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Peralta Cave Trail Loop, AZ
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Peralta Cave Trail Loop, AZ 
Peralta Cave Trail Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2015
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,706 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.78 mph
1,706 ft AEG      10 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Tracey had to work so I tossed around a number of ideas, from mountain biking in one of three of my favorite areas to hiking somewhere. So which activity do I choose and where?

Well, since I've been mountain biking every few days over the last few weeks and no hikes in almost 3 weeks I figure I better get a hike in. By time I came up with a decision to hit the Peralta/Cave Trail loop and got to the trailhead and hit the trail it was already 11:30. I knew it was going to be a hot one so I had a full CamelBak plus another 20 oz frozen bottle in my pack.

It was 95° when I set out and shortly after it hit 103° it appeared the Garmin Tempe sensor battery was dying because the it dropped to 75° within a few minutes of the 103° reading. My first thought was that it may be from dripping so much sweat on the case that the evaporation was cooling it, but when I took the sensor out and laid it on a rock in the direct sun it only rose to 78°, which by that time I figured it was closing in on 105°.
I stopped at Geronimo's Cave for my one and only break. It was still humid enough I was fully drenched from head to foot so stripped off all my outer clothes and hung them up to dry (somewhat) in the 10-15 mph breeze. It looked like a tornado had hit the cave as what appeared to have been dozens of cairns were in shambles. If they all the cairns had still been standing I'm sure Bob would have had a field day.
Although my clothes were still soaked when I set off again, I don't think I went more than a quarter mile before everything was completely dry. Between the wind and lower humidity the moisture was evaporating faster than I was sweating, which meant this part of the hike was by far the most pleasant. Pleasant enough I started to dawdle here and there, taking a few more photos than expected. (I've taken this route enough times I have plenty of photos already.)

On the trail down Cardiac Hill I saw a group of four maybe late-20's males heading out on the Dutchman Trail. From what I could nobody had anything more than a 16 or 20 oz bottle of water and all were wearing dark clothes, one in black! I bet he's gonna be cooking pretty soon.

I drank a 20 oz bottle just before leaving the trailhead, another 20 oz at Geronimo's Cave, 85 oz from the CamelBak bladder, a 20 oz bottle back at the trailhead along with another 20 oz bottle on the drive home. I was sure I had sweat off much more than the 165 oz I consumed yet I only lost just over a pound so I had it just about right.
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