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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2012
AZLumberjack
Hiking5.84 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   1.98 mph
1,440 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
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The sun hadn't yet broken above the peaks along the Eastern side of the Peralta Road as I drove in to the trailhead parking lot. There were a couple of cars already in the lot, as I had expected, so I chose a spot close to the front and slipped into my gear as a group of young hikers hit the trail ahead of me. I took inventory of my gear as I signed in; GPS (yup), cell phone (yup), backpack w/water (yup), camera and tripod (yup & yup), good to go.

As I began walking up the trail, more cars filtered in and began making lots of noise, but I was soon out of range. I had to set up the camera/tripod to take some pre-sunrise shots for HDR processing. Then as the sun's first rays began lighting up the tallest hoodoos, it almost appeared as though they were still in the molten phases dating back some 30 million years.

There was a pleasant breeze blowing which made the hike feel cooler than the morning chill, so hiking up the mountain felt pretty good. I made periodic stops to setup the camera/tripod to try to capture the golden colors of the early morning sun rising and spreading first light into the shaded canyon.

Before long I caught up with the group ahead of me so I exchanged greetings and plodded along my way with them now trailing behind. It was a pleasant hike to the Saddle and as I broke onto the flats, I noticed a father and his two teenage children who had spent the night camping at the saddle. We talked briefly and he asked me for directions to the Cave Trail, which I provided with mention to trail-finding problems that can arise.

I snapped a couple bracketed sets of Weavers Needle in the early light before setting out to the Pinon tree on the point. As I approached the remote and scenic tree, I was completely blown away by what I next saw :o There under the Pinon Tree sits a park bench complete with a heavy cable and lock attaching bench to tree :tt: How totally thoughtless [-( The bench destroys all planned photo scenes of the Needle in the background of the Pinon Tree :yuck:
Since that part of my morning was now destroyed, I paused briefly to take a couple more shots of the Needle (without tree & bench) and begin my return.

Back at the Saddle, it was beginning to fill up with hikers and I was soon wondering if I had stumbled into a Japanese hiking convention, must have been 20 of them. So I kept on going back down the trail, still meeting groups of hikers, large groups and small groups. Sure glad I was on my way back with that many people going up.

When I reached the parking lot, I removed my gear, signed out on the log book and took time to enjoy a cold beer and (the now traditional) salted-in-the-shell peanuts. The father and his children signed out behind me and told me that it was getting to be a real mad house up on the saddle. As I was driving out, the parking lots were full or filling all the way back to the horse trailer parking.

Thus ends another adventure along the Peralta Trail, I know,,,,,, ya dumb :pk: its not just a weekend, it's a Thanksgiving Weekend. Glad I started early though :out:
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