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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2013
AZLumberjack
Hiking6.07 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   1.90 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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As I made my turn off the 60 onto Peralta Road, I was following a Pinal County Search & Rescue truck so I was a bit concerned at this early hour. Upon arriving at the Peralta TH, there was now 5 Search & Rescue vehicles in the lot so I went over to find out if there was a problem. I was assured that there were no lost hikers and this was a training day for the guys.

I got my gear straightened out and hit the trail a few minutes ahead of the 5 deputies. It was cool at the early hour and a stiff breeze was blowing down the canyon as I headed up the trail. I could hear the guys behind me and soon one overtook me but the other's were kinda slacking it and I passed the guy again.

We played leapfrog for most of the way up, me keeping my slow-but-steady pace and those guys moving fast but then taking breaks. Finally up by the slick-rock portion I paused and let them take the lead thinking it might hurt their feelings to have a 73 year old beating them to the saddle :)

At the saddle, they rested again but I kept on going out to the lone Pinon Tree on the scenic overlook. The breeze had settled down and felt good about now, the sun was high and not a cloud to be found anywhere. I took a break here remembering last year when I came across a metal bench seat with a cable attaching the bench to the tree. But the bench is long gone now and the area is a enticing as it was ment to be.

After my snack I headed back thinking about the Cave Trail route, but dismissed that thought and continued back to the saddle. The trip down was unpleasant because of the loose rocks that settled into the trail....leftovers from the Monsoon season. The trail has a fairly severe washout in an area just below the Balancing Rock, it's in a narrow portion of the trail with a steep side making the new ditch hard to avoid.

It felt good to get back to my truck, stow my gear and head back home for lunch. My legs are a little stiff but that was to be expected after 6 months away from the mountains. Got a fun hike coming up with Angela & Kelly then another with Hank & Larry....Getting the new season off to a good start :y:

dry Peralta Canyon Dry Dry
Dry from TH to the Saddle.

dry Peralta Creek at #102 Crossing Dry Dry
Couldn't find water even in the deep puddles

dry Peralta Spring Dry Dry
Not a drop to be found.
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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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