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Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2017
Vashti
Hiking5.57 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking5.57 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   2.00 mph
1,030 ft AEG      35 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Five of us set out today for our first foray down the Cave Trail. We arrived at the trailhead at 9am, and started off directly. There was lots of water running in Peralta Canyon! It was a beautiful morning to be hiking! We made our way up Peralta Canyon uneventfully. We made sure to take a gander at Geronimo Cave high on the ridge so that we could see where we would be going. :) We made it up to Fremont Saddle in 1.5 hours, and stopped to have a quick snack. Afterwards, we headed off to find the Cave Trail. The finding wasn't so bad between the well worn trail at the saddle, plus the detailed Cave Trail descriptions & numerous trip logs that we read. Mostly, though, we had Route Scout. Nothing like Route Scout to make sure you are going the right way! It was a balm to the soul of the Nervous Nellie in the group (Yes! I assure you this is the right way!! See all the cairns and footprints? Look, even the map says we are going the right way!). Route scout makes us happy. :)

Okay, enough about the wonders of Route Scout... We continued on down the Cave Trail and thought it wasn't so bad. In fact, it must not be too remote, because we passed a group of 25 seniors going for a stroll!!!! I was shocked. I expect large groups like that on Peralta, the Highway, but I wasn't expecting that on this trail. I guess they wanted to escape the crowds on Peralta, too!!

We continued along and came upon the area of many cairns. :) It reminded me of a similar area in Zion. The Emerald Pools trail, I believe. It brought a smile to our faces, and then we moved on. We passed Geronimo Cave (a bit anticlimactic). Then we hit the steep slick rock area, and some of our party balked. I assured everyone that indeed, this was the right way, and we were off! After some trepidation, everyone made it down just fine. I wasn't a fan of the chimney I went down, but it got the job done. We continued on. We saw a couple of rock climbers sleeping under a large boulder right next to Cathedral Rock. We kept cruising along, from cairn to cairn (there are a LOT of cairns, but I am not complaining. It made route finding easy), until the Bluff Spring Trail came into view. We especially liked the large cairn with a big stick in it marking the Cave Trail. Someone really wants you to know the start of the Cave Trail, I guess!! After that, it was smooth sailing to the parking lot. :) We enjoyed the fabulous views of the very green valley. :)

An excellent hike! We loved the adventure of something other than a super well maintained trail, yippee!!!! :D

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Peralta Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Lots of water flowing! Big pools. :)

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Peralta Creek at #102 Crossing Medium flow Medium flow
Lots of water flowing and in pools.
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