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Peralta TH to First Water TH, AZ 
Peralta TH to First Water TH, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2014
Hiking12.02 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking12.02 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   1.92 mph
1,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
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Had a great hike on a great day with a couple of really great hiking friends. Angela, Ambika and I have hiked the trails all around here but were unable to put them all together until today. The shuttle drive gets to be a time consuming pain in the :pk: but until they get the light rail finished ;) it's about the only way to get from here to there.

The parking lot was filling up fast as we arrived so we got our gear on and hit the trail in quick fashion. We made a couple of photo stops on the way up to Fremont Saddle then took a short breather (slang for photo stop) before heading down the opposite side. Always great to see and hear the expressions as a first-timer rounds that final turn and views the Needle for the first time :)

This rugged Superstition terrain catches your eye so much that I found myself constantly looking at the scenery and subsequently stubbing my toe on the next rock, gotta remember to stop when gawking or pay the price :) We found pools of calm standing water that offered reflections of the Needle and we took full advantage of each one as we passed them. Some of the camping spots adjacent to the trail had well laid out camping spots that had super views of the needle and lower slopes. We could hear voices and it took some time to spot the hikers high up on the slope, seems they missed the Crosscut trail and were working their way down to the creek best way they could.

Some places along the trail were hard to negotiate as the thick brush has grown completely across the path leaving a leafy tunnel to pass through. Once past the Needle, the trail begins to climb gradually opening new views of East Boulder Creek and the canyon below us. When we reached the high spot of the trail it's interesting to note the stark differences between the terrain we had just passed through and what we were about to enter. The views are awesome, showing all the mountains and valleys from Palomino just ahead of us all the way to Four Peaks poking above the distant haze.

Once back down along Boulder Creek we find it has a light flow through several calm, rock lined pools just below us enticing us to investigate further, the sounds of water trickling through the boulders is too much to resist and a photo op that can't be ignored :D Across the creek is Black Top Mesa standing high above us and fully lit up by the sun that has by now burned off the lower clouds. Along it's brushy flank the Saguaro grow tall in the protection of the canyon. We spot two large ones with numerous arms, some arms swooping low to the ground before bending up to the sky. Then a large Crested Saguaro comes into view standing all by itself with it's unusual display of top growth.

A short distance further and we're at the base of Palomino Mountain staring at Aylor's Arch high on the ridge. Gotta be quick here cause a little further, it disappears from sight :doh: Time for another photo op (break) then pack stuff up for the final 4+ mile dash along the Dutchman Trail to First Water TH.

Other than my frequently stubbed toes (keep walking, stop gawking) and Angela's brush with a Prickly Pear we made the 12 mile journey in good health and high spirits, now it was time to open Angela's car (Tonto) and celebrate another Super day in the Superstitions :y: Thanks Angela and Ambika, it's always a special pleasure to hike with you two :D

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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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