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Peralta Trail #102Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2016
AZLumberjack
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,223 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   1.64 mph
2,223 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
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Hike to the base of Weavers Needle


Early in the week, I received a note from Susan (suzaz) asking if I would accompany her on a hike to the base of Weavers Needle as she was scoping out the hike in preparation for summiting the rock the following Sunday. Having no other plans, I gladly accepted the offer.

We met in Gold Canyon and I drove us to Peralta Trailhead where we began our hike just prior to 0700. Suz was packing some of her climbing gear so she could get the full feeling of the additional weight that she would be carrying for the actual climb. We had plenty of time for our hike so she would get an accurate time measurement from the Trailhead to the base of the Needle and know when to set the meetup hour at Peralta on Sunday morning.

It was a beautiful quiet morning on the ascent to Fremont Saddle, where we met our first pair of hikers who appeared to have overnighted and were now enjoying their sunrise breakfast. We continued past the saddle heading the now downhill portion of the hike. The trail has recently been brushed and has had rocks removed making for a pleasant journey, based on past experiences along this same section of Peralta Trail.

Sue had last climbed the Needle in '08' so we were looking for landmarks (cairns) that would point us to the vague trail leading from Peralta up the steep slopes on the approach to the rock climb. We found the obscure trail and continued finding cairns leading us through Hoodoo's and rocky washes that soon pointed towards the seam between the North and South spires that make up the Weavers Needle.

With all this recent data fresh in her mind, we began our return to the Trailhead. The sun was warming up the mountain and we were meeting several groups of hikers on their way up to the saddle. It never ceases to amaze me the number of people we meet on the trail, who are not prepared for this hike. One such man was past the half way point, resting in the shade of a tree with his dog, and no water :? .... we convinced him to turn around and head back down.

Safely back at the Trailhead, we took a short break then headed to Handlebars in Apache Junction for a post-hike cold drink :D and hamburger. Thanks for the invite Suz, it was a fun day. Hope you and the climbing group have a safe outing on Sunday :y:
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
The wildflowers are beginning to show themselves although the numbers are pretty slight.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max East Boulder @ Pinon Camp Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Only a small amount of water trickles between pools of green covered water.

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Nope!

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