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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2015
AZLumberjack
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.38 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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Peralta Trailhead to Fremont Saddle and on to Pinon Point Overlook

As I awoke this morning, I looked out and saw a nice broken layer of clouds with a sprinkling of stars. I've been wanting to get some sunrise photos again so I began putting my gear together as I quickly ate a bowl of Cheerio's. I left a note for my still sleeping wife and loaded up the truck. As I was driving out to Peralta Trailhead, the clouds thickened up in the East meaning that the sunrise would be diluted by the overcast.

Once in the parking lot and putting on my shoes, I greeted another early riser getting ready to head out. He had climbing gear and rope and told me that he was going to summit Miners Needle then over to Weavers Needle and summit it too :o Holy Crap!! He said he needed the climbing gear for Miners Needle but was going to free-climb Weavers and has done the double Needle on previous occasions. I wished him well and we went our way.

I signed the log at 0700 and with no breeze and a subdued sunrise, hit the trail. I had the trail all to myself and as the birds whistled, I whistled back at them.... had a couple of conversations going for a while. :D It was a beautiful morning and as I turned to look back down the canyon, there was a misty layer hanging between the mountain ridges and getting some sunlight mixed in.

There was no water in the wash and only a trickle way up at the top. The Brittle Bush were trying to bloom, some have flowers others have buds and need a few more days before they're ready. The Fairy Dusters are in full bloom and attracting lots of bees, but the bees ignored me and kept close to the flowers. Everywhere you look, the desert mountains are green from the previous rains.

I reached the saddle in about an hour & ten minutes and felt that it was time to shed a layer and get comfortable. Met a backpacker who was on his way down after three days/nights touring the mountains. He was not a local so was not sure about all the places he had been and the names of the canyons but was experienced enough to find his way after a few missed turns.

With my shirt now tucked in my pack, I headed out to the Lone Pinon Tree on the point. Passing along the ridge, I was amazed at the views of Barks Canyon and looked over towards Miners Needle, wondering how the climber was doing at this time. I continued on the short trail and soon I was standing under the Pinon Tree. I removed my pack, took out some snack items and found a spot on a boulder overlooking the canyons and Hoodoos far below me. It was a pleasure to sit there and take a break..... and no one was around :y:

After a few more photos, I reluctantly geared up and began my return. The time was now around 10:00 and the trails were filling up fast so the trip down goes quicker than anticipated. I rounded a brush lined corner and almost ran smack into JJ and his hiking friend Presley. Great to meet them out here, we exchanged bits of conversation then went out way.

Prior to ending the hike at the trailhead, I stopped at a special place where an old prospector spent his days searching the mountains for precious metals. His name was Adam Stewart and when he died, his friends buried him at his camp-site along the wash. A large rock, with his name roughly carved on it, serves as his headstone. The location of the burial site remained lost over time and was revealed to me by an historian who wished to have the site remain autonomous rather than have hikers destroying the sanctity of old man's final resting place. :--:

Signed out at 11:00, loaded up the truck under a now warm sun, and hit the road for home....Nothing like a hike in the Superstitions :y:
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The Brittlebush are slowly coming around while the Fairy Dusters are blooming everywhere.

dry Peralta Canyon Dry Dry
All crossings are dry.

dry Peralta Creek at #102 Crossing Dry Dry
No water, no pools
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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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