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Cave Trail #233
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2006-02-18
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Feb 18 2006
bails
Hiking7.70 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   6 Hrs      1.28 mph
1,400 ft AEG
 
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I finally got the opportunity to try the Cave Trail as a return from a hike up the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle. After a quick break at Fremont Saddle for some great pix of Weaver's Needle, we took a side trip up East Boulder Canyon to the site of Marie Celeste Jones' Pinon Camp where we ate lunch under the Needle. Next, we headed back towards Fremont Saddle and detoured to the lone pine tree at the end of the point for yet another great view of Weaver's Needle and some more pix. Then finally, on to Cave Trail.... :D

Though not an officially maintained trail, Cave Trail was well-cairned and easy to follow. The Devil's Slide was somewhat of a disappointment; it was no harder than the descent directly above the basin on Siphon Draw. We met only two other hikers on Cave Trail. On Peralta, a cast of thousands was heading up to the saddle including numerous groups of screaming teenagers and twenty-somethings. Cave Trail offered not only great views of Peralta Canyon, but peace and quiet not found on Peralta. I hope the noisy twenty-somethings never discover Cave Trail! :D

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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