Arrived at Peralta trail head about 6am Saturday morning and 3 other groups were already in the parking lot. Headed out on Bluff Springs trail, ascended Cardiac hill and continued North to the junction with Cave trail. Scratched my head a bit about where the junction actually was... but I could see the trail climbing the next hill and went through the brush until I reached it.
After climbing this hill the sun was coming up and caught some of the Hoodoos
in the morning light looking towards the east and also towards the west
along Peralta trail. A bit later the Devil's Slide
came into view. I took the backside route around the peak containing Geronimo Cave and captured the Moon
rising above its peak. Still on the backside I found some interesting purple
flowers, some shadowed formations
looking down towards Upper Barks Canyon, and some good morning views of Weavers Needle
. Finding my way from the backside back to the Cave trail proper was a bit of a challenge that yielded both the trail and another type of purple Flower
Arriving at the overlook Northeast of Fremont Saddle I found the famous pine tree, a lone Saguaro, and some Agaves framing the Needle
. One last shot of the Needle
and some Agaves
watching the moonrise and then I started back down Cave Trail towards the parking lot.
Returned to a very full parking lot 11:21am. None of the owners were on Cave Trail, most were on Peralta and I had seen a few groups on Bluff Springs.
With some intentional and more than a few route finding diversions total travel distance was 6.36mi