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Peralta - Robbers Roost - Cave Trail, AZ
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Peralta - Robbers Roost - Cave Trail, AZ 
Peralta - Robbers Roost - Cave Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2017
adilling
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Robbers Roost up on Dacite Mesa is always a cool place to visit. I have come up there via Carney Springs and via Peralta Trail. This time, I wanted to avoid the pain and suffering and opted for the easier Peralta route.

I was guiding a fellow hiker who had tried to find Robbers Roost the previous week but was unsuccessful. The hike up the Peralta Trail is always a nice path. We started early so there were not many hikers on the trail. Once we made the turn at the saddle, we did not see anyone else.

I really love the views up on the ridge on the way up. Miners Needle, the Cathedral rocks over off the Dutchman Trail, Geronimo Cave, Barks Canyon, Bluff Springs are all visible up there. I think that would be an awesome location for a sunrise shot, with the hoodoos of Peralta Canyon in the foreground.

We made it up past the little wave rock and down into the “roost”. I always marvel at the way this place looks. The giant boulders, the erosion and the tree…pure Superstition magic here!

On the way down, I ask my hiking partner if she had ever been down the Cave Trail. She said she had not. So, we got to the Fremont saddle and started down the Cave Trail. That’s one of my favorites as well. I am not sure if I like going up that trail or down. It’s steep in sections and tests your legs and lungs going up, but parts of it going down are a little rattling as well. Not to mention hard on my old knees. The devils slide and bathtub area are always the highlight.

We came across a couple fellow hikers near the cairn factory that seemed a bit lost. They followed us for a while then took off on their own. I gave them some guidance about the trail, but it looks like the headed off towards Barks Canyon. We saw them when we got to the last little saddle before heading down to the Bluff Springs Trail. I waved my hiking poles like crazy until the saw me. I hope they realized they were off the trail and started heading towards our location.

The weather was perfect and there were still many wild flowers blooming. A ton on the ridge on the way up to Robbers Roost and still a blanketing of yellow brittlebush all along the Cave Trail. An excellent hike all in all!
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