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Robbers Roost / Weavers Needle Loop, AZ
mini location map2012-03-03
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Robbers Roost / Weavers Needle Loop, AZ 
Robbers Roost / Weavers Needle Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking15.32 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking15.32 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   2.16 mph
4,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break17.5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
My son had a rare Saturday off and I talked him into getting up early on his day off. The promise... A Superstition adventure.

The morning was cold and very windy, I chose to keep the long pants on.
Our route started at the Peralta TH, a short road walk south past Don's Camp and on the Lost Gold Mine trail. The the trudge up to West Bolder Saddle was as tough as I remembered.

From here you head NE following a cairned route. I was surprised to find conifers up here. Their color against the boulders was striking. You have to be a bit careful following the cairnes, in places they go multiple directions. I has a GPS track loaded that basically followed the drainage up until a point it climbed out a cairned route on the southside.

On top, there are incredible views and places to play / explore. We spent more time up there that I'd planned, but not near enough time to check it all out. Getting down past the waterfall area was a bit tricky, but we found a narrow route just to the west. There was evidence of an old rope someone had used to go directly down the currently dry falls.

Making our way up again, we had to stop and take the obligatory surfing pictures on the surfboard. We also had to stop at the gun-sight for some photo ops. To this point we had not seen a sole all day. Once at Fremont Saddle that changed drastically. Our lunch break was just off the Peralta trail west of Weavers needle. Looking towards the top, we noticed a small red dot. Upon a Super Zoom shot, the red dot was one of two free climbers, close to the summit. We were playing it by ear to see if we felt like doing the whole Peralta> Dutchman> Terrapin> Bluff Springs loop, or if we'd cut it short and take the crosscut route just south of Weavers Needle. We chose the longer of the routes. I knew Angela was going to be up on Black Top Mesa, so we kept an eye out for her as we passed below.... no luck.

We turned on Terrapin to make the push back to the TH. Part way up we ran into a couple of nice backpackers on their way to Black Top Mesa. They said the that they use HAZ to help plan their trips.:y:.

Once on Bluff Springs trail we started running into all sorts of people on the way back to the Peralta TH.

What a great hike, and enjoyed spending the day with one of my sons. :y: I wish my other son lived closer :( ...
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