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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 Sep 05 2016
ddgrunning
Hiking6.14 Miles 1,941 AEG
Hiking6.14 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   1.54 mph
1,941 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Hit the road early to beat the heat. Passed 5 cars on Peralta Road. They were all sedans, driving slowly. I didn't think the road was a problem. One of the cars we passed made it to the parking area before we headed off on the hike. Seemed to do just fine.

Had good shade until we crossed over to the west side of the drainage. Passed a large family on the trail. Otherwise, didn't see anyone until we reached the saddle and found a couple there enjoying the view.

Traversed out to the Lone Pine. First time for me. Cool spot with great views of the Needle.

Returned on the Cave Trail. Was glad I had downloaded the route to Route Scout. Cairns were spotty, and often inconsistent with each other. A lot of slick rock makes a trail difficult to discern.

Enjoyed the alternate return trail.

There were 6 cars in the parking area when we arrived; 13 when we left.

A fairly constant breeze kept the temperature fairly moderate throughout the hike for this time of year.

Great way to kick of Labor Day. Now on to the pool and bbq!
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