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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2011
DarthStiller
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   0.88 mph
1,800 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I've been pushing the envelope with hikes with my kids for a little while now and it looks like we found the limit on this hike. This one again approached 6 miles, but there was also a 1500' vertical climb involved in getting to Fremont Saddle and then we took the Cave Trail back, which is not very kid friendly. Everyone made it ok, but the tired factor weighed very heavily the last mile or two. The kids did their first hike in their new Camelbaks and fared very well.

We started at about 10:30am with our friends, making a group of 8. I noticed johnlp's white van in the parking lot, as well as a grey Tacoma that had an old HAZ bumper sticker as well as the modern window decal.

We took off up the Peralta Trail. I haven't hiked this section of the trail in about 8 or 9 years and forgot about the "false summits" of sorts that occur as you ascend. It keep looking like the saddle was just over the next hill. There were a few spots where some water was running, but just a trickle. The kids were pretty drained once we got to the saddle and ate every bit of food we took with us. Both Natasha and Dmitri pretty much emptied their 50oz Camelbak bladders by the time we got up there.

On the way back we took the Cave Trail. It starts out nice enough being level, but then the route finding gets tiring with kids. The one section where you have to walk down the smoothed out ridge was kind of dicey, but everyone made it without incident. I normally like to let Dmitri hike as much on his own without assistance, but by the end, we were making sure to hold his hand so he didn't take any headers on the trail. In that sense, going uphill was actually easier than going downhill. Along the upper end of this trail, snow in the eastern Superstition Wilderness is still visible.

We got back to the TH at 5:15pm, making for an almost 7 hour day of hiking. On the way home we stopped for dinner in AJ since everyone was pretty drained afterwards.
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