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Peter's CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2007
DarthStiller
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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wallyfrack
For this hike it was four of us: me, Wally, gblunt, and my friend Ted. We started at 8am, following the shortcut that Wally knows from the time he did this hike. We started his shortcut, but then lost the trail over the hill, and decided to just go down to the wash, which looked much clearer and less of a bushwhack than going further up the hill. The way in was fairly easy, the heat not having set in yet as it was still early in the day. There were a lot of breezes that flew through the canyons that helped a lot with cooling us off.

The beginning part of Peter's Canyon had the boulders to climb over, which presented us a challenge. It was very interesting at first, but soon got warisome with the heat. I bailed early on the bouldering before the rest of the group and cheated, taking the trail on the left side, which at times didn't seem much easier.

By the time we got to the first cave, I was completely soaked in sweat. I cooled off a little, got some water, and then we headed to the second cave, which was little anti-climactic, as it was not as big as the first one.

The hike back out was a lot tougher than going in, since the heat was in full force. Plus, the miles of walking over river rock was also taking its toll on our feet. I couldn't tell which was burning more, my neck or my feet. Luckily, Wally was able to locate the shortcut on the way back, which probably saved us close to a half hour hiking time. By the time I was done, I drank all of a 100oz camelbak bladder plus a 34 oz bottle to refill, and five 17oz bottles of Propel. The GPS said 4.79 miles, and after downloading the track, my computer said 5.31 miles. It seems like 5 miles is the overall distance to with on this one in terms of what we hiked, shortcuts and extra walking included.

When we got back to the car, we were all very spent, and all out of water. We stopped at Tortilla Flat for lunch, which was good for the AC as well as the lunch and extra fluids. It made the drive back easier to handle. This was a great hike to see the caves, experience some off trail hiking, and for the experience of pushing our limits in the heat. Very much worth the overall experience.
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