Arizona Hiking Gallery
Peralta Canyon Trail Hike
Superstition Wilderness, AZ
May 25, 2008
Gallery contains 20 photos
Gallery last updated: 6/17/2008

This hike was about a 6 mile out-and-back hike along the Peralta Trail in the Superstition Wilderness. I was an unusually cool late May day after an rare couple of days of rain in May. The hike started from the Peralta Trailhead and went out to the "lone pine" point just beyond Fremont Saddle. See my November 23, 2006 Peralta Canyon Hike Gallery for more photos from Peralta Canyon.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 1
Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus).

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 2
After a record amount of rainfall for May earlier in the week, a little trickle of water still flows down the rocks.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 3
About half way up the canyon the always intriguing balancing rock formation takes center stage.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 4
Strange eroded volcanic formations tower above the Peralta Trail.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 5
Closeup view of the bouldery slopes of a ridge that juts out toward Weavers Needle.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 6
Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris) hiding in the shadows of a prickly pear cactus.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 7
Parry's Agave flower stalk with an interesting corkscrew twist.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 8
Weavers Needle.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 9
To the north and a little to the east of Fremont Saddle is a ridge with a lone pine tree. This is a view of Weavers Needle from the "lone pine" point.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 10
The "lone pine" is Single-leaf Pinyon Pine (Pinus monophylla).

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 11
A unique characteristic of the Single-leaf Pinyon Pine, as its name implies, is that the needles are single, not bundled in groups as with other pines.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 12
Bark of the Single-leaf Pinyon Pine.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 13
I haven't positively id this guy yet, but I suspect that this a lizard showing off his vivid orange throat is an Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus). The throat color of these lizards can vary wildly from orange to yellow to blue.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 14
This is the same lizard as the previous photo.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 15
Flowers of a barrel cactus amid a mass of sharp hooked spines.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 16
Tansyaster (Machaeranthera sp.).

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 17
A rocky gully coming down from the slopes of Peralta Canyon.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 18
Rock formations in Peralta Canyon.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 19
This lizard escaped capture, but lost his tail in the process.

Peralta Canyon Trail Hike: Image 20
Zebra-Tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides).

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