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2008-01-26
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Jan 26 2008
Hansenaz
Hiking8.70 Miles
Hiking8.70 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.93 mph
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Cave Trail #233
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Weavers Xcut - Cave Trail Loop

A nice uncrowded trip in a crowded part of the Superstitions. I logged this loop counterclockwise last year and my wife came along for this clockwise version.

Having the HikeArizona GPS waypoints helps find the turnoffs onto these less supported trails.

We left the Peralta trailhead on the Bluff Springs Trail and after about a mile or so, joined the Cave trail which climbs straight up the hill (where the Bluff Springs trail goes right). As all the logs for the Cave trail note, its a lot of fun and a bit of an adventure. By now there are cairns all over the place and many variations. About a third of the way along we took the "high and right" variation which eventually took us to the east side of the ridge, overlooking Barks Canyon. Geronimo's Cave itself is apparently on the other side of the ridge, but in the interesting high traverse we walked past a reasonably good facsimile. Our variation (again cairn marked all the way) rejoined the main "trail" on the far side of the prominent high point (pt 3788 on the topo).

From there its an easy walk to Fremont saddle, then a descent of a little more than a mile down Boulder Canyon to a cairn marked branch off to Weavers Xcut. Nice to leave the Peralta Trail as we were followed down the Peralta Trail by a troop of very loud scouts. The XCut is cairn marked all the way but this climb into the basin from the west is the roughest part of the trip. After cresting that ridge things get more tranquil and the area is very nice; continue along until you reach the Terrapin trail, take a right, turn on to the Bluff Springs trail and back to the parking lot.

How To Put Out a Campfire
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.
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