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Overview of Weaver’s Needle

There are many ways to get a view of the iconic Weaver’s Needle in the Superstition Wilderness (pictured above), but my favorite is from near Fremont Saddle. This is a great hike from autumn through spring, thought a bit too warm for my liking in the summer months. The hike to Fremont Saddle and the view of Weaver’s Needle is one of the most popular hikes in the Superstition Mountains and is one of the relatively easier hikes with a worthwhile destination/view. Other hikes you may consider graduating to after experiencing Fremont Saddle and Weavers Needle include The Flatiron via the Siphon Draw Trail and Battleship Mountain.

Much fable has surrounded the significance of Weaver’s Needle, including a story that at the summer solstice the shadow of the tip of the needle marks the location of the hidden Lost Dutchman’s Treasure (ha!). To me, it is a grand monolith that rises 1,000 feet above the granite garden beneath.

Logistics

Take US 60 to Peralta Road (~Mile Marker 204) and then take Peralta Road northeast all the way until it dead ends at the Peralta Trailhead. Peralta Road is 6 miles long and is a relatively well maintained dirt road that can handle cars, though higher clearance vehicles are always preferable. There is a very sizeable parking lot at the Peralta Trailhead, though in peak season even it can fill up. The pin at the map below will take you to the trailhead parking lot.

The most direct (and my favorite) route to Fremont Saddle and the view of Weaver’s Needle is Superstition Mountains Trail #102 through Peralta Canyon. To Fremont Saddle it is 2.5 miles one way and a 1,380’ elevation gain, providing a moderate hike. You can return on the same route as you came, or there are countless other (longer) routes you can take to get back to your vehicle – check out this map of the superstition mountain wilderness for more ideas.

The vista at the saddle will be your first view of Weaver’s Needle, though the best view is from a ridge to your right (east). There are no official trails to the point of the ridge so keep your eye out for some developed (unofficial) trails and make your way along the ridge. There is a lone pine tree at the end of the ridge (visible in the picture below) that provides a great picnic and/or camping spot, not to mention a closer view of Weaver’s Needle.

Weavers Needle Arizona Superstition Wilderness

Weaver’s Needle as viewed from Fremont Saddle

Gear and Gadgets

As the typical hiking route is only 5 miles long, everything in the Day Trip Gear Guide should have you plenty prepared. Remember to bring PLENTY of water, especially in the warmer months. People have died in the Superstitions and unfortunately this is a nearly annual occurrence. Be smart, go prepared, and make sure you tell someone trusted where you are going before setting out on your adventure!

Further Reading

Outdoors & Wilderness First Aid

Day Trip Gear Guide

Photography Gear & Gadgets

Leave No Trace Principles

United States Forest Service Guide on the Superstition Mountains

 

About The Author

Jeremy Meek is a native Arizonan with a passion for adventure and discovery of unique experiences. Whether exploring Arizona or setting out on an adventure abroad, Jeremy is constantly scouting truly great adventures and experiences.

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