|Hiking||13.00 Miles|| 6 Hrs 40 Mns || ||1.95 mph|
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After a nice Thanksgiving break, I decided to get away and do a nice loop in the Superstitions. The weather was perfect today, but I brought extra layers just in case it colder than expected. I started this loop from the Peralta TH and made it a Dutchman-Bull Pass-Peralta-Cave loop. Last week, I had done the portion of Dutchman from First Water TH to Black Top Mesa which is kinna bland and was wanting to explore the rest of this long trail knowing it had to be more scenic. I was definitely not disappointed on this trip and was able to see many differents views of the beautiful Supes I had yet to see.
This sweet loop took me from the mouth of the craggy Peralta Canyon, thru the expansive Barkley Basin, past the eye-opening Miners Needle, up to scenic Miners Pass, down to the inviting Bluff Spring Canyon, over to the lush La Barge seasonal spring (great place to camp), further down to the hidden oasis at Charlebois Canyon, past the impressive Marsh Valley, up to the quiet Bull Pass, by the interesting Black Top Mesa and Palomino Mountain, thru Boulder Canyon past the jaw-dropping Weavers Needle, up to the spectacular Fremont Saddle, and finally down the adventurous Cave Trail past Geronimo Cave back to the car. Only time I saw other people was within 4 miles of Peralta TH and at Charlebois Canyon. Charlebois was an interesting sight to find in the middle of the Superstitions. It had a series of about a dozen small pools with loads of trees, thick berry bushes, fallen trees, and even saw tons of cattail around the creek. All within 20 feet of Saguaros and the rest of the Sonoran desert landscape.
Distance logged is from Peralta TH, north and around to 1.5 miles on Bull Pass trail, back on Dutchman until it juctions with Peralta trail again below Black Top Mesa (includes some playing around in Charlebois Canyon). Total trip was almost 20 miles and completed in about 10 hours.
|Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p|