Peralta Trail to the Lone Pine
Distance: 6 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1568'
Dog Friendly: VERY.
Permit/Pass Required: No.
Getting There: See Map.
Tips: Bring enough water, definitely pack some snacks or a small lunch to enjoy as you take in the views of Weaver's Needle from Fremont Saddle or the Pine Tree. Small dogs may struggle on some of the rocks, but my chiweenie has no problems. Get there early for easy parking and be aware that the road can be a little rough for a low-clearance vehicle, but do-able if you take it slow.
About the Hike: Peralta Trail is one of those trails that gives you a little bit of everything. It's not too difficult, but enough of a challenge that you feel like you got a great workout. It's not too long, but long enough to make a great day hike. And it can be extended if you are feeling even more adventurous. The hike starts out pretty flat and if you hit it at the right time of the year you'll be gifted with ample water for your pup, especially in the draw, as well as a tiny waterfall or two. Once you start to climb the views become absolutely breath-taking. Turn around and look behind you now and again for the wonder, or save those views for the way back. The trail has plenty of shade if you need to give your tired legs a break (all the rocks can feel like mother-nature's own version of your gym's stair-stepper after the first mile and a half). The rock formations and vegetation changes with elevation and there is no shortage on things to look at and appreciate (even some hidden caves)!
Once you reach the viewpoint for Weaver's Needle, pick a vacant rock and pull out your lunch, or continue the trail to the left and meander up behind the tall rock formations for some great, shady views of the needle with a little more privacy from the crowds. Then it's off to the lone pine tree - which I recommend you visit for even longer with an overnight backpacking trip in! Set up the tent under the tree and enjoy watching the sunset and sunrise from one of Arizona's most spectacular viewpoints! Download the AllTrails map so you don't get lost!