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2012-03-04
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Mar 04 2012
Preston Sands
Hiking7.30 Miles 2,417 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles
2,417 ft AEG16 LBS Pack
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Peralta to Fremont Saddle
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I quietly rolled into Jason's campsite off Peralta Road just before midnight, and promptly crashed in the bed of my truck. I awoke at 3 am, bewildered and annoyed at an apparent hurricane passing through. The moonlit Superstitions were quite a sight, though.

Sunday had arrived warm and cloudless. Jason and I began our hike at Lost Goldmine Trailhead, and headed west across the desert foothills. My first ever hike up Carney Springs trail to West Boulder Saddle was quite enjoyable, with the desert floor growing distant and hedgehog cacti in flower.

We encountered a large group of backpackers at West Boulder Saddle. They went north on a cairned route while we went east. Entering a hidden valley, we stopped to cool off and eat lunch in the shade of a massive boulder before climbing into more difficult terrain.

Reaching the hike's highpoint, we arrived in a wonderland of hoodoos with an incredible far reaching view of the eastern Superstitions. It took a bit of back tracking but we found a good descent route directly above Fremont Saddle. After squirming through a gap in the rocks and a thicket of brush, we arrived at the Peralta Freeway and decided to take it back down as the hour was getting late.

The Lost Goldmine trailhead was deserted at the end of our afternoon adventure, where the subject of Mexican food was discussed. Serrano's it would be (always a good choice). Afterward, Jason went home and I did the same.

Had an excellent trip, it was great to finally see Dacite Mesa. Dacite is quite the scenic place and a fun hike.
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Come ye sweltering denizens of the plains to the mountains and enjoy life -Colorado Miner, July 25, 1867
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Warning: heat kills!
Avoid 8am to 5pm over 90 degrees. Prehydrate & stay hydrated.
Hikebot recommends using an umbrella to block the sun.
Avoid Heat Illness - do NOT hike when temps exceed 100 degrees, period.
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