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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2012
AZLumberjack
Hiking6.30 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.29 mph
1,440 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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Let's see.........Friday the 13th, What should I do to keep out of trouble today? Guess I'll go hiking. It's been kinda warm lately and reports of snakes are becoming more frequent, but tomorrow is supposed to cool off with rain and today's a nice day so,, off I go.

I chose the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle because with the changing weather, I thought there might be some really neat clouds over the Needle. As it turns out, I was wrong again. Got to the trailhead, with plenty of parking spots left (I think the snowbirds are leaving town, OH WAIT, that's me too), got my gear together, signed in at 0800 and hit the trail. I passed about 6 hikers on my way up to the saddle and got there at 0920 (Wow!! I did that in an hour and 20 minutes). Then I continued on to the Pine Tree Overlook where I removed my sweaty gear and drank about half a bottle of water.

I was all alone out here so I got my camera going and shot several photos of Weavers Needle out there sitting in the bright sun under a cloudless blue sky (darn). This is a beautiful spot so I sat down in the shade of the tree with my binoculars and watched the buzzards soar effortlessly on the updrafts. It would be so cool to view the Superstitions from their perspective.

Finished off that bottle of water, my shirt was now dry and legs felt pretty rested, so it was about time to get moving again. Now there's hikers coming out of the rocks with their maps and books wondering how to get on the Cave Trail (no GPS, no extra water, etc). I cautioned them about poorly marked trails, pointed them in the right direction and wished them well. The Saddle was, by now, beginning to look like a picnic grounds, so I just kept heading back down to the trailhead. About half way down, I got passed by a couple of young girls but I couldn't catch up with them so I slowed down to my normal downhill stumble speed :stretch:

There were several groups, now at intermittent intervals, working their way up the trail so I was glad when I reached the trailhead and signed out. My shirt was sweat wet again so I took it off and hung it up to dry while I cooled off with a beer from the cooler (oh yeah). I exchanged conversation with the wood carving Ranger on duty and reported no snake encounters for his info to hikers.

With my thirst now satisfied and my shirt dry, I pointed the truck back down Peralta Road. I had just passed the Carney Spring parking lot when I saw a snake hi-tailing it across the road just ahead of me. I hit the brakes, but it was already in the manzanita brush hidden from view. About a mile farther down the road, another snake was crossing the road and this time I couldn't avoid running it over. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out of the truck just in time to see it slither over the berm and into the brush. I don't know what it was, just that it was close to 5 feet long, no rattles and in spite of getting run over, it was pretty quick :o

In a couple of weeks I'll be making the trip back to Minnesota again. The summer months there, allow for continued outdoor use, it you can tolerate the mosquitoes and horse fly's, but I'm sure going to miss getting out in the Superstitions for the next 6 months. :-({|=
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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