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Weaver's Needle Loop from Peralta TH
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Weaver's Needle Loop from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2014
rayhuston
Hiking12.20 Miles 3,122 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   2.01 mph
3,122 ft AEG      57 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I looked at the Saturday forecast on Thursday and saw that the temps would be in the low 90’s with a breeze of 10-15 mph and a slight chance of rain. Cool morning temps, not too hot, some breeze and possibly some cloud cover. I figured that was worth a shot at a day hike in the Superstitions. I chose Weaver’s Needle Loop in the counter clockwise direction.

I left the Peralta TH a little after 5:30, barely light outside, and headed up Cardiac Hill. It’s a good way to start your hike. You get your second, third and fourth winds out of the way in the first mile and get a nice break for the next mile plus. Once past the heart thumping start, the rest of the Bluff Springs trail offers fairly easy terrain and wonderful views all the way to the intersection with the Terrapin trail. There was still a fair amount of water from the last rainfall as I passed Barks Creek.

The Terrapin trail was enjoyable. The views in some areas were stunning. I found myself taking too many pictures and cursing myself because the last leg on Peralta would be exposed to a warming sun. I needed to keep moving! The vegetation in the area below Weavers Needle was overgrown and barbed. The walking stick I brought with me to beat the bushes and rocks ahead of me for snakes allowed me to push most of this stuff aside. Often, though, an arm or leg would get caught and I would have to stop and unravel (I should have worn long pants and a shirt with sleeves). It was slow moving through this area. I saw a white tail deer just after Terrapin Pass, but it bounded away and down a hill before I could get a picture.

There was water in the creek near the junction of Terrapin and Dutchman. After passing below Black Top Mesa along the Dutchman, I stopped to eat and rest for a bit at the creek in East Boulder Canyon. There was a fair amount of water there, too. I noticed a nice campsite close to the creek.

It’s time to get moving again. It was warming up and I wanted to get to Fremont Saddle before it got too warm and my nice hike turned into a slog. After a short distance, I turned left onto the Peralta trail and the last leg of the hike. Heading south, views of Weavers Needle were ever present. I found myself snapping too many pictures again. Keep moving! As the trail approached Weavers Needle to the west, I ran into the second rattler in a week. This one had black and white rings below the rattle. Beautiful. Okay, another picture!

I reached Fremont Saddle nearly six hours after I started. The sun was directly overhead when I got there. As I descended from the Saddle on the upper section of trail where there is lots of slick rock, I could feel the heat radiating off of the rock. I felt like I was in a toaster. But then that breeze I mentioned earlier kicked in. Relief! I passed a guy on his way up the saddle, the first person I’d seen all day. I passed another two gents who on their way down.

This was a very enjoyable hike, but I was glad to be done. Time for some A/C!
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