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Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2016
rayhuston
Hiking6.59 Miles 1,891 AEG
Hiking6.59 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   1.62 mph
1,891 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I had another objective in mind today, but when I got to the trail head, I opted for the Cave Trail in reverse with a loop back on the Peralta trail. I was expecting a breeze and some cloud cover, which would have allowed for a longer hike, but there was no cloud cover and not much of a breeze.

The cave trail in reverse is a completely different hike. I came across a few different trail options that I hadn't noticed coming from the opposite direction. I took a few; they all ended up merging with the trail I'm used to. When I got to the caves, I ran into my first hiker of the day, Ross, coming the other way with his very friendly dog. We chatted for a moment, then I moved on.

When I reached the north end of the Geronimo cave area, I remembered a hike that Treckin Gecko and johnlp did where they hiked to the top of the caves. I looked for and found a path that looked like it was going in the direction I wanted to go. I eventually came across some cairns and made it to the top. Well, almost. One last boulder that I didn't care to climb. Close enough as far as I'm concerned. Going back down from the top of the caves seemed longer and a little more adventurous than the trip up.

Once on the Cave trail again, I headed to the Weaver's Needle overlook. Once there, I sat down next to the Pinon Pine and enjoyed the views. A man named Kevin, on a 6 month work visit from NE, arrived at about the same time. We chatted for awhile and enjoyed the views. Kevin is an avid hiker and plans to hike as much as possible, but doesn't know the area well. I made sure to mention my favorite hiking source (HAZ) and my favorite hiking tool, good ole Route Scout.

Headed back to Fremont Saddle, then down Peralta back to the trail head. Pinal SAR was in the parking lot doing some PR, giving tips to hikers, etc. I walked over and shook hands with them. They have a really tough job and do it well.

Peralta Road has been recently graded (since last Sunday) and is in good shape, until you get close to the TH. Excellent day on the trails. A little warm at the end (91).
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