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Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2011
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.67 mph
1,400 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
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It rained almost an inch at my house on Friday nite and into the morning but by rise and shine time, the sky in the west was clearing. Trish called to tell us it was still quite overcast in AJ but I said the hike was still on as the conditions looked favorable.

Linda picked me up at 7:45 and as were driving toward the souped in Supes, we kept hoping we would be bringing the clearer skies with us but we drove too fast ;) and the clearer skies wouldn't happen until nearly 12:30. Oh well. We met Trish and Pam at the TH, geared and layered up before making our way up the Peralta Trail. It was nippy but once we got going, it seemed not so bad.

The trail could have been much more crowded but I think the weather scared off the normal Saturday throng. As we got a little higher, the light on the mountains to the south of us was creating a very scenic view. We found ourselves looking back a lot plus a few folks were unlayering. I'm never too fond of this bottom section but once you get to about the 1 and 1/2-3/4 section, it's just so awesome. Today it was even more so because of the cloud cover as it was casting a fall :FG: hue on the landscape.

Once we hit the bedrock area of the trail, it was lots of fun taking in the even more incredible views. My photos look like paintings. I can't quite describe it but between the fall color of some of the flora, the bedrock and the hoo doos, the scenery was striking. Two corners later and we arrived at the Saddle. I was anxious to share a viewpoint that many don't bother to see as it takes a little bit of work; at least the way I go ;) .

We scrambled up and through some space between the rocks to the west of where we arrived and I showed Pam and Linda what I call the playground. I also showed them where you could see the Weaver's Needle between a grouping of rocks. It is a climbable area and both girls gave it a shot. I got some great photos and some video.

Next we went over to the saddle and had a quick lunch as it got a bit chilly so we wanted to get moving again. In my pursuit to find the easier path across the Saddle, I took a tumble :o ... a real tumble. I was walking with my hands in my vest pocket just to warm them up a bit not realizing I would need them to maintain my balance when my feet let me down. Oh well, no worse for wear. Pam helped me up :thanx: and the new camera was fine :D as it was tucked safely in my new camera case.

So on we went over to the pine tree at Weaver's Needle Overlook. Of course, this trail has one tricky area that you have to get down but it sure is pretty right there with all the different color of rock. You may not notice it when you go down but when you come back, the rock really stands out as well as a little cave that per Linda, is occupied though not right at the moment.

We took our group photo at the Overlook altho it didn't turn out quite as good as I hoped cuz some grass got in the way :oplz: but Trish and I look good :DANCE: . Next objective, the Cave Trail and as usual, it delivers fun and beauty. We stopped at the Cairn Museum, made a contribution and then took the back door (south side) to Geronimo's Cave.
By now, the sun was out and we had Fraleys floating thru the intensely blue sky. As I gazed out from the top level of the Cave, I was surprised how clear it was :) and how far I could see so it was time to test out that new zoom. Hopefully some folks can help me identify some of the landmarks and ranges in the photos.
Here is where the PEEPS came into play. After eating a couple for myself, I shared the rest of the package. Apparently there wasn't an interest so Pam threw them up to Linda when 3 came flying out of the package. They were ghost PEEPS so we named them the ghosts of Geronimo's Cave. And this is where the Four Chicks and Three Peeps tour all began. I know, we're silly :GB:

Next up, the Devil's Slide. The Chicks scooted there way down and a couple of us slid down that last little bit, Whoo hoo! From there it was off to the Devil's Bathtub where Pam and the PEEPS took advantage of a photo op. Coming down the Bald Man's Head and Forehead is always an interesting adventure and thank goodness for the sticky rock. This is my 3rd time down the Cave Trail and my 4th time on the Cave Trail this year so most of the :scared: is gone now.

And of course, there is that last bit of UP you have to get to the Cathedral Rocks where I told the CHICKS there would be no more up. Well like most trip leaders, I forgot about one more hill (but it was short and little) and they all reminded me about the "last bit of UP" I had promised them earlier. I certainly know how they feel 8-[ as I've been there, done that so many times!

Finally we get down to Bluff Springs Trail and the CHICKS are relieved to get to some solid and level ground... until we start going down Cardiac Hill [-( . But before you know it, we're at the end of another glorious day in the Superstition Mountains. I LOVE this trail.

Video - Hiking up Peralta Trail with great cloud cover that created beautiful scenery:
Video - At the Saddle, hike to and from Weaver's Overlook:
Video - Hike from the Overlook to Cave Trail and Geronimo's Cave:
Video - Hike from Geronimo's Cave, down the Devil's Slide, Bald Man's Head, Bald Man's Forehead:
Video - From the Slide area, finishing off the Cave Trail and Bluff Springs Trail to Peralta Trailhead:
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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