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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2019
AZLumberjack
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   4 Hrs      1.23 mph
1,440 ft AEG
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Wow! Talk about out of shape, this is one of my all-time favorite hiking trails in the Superstitions but this past hot summer put a big damper on my hiking and it showed.

I arrived at the Peralta Trailhead before 06:00 and I was the only one in the parking lot so in the dim early light, I grabbed my gear, signed the log book and hit the trail at six sharp. Ya should have heard the Coyote's singing, they were howling from all over the place, must have been their welcome back Jack song.... :D

The first half mile was in the twilight but still didn't need a flashlight. By the half way point, the sun was breaking over the ridges above me and lighting up the Hoodoos on the western slopes of the canyon.... who says there's no gold in the Superstitions? Those Hoodoos looked like pure, solid gold in those first rays of sunlight, and that's why I try to get an early start on this trail. At the start of my hike, there was a lot of scattered clouds but the sun was taking care of that in short order and I was hitting the most exposed part of the trail.

The steady pounding from the trail began taking a toll on my knees and I had to stop a couple of times to give em a break but that's just a good excuse to take some photos of the way the sun plays on the desert and highlights the Saguaro. I hit Fremont Saddle after an hour and a half on the trail and found a shaded spot with good views to rest the tired knees, take in some electrolytes, have a couple of trail bars & oranges for snack time.

After a nice quiet half hour, I hit the trail back down and..... yup, here they come, ya could hear em all the way down the trail.... that's another reason to hit the trails early.... solitude. Had to take a couple more breaks on the way down as the sun was now approaching the ten o'clock hour and gotta keep hydrated. Where the heck are those clouds that looked so inviting on the way up? Now that the weather's cooling off, I'll have to get onto this trail more often to see if I can toughen up those high buck knees.
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Fremont Saddle
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Sunburst

dry Peralta Creek at #102 Crossing Dry Dry
Found some damp sand in places but no puddles.

dry Peralta Spring Dry Dry
Not a drop.....
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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