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Peralta to Fremont Saddle, AZ
2012-05-0311 by
 
Phoenix, AZ
 
Hiking5.50 Miles   5 Hrs       1.83 mph
1,600 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break  
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Get back from Safford to a household of 10 people. My brother-in-law informs me that Thursday morning he has to take his son and his family to the Gateway Airport at 4:30 A.M. I said, "great, let's go hiking!" :D

Getting that early of a start, I knew we could do something short in the Superstitions before it got too hot. I picked this Hike because I was pretty sure that my brother-in-law and my niece, who also wanted to go, would be in good enough shape to do this one. (Oops? :sweat:)My niece is also an avid photographer, so I knew that they would love the views.

Got to the TH about 6:00 A.M., after a late start getting to the Airport. Started up the Trail and just enjoyed the morning. I was packing most of the Water, which I brought plenty, and I had also lent my brother-in-law my fannie pack with more water in it. They loved the views and my niece got lots of photographs along the way. I felt amazingly good and never got winded going up, probably because I didn't get a chance to. The going was slower than I anticipated as I had overestimated the fitness of my relatives. It was fine, they were fine, it was just a little slow, but I knew they were enjoying it, so it was worth it to me. I made sure they were drinking water and eventually we got to the Saddle...

We all thoroughly enjoyed the Saddle, and since I didn't feel like I had worked my poor relatives out enough, I suggested that we go out to the Overlook! :sweat: They were game, so off we went. Took a nice break at the Overlook and then headed back. We only ran into one person on the way up, but we started running into a few on the way down and it was getting pretty warm.

Almost every one of the people we ran into asked us if they were almost there, or if they were "halfway" yet. Most of the people were still below what I would call the halfway point, so I had a little fun with that, since alot of them looked like they were getting hot already. One couple said "no way" and turned around, which surprised me because they looked like the fittest of the bunch.... :sweat: I guess it goes to show you that looks don't mean everything.... :sl:

My brother-in-law actually had a harder time going down than he did going up. His legs kept cramping, so going down took quite awhile too. But we made it and I know that he and my niece definitely felt like they had had a workout. 9 liters of water leaving the TH and 2 oz left at the car when we got back. :o

I like this Trail when it's not crowded, and it's definitely a good one to take visitors on, if you can gauge their fitness level... :D Enjoyed hiking with some actual family members for a change, and I know that they enjoyed it as well, although they were probably cursing me the next morning.... :sl:
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