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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2018
AZLumberjack
Hiking4.66 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   1.23 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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I stuck my nose out the door this morning, sniffed once and said hell yessss. It's going on six months since my left knee got its replacement and three months since the right one was replaced and all this healing/recovery time, my goal has been to hike the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle again.

The seven-mile stretch of graveled Peralta Road was in good condition following yesterday's rains so I wasted no time on the dark road and soon found myself at the trailhead.... first and only vehicle there. I signed the log at 0600 and hit the semi-light trail without the need of a flashlight. Its been almost a year since I was last hiking this trail and it was encouraging to find some improvements since then.

As the sun lit up the rugged western side of the canyon, I got the camera out and began snapping shots of the golden Hoodoo's eating away the dark shadows, exposing the canyon for another day. I looked up at the cliffs behind me and high on the edge of a giant boulder stood a male Bighorn sizing me up. He was a long way off but I could tell that he was watching me and muttering about the onslaught of hikers about to descend on his stomping grounds for another season.

I wasn't sure if I could make it all the way to the saddle but I was constantly distracted by the pleasant sounds of water running and thrashing between the rocks not too far below me, and I think this distraction kept me plodding on and on. I had to cross a couple of water-filled washes, tip-toeing on rocks so I didn't get my feet wet and side-step running water on the trail itself. It was so pleasant to see and hear the water again that I think I got lost in the moment and just kept on going up the quiet trail. A steady breeze kept blowing in my face but, along with the water and the views, it was just another pleasant distraction propelling me onward.

When I finally hit Fremont Saddle, I gazed at Weavers Needle as it dominated the landscape in front of me and looked at the time on my cell phone, it was now 0800 and I had just spent two hours on a hike that normally took me an hour to complete. But this time I'm on steel and plastic when I used to be on two badly worn out arthritic knees and there was no pain, tired muscles, but the old familiar knee pain was gone.

I was all alone on the Saddle so I took a needed break, chugging down a bottle of Gatoraid and took in the early morning scenery once again. After about fifteen minutes I began my descent, knowing that the downhill portion could take almost as long as the trip up because I'm so concerned about slipping and falling. I hadn't gone far and the quiet of the morning was shattered by the sounds of hikers coming up the trail, yup, peace & quiet was now gone. On the way down I met 54 hikers, lots of them kids... isn't this a school day? Uhhh, nope.

Got back to my little red truck at 1000 to an almost full parking lot, legs were a bit sore but not bad so I left Peralta. On the way back, the parking lot for Carney Spring was full, guess it's going to be a busy day at Wave Cave too.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
No seasonal color but it's nice to see so much green again.

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Intermittent stretches of light flow.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Peralta Creek at #102 Crossing Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
No deep holes, just a pleasant sound/
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