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2013-01-30  
2008-10-21  
Fifty Seven Arms, AZ
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Fifty Seven Arms, AZ 
Fifty Seven Arms, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2013
jameslcox44
Hiking10.00 Miles
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.82 mph
      30 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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We had heard about the big saguaro cactus in the Superstitions and wanted to find it. We left the Peralta TH at 9 a.m. and moved up Bluffs Springs trail. We arrived at the Dutchman's trail after a 3.5 mile hike and turned north on that trail. We walked another 1 1/2 miles to arrive at the famous cactus. Leaving Bluffs Springs trail we walked along a flowing creekbed for nearly a mile and then moved up to a saddle. After passing the saddle, we moved along the trail through trees that made a canopy over the trail. Coming out of the canopy, the big saguaro was obvious to see ahead of us and about 100 feet on a side trail to the left.

It was in kind of bad shape, but still standing. We did our photo op and headed back the way we came in. Before we arrived at the Bluff Springs junction, we talked to a couple of hikes who asked how far to the Peralta TH. We told them it was a long, long way if they continued on Dutchman's trail, but if they moved back to the Bluff Springs trail, it was 3 1/2 miles. They were grateful for the information. We got back to the TH at 3 p.m.
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