Friday looked like it was going to be a good day for getting out and taking some photos. The sky was to have high clouds and there was a predicted light wind. The valley had a haze that would be a problem, but I wanted to get out anyway.
The views of Weaver's Needle from Freemont Saddle are some of the best in the Superstitions, and there's a lone pine out on Overlook Ridge that's even better. Since I haven't been out to the ridge yet, I figured this would a good day to make the trip and get the photos.
I arrived at the Trailhead after 9:00am to find only a couple of cars in the parking lot and by 9:30 I had signed in and was on the trail. It was a beautiful start to the day and the valley haze was now a thing of the past. As I continued up the trail, I came across a team of AZ Parks volunteers that were improving the trail. There were 11 all together spread out along the trail, trimming the brush, removing tree branches, clearing rocks and creating water diversion channels. They were doing a heck of a job and I tip my hat to their excellent efforts. Nowhere along the trail, did I see even a plastic water bottle.
I reached the saddle around 11:00 and headed out to the Pine Tree on Overlook Ridge, getting there in another 20 minutes. There aren't any well defined trails up here as it seems like everyone takes their own route, but you can't get lost, just follow the ridgeline to the tree.
The view of Weaver's Needle from this vantage point is so much better than at the saddle, that I would say a trip to see the Needle is wasted if you don't continue on out to the Overlook. I removed my pack and wandered around the area shooting differing views of the Needle. The boulder field surrounding the base of Weaver's Needle is clearly visible from here and seems as though they are sentry's guarding the Needle from intruders. Close to the base of the tree was a blue box (see photos) with a log book for sign-in and contained trinkets for swapping. I think once the Forest Service finds the box, it will be removed.
After shooting the Needle from every available angle that the Overlook presented, I began heading back. The trail was now filling up with hikers and I came across a couple of women who thought they were on the trail to Hieroglyphic Canyon
Once I told them where they were heading, there was a lot of finger pointing "See, I told you we should have turned off on King's Ranch Road". But they continued on up the trail.
I came across the trail maintenance volunteers again and told them what a great job they were doing. Before reaching the trailhead, I must have met another 25 hikers on their way up. I reached the trailhead at 2:00, removed my gear and signed out. It was a good hike and my GPS logged in just over 6 miles because of my wandering while taking photos.