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First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.77 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Having been on numerous short hikes of late, Blake and I wanted to stretch our legs in "our backyard". We left a vehicle at the Peralta TH and hustled over to the First Water TH in vehicle 2. The Dutchman trail was very pleasant to hike on, without a constant need to watch for "tripping" rocks. And, after the first 1/4-mile we had the trail to ourselves. We enjoyed looking at the various peaks and sorting out their names and recollecting which ones we'd hiked to (or not). Sadly, there was very little in terms of wildflowers, with only Indian paintbrush offering strong flashes of color.

About a mile in, I heard a horse approaching from behind. I turned around to see a gentleman on a horse, leading a second pack-horse. I barely got out a "Good Morning", when he, in a serious voice, told me to shoot the fellow in the rear that's tracking him and "trying to steal the gold". He passed me and gave the same command to Blake. Hhhhmmmm....Not sure if he was trying to be funny or serious. We continued hiking and pulled over to let a small group of oncoming hikers pass. They'd received the same directive from the mounted horseman. Odd.

After going over Parker Pass we decided, "what the hey", let's take a "short-cut" via the Quarter Circle U Trail to hook up with Peralta Trail. What started out to be an easy off-trail adventure quickly because a slow, thorny bushwhack. You'd think we'd turn around and get back on the nice, groomed trail. But, noooo. We're too stubborn (or stupid).

Anyway, we made it on to the Peralta Trail with no loss of blood (but many a scratch). From there it was the rocky ascent to Fremont which was, surprisingly, devoid of people. Upon the descent we did come upon numerous groups getting a late start to see the Needle with a few of them asking "how much further?" and "is this the right way?".

All in all, it was a good day, our feet were sore, and we were glad we'd had the foresight to have an easy dinner ready for popping in the oven.
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