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Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
adilling
Hiking6.31 Miles 1,418 AEG
Hiking6.31 Miles
1,418 ft AEG
 
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Since I had the day off from work, I wanted to do the full Weavers Needle Loop this past Monday, but I was only able to escape my domestic obligations at 1pm. So, I headed out to Peralta Trailhead thinking I would hit the Peralta Trail to the Lone Pine for some nice views.

For some reason, I decided to head up the Cave Trail instead. The parking lots was packed, so I was probably thinking I would not see as many humans going this way up. I did see more people on the trail than I am used to seeing, 5-6 different parties going down. It’s been a while since I have gone up the trail, the past few trips have been heading down. It has some nice steep parts, that is for sure.

The trail is a different experience than the Peralta Trail, that is for sure. You get the joy of climbing Cardiac Hill, then that section of Barks around the back, and then the steep climb up the tuff section were the “bath tub” is. After that, it’s smooth sailing all the way to the Lone Pine.

Once I got out to the Lone Pine, I thought I had the place to myself, but there were a few folks out there as well. I think that view point is perhaps my favorite place in the Supes. Maybe the top of 5024 or the view from the Boulder Canyon Trail overlooking Geronimo Head, Battleship and Weavers Needle are in that mix too.

I am worried about the Lone Pine, someone has adorned it with banners and what looks like Christmas decorations. I took down what I could and hauled them out and that crap is now safely stored in my City of Mesa trash dumpster. As more people come out to these places, you always increase the chances that some idiot without no qualms about destroying things will come out and really damage things.

I waited at the viewpoint until the shadows started creep up the Needle and started my way down to the trailhead. Got a few more pictures at the saddle and down the Peralta I went. I saw 4-5 groups of hikers going UP while I was heading down. It was already close to dark and it was just about time to turn on my headlamp when I arrived at the car. I am wondering what those people are doing up there in the dark. A few looked like they knew what they are doing, but most of them were dressed more for the mall, carrying their 500ml bottles of water, dragging some little foo-foo doggies with them. Oh well, I hope they had fun hiking in the dark, as I did not see a flashlight or headlamp anywhere.

I am a morning person and I usually start my hikes in stillness of the pre-dawn. It was nice to see the Needle at the end of the day. The weather was perfect for hiking. I will miss these days in a few months, that is for sure.
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