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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
AZLumberjack
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   4 Hrs      1.23 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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I had several hot items on my "to do" list for Saturday but I went hiking with my Therapist instead.... Yeah, I can hear what you're saying now, "I knew that guy wasn't right"... :) Well, the Therapist I'm referring to is Julia, a Physical Therapist who helped me get back on my feet following my knee replacement surgeries. Julia showed me how to properly exercise my new knees so that the knees and muscles all came together and would function as well as they did before the surgery but without the pain. I found out that Julia was a hiker and enjoyed the outdoors as much as I do so we agreed that as soon as my knees and legs were ready for it, I would take her hiking up the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle where she can enjoy the unobstructed views of Weavers Needle.

Saturday was predicted to be a beautiful Arizona day with bright sun and slight cloud cover, cool in the morning and a high around mid 80's... yup, lets do it. We signed in at the Peralta Trailhead at 09:06, normally much later than my usual start time, so the cool of the morning had already past and the sun was shining directly onto the trail. We proceeded up the narrow trail and at one turn I ran into Rick Vincent... we had a short conversation and introduction and then it was back on the trail to the Saddle.

It was a busy day on the Peralta, with lots of hiking groups heading up and some already on their way back down. When shade was available, Julia and I stopped for a short break, had a few sips of water and continued on our way up. Eventually we made it the 2.3 miles and 1,400 ft elevation difference to the Saddle, removed our backpacks and sat down to enjoy the scenic views that lay in front of us. Weavers Needle was bathed in sunlight and stood out against the cloudless blue Arizona sky. It was a crazy zoo up there, I often refer to it as a trip to Disneyland for the crowds milling around. We rested for several minutes, drank some water and snacked on a couple of oranges then if was back into the gear and begin our trek back down the mountain.

The trip down was slowed by the number of hikers heading up, it was like small traffic jams on the narrow trails with a vertical wall on one side and a steep dropoff on the other. By the time we got back to the trailhead, almost four hours after signing in, I had worked up a pretty good sweat and my hatband was dripping down my forehead. We got back to my truck, shed our gear and I grabbed a couple of cold beers that had been waiting for our return. Julia and I sat on the tailgate and enjoyed the cool refreshment... Ahhhh!!! And none the worst for wear. Thank you Julia for accompanying me on the hike, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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