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Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2021
adilling
Hiking5.92 Miles 1,658 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.53 mph
1,658 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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The weather looked abiding, so I decided to hit the Cave Trail-Peralta Trail loop on Saturday. I decided to go up the Cave Trail and then down Peralta. Why? I am not sure...ha ha

I started about 5:20am. There were a couple cars in the lot. I forgot how steep the Cave Trail was going up. But, the trail quickly reminded me. The sunrise was muted and nothing special (from my view, anyway). Nice cloud cover and temps in the 80's. The humidity was real for sure. I was soaked head to toe by the time I made the first little climb on the Cave Trail from Bluff Springs.

I really love the Cave Trail. It is so diverse with the iconic Superstition spires, tuff formations, great views. I think this is one my favorite trails in all the Supes. I was a slow mover going up to the tub and the Devil's Slide. Once up on top, I stopped by the cave and made my way over to the Lone Pine for a break and the views. The burn area starts just past the cave and alcove. It was present all the way to the Lone Pine. The lack of rain last year has not allowed much healing to take place. Lots of roasted cacti, agave and other plants.

Patrick and Kristen Bulger came hiking up just as I was getting ready to head down. I always seem to run into those two out in the Supes. The clouds really made the views nice. The clouds started getting darker in the east and we decided to head down before we got even more soaked.

We came across a couple of other hikers at the Fremont Saddle and a few parties hiking up towards the start of Peralta Canyon. The rain never came, but we got a little thunder and few drops. It looked like the Picketpost area was getting it good.

The parking lot had a few cars/trucks when we arrived back. Surprising, as the weather was hike friendly in the morning. Not so much in the afternoon, I'd guess.

Another excellent hike in the Superstitions.
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