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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2016
AZLumberjack
Hiking4.98 Miles 1,725 AEG
Hiking4.98 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   1.74 mph
1,725 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
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My Daughter's first Superstitions hike

My baby daughter has been a resident of Phoenix for 18 years now and although she has hiked some of the mountain ranges in the Phoenix area, this is her first time in the Superstitions and our first time to hike together. Because this would be something special to me, I wanted the hike to be something special to her as well and for that reason I selected the Peralta to Fremont Saddle as our goal for today.

The day's hike started out a bit after 0700 under clear blue Arizona sky's and a welcome nip in the air as we hit the trail. We weren't the only ones on the trail at that hour but quickly we noticed the silence, the birds chirping, an occasional breeze to stir the leaves and you could almost hear the air passing over the wings of the Turkey Vulture as it soared above the Hoodoos lining the sunlit canyon walls. There was no particular rush to our hike so we took it slow and enjoyed the morning's views along the way and relished the time we had together. The trail this morning, was lined with millions of Brittlebush in full bloom, a few Hedgehog Cactus showing an early-stage bloom and lots of Globe Mallow waiting to complete their part of the spring display.

Once we reached the Saddle, Kate was understandably amazed at the views all around us, from Weavers Needle in front of us to the Hoodoos on our sides and the haze surrounding the mountains back down the trail. We took a short break in the silence but we could hear the voices of others heading our way so it was time to pack up and begin our trek back to the trailhead. The sun was high by now and the air was warming up as we continued to meet groups on their way up. We had our moment, the silence, the sights, the smells of the blooming flowers and the views.... Sure is a great feeling for a daughter to finally spoil her dad :y:
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
The Brittlebush are experiencing a near explosion of color, the Hedgehog Cactus are in the early stages of blooming and lots of leftover Fairy Dusters line the trail.

dry Peralta Canyon Dry Dry
Couldn't coax a drop of water from the rocks.

dry Peralta Creek at #102 Crossing Dry Dry
Don't get much dryer, we're in need of rain.
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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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