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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2013
AZLumberjack
Hiking5.85 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   4 Hrs      1.95 mph
1,440 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Back home in Minnesota, when the snow and cold descended and you couldn't get out for a couple of days, we called it "Cabin Fever". Well, the recent chill that has descended on the valley has given me a case of cabin fever, so I had to get out and stretch the legs and enjoy the crisp fresh air.

I headed for the Peralta TH because it should have good sun light for most of the hike and I wasn't wrong. The air had a definite chill to it and there was a light breeze coming down off the saddle, but once I got moving, that was soon forgotten.

As I approached the first creek crossing, I was surprised to hear the sounds of falling water, but sure enough water was flowing through the rocks and down into the deep pool. The porous creek bed absorbed the water as fast as it entered, so the pool wasn't getting any larger. As I continued up the trail, I came across several frozen puddles, some to shallow and with ice too thick to break.

As you approach the upper reaches of the trail, in the 'slick rock' areas, I have noticed numerous drill holes in the flat surfaces of the rock. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned this to Luis Ruiz at the Blueberry Mine Store on Apache Trail. My thoughts were that a fence line had been attempted but given up on, or someone was going to capitalize on the tourists using the trail and install hand rails. I was wrong on both counts :?

Luis told me that back in the 50's or 60's, before this was designated as a Wilderness Area, a prospector was convinced that there was GOLD below this layer of rock. The prospector hauled drilling equipment more than 1,000 feet up the trail and drilled a series of blasting holes, some as much as four feet deep. For whatever reason, he didn't blow the top of the mountain off, perhaps ran out of cash, but the holes still exist today. The next time you take that hike, look for all the drill holes in the rock and think about lugging drilling equipment all the way up that trail :o

I got up to Fremont Saddle and continued on to the lone Pinon Tree out on the point. It's such a beautiful overlook once again so I took a short break while taking in the views that I never seem to tire of.

So I began my return back down the trail. Up till now, I had only met one other person, but it didn't take long for that to change, as I met a 15 person group followed shortly by a 4 person group heading towards the saddle. Quick greetings, and I was on my way again meeting the occasional 2 and 4 person groups. At the creek crossing, the water was still flowing but the pool hadn't grown any larger. As I returned to my truck, I noticed that the parking lot was now 1/2 full and it was just past noon, still chilly, but a nice bright Arizona sun to cap off the morning. YEP, cabin fever cured again. :y:
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