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2008-02-16
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Feb 16 2008
jdsteele
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
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1st trip
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We headed out towards the Superstitions at about 9am, was thinking about going to Fish Creek Canyon but when we saw the low clouds hanging over the mountain decided to hike up Peralta. I've done this hike many, many times but my girlfriend has never done it. I absolutely love hiking in the rain and fog! Such a different experience for me on this hike, the creek was flowing, beautiful clouds shrouding the hoodoos, I've never seen anything like it!

A large group of boy scouts (about 30) were heading up the canyon with plans to spend the night at the base of Weavers Needle. Overheard one of the scout masters say that hiking in the fog really forces you to take notice of what's near rather than always looking out at the long view. I couldn't agree more.

When we got up to Fremont Saddle and I held my arms out and exclaimed "There it is: Weaver's Needle! Look at that amazing view!" Of course we couldn't see more than about 100 feet in front of us. We wandered up to the lone Pinyon pine at the edge of the saddle and waited for the clouds to life enough to at least see most of the needle.

Coming back down and the clouds were breaking up with gorgeous blue sky peeking thru. Still some big clouds moving over, I hope the scouts didn't get rained on!

Another amazing hike in the Superstitions this season!

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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