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Peralta - Cave loop, AZ
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8 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Peralta - Cave loop, AZ 
Peralta - Cave loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking5.73 Miles 1,817 AEG
Hiking5.73 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   1.88 mph
1,817 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Peralta Road has gotten a little chewed up from the rain, and all of the wash crossings were running, but can still be traveled by basically any car. When we got to the trailhead, all we could hear was rushing water--fun--and we started hiking a few minutes before 7:00 in a light drizzle, but nothing too bad. The water was flowing pretty good at the first crossing, but we were able to rock hop our way across without wet feet; same for all the other crossings the entire way up. We got a fair amount of hail on our way up too, but nothing after after the saddle. Since this was Alison's first time out here, from Fremont Saddle, we went out to the pine tree viewpoint before heading down Cave Trail. Near the top of Cave, we heard and saw, to the south of us, a very large (significantly larger than a car) boulder crashing down the west wall of Peralta Canyon. If anyone had been below on the trail at that point, they probably would have had several worrisome seconds before that boulder came to a stop at the bottom. We stopped at the caves, then continued down. Devil's Slide was slippery, but after that, everything else was fine. Definitely a cold, windy day, but still enjoyable. The parking lot was not even half full by the time we finished around 10:00.
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