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Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2014
muskybankr
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,077 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.99 mph
2,077 ft AEG      20 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Having run through, over and around all the younger hiker guys in our subdivision, my buddy and I decided to celebrate his 75th birthday by attempting to replicate a portion of Tibber’s Loop, thinking to ixnay the Barks Canyon portion until we were more experienced and just do the Peralta-Cave-Bluff Springs loop. He’d never been in this particular part of the Superstitions. What an adventure!! Got to the trailhead at 8:30 and zipped up Peralta in one hour flat, strolled over to the Cave Trail and wasted Lord knows how much time looking for the Gunsight. Never found it and became a bit depressed thinking we were off the trail already. Made our way down,(and those four words really described the Cave Trail and environs; every step there is a bit of an adventure and making your way), which took us 3.5 hours from top to bottom and a whole lot of sideways, with tiny breaks for snacks and looking at maps, staring in disbelief at my GPS, and arguing about whether that speck down there looked like a trail or not. We did stumble into the Cairn Store, although it seemed to be in a bit of disarray with merchandise scattered across the floor and in the aisles. We did find what we think was Tibber’s Cousins? Cairn, still neatly displayed in its little niche. That whole thing buoyed our spirits and then we bumped into a veritable 72 year old youngster who took us to Geronimo’s Cave where he had a luncheon appointment so we struck out for Devil’s Slide on our own which defies a proper description for the fear it strikes in a pair of first timers. Had a quick bath in the tub(it was dry) and then spent some time losing sight of the trail. My GPS developed the shakes from satellite signals bouncing off walls. (I will try to post our GPS route as a warning to others. THIS IN NOT THE PROPER WAY DOWN.) We wound up one or two canyons to the east of the trail, and actually, according to my map, may have hiked on part of Barks Canyon after agreeing that we wouldn’t but we had a general idea where the parking lot might be and after making it down some very hairy stuff off trail headed to our mocha frappe grandes which have never tasted so good. We were thinking that the Cave Trail Cairns should all be high rise types, 10 stories or more, for future guidance. My GPS log actually follows the trail, except for some extreme anomalies around the Cairn Store, where it clearly became confused, until we got past Geronimo’s cave where we promptly got lost on our own. I marked waypoints for those two spots which show up over by Peralta Trail, according to Base Camp, which doesn’t know any better. Lots of water still running after the rain and the flowers were quite advanced here, compared with the lower elevation trails nearer to Phoenix, the hedgehog cactus flower seeming to be toward the end of its season.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Great but no Mariposa's were sighted.
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