|1,440 ft AEG|
|My third time up to "the lone tree" since August. This time, a group of friends hiked up to remember our fallen friend. It was a sad and solemn hike up to the viewpoint. I arrived about 5am, so I could sneak in a sunrise. The clouds looked incredible.|
I made it to the slick rock area in Peralta Canyon and I had a brief but very vibrant sunrise. I then made it over to the tree to wait for the rest of the hiking party to arrive.
The weather was perfect. Not cold, not hot, not humid, lots of cloud cover. I wish it could stay like this year round
After meeting with everyone, we opted to hike back down via the Cave Trail. I always love hitting this one. We could see a steady stream of hikers going up and down along the Peralta Trail below. We ran into a couple of hikers that were coming from the cliff area towards Bluff Spring Trail. I am not sure of they were lost, but they ended up following us back to the trailhead.
I have many memories along these trails. This was the first trail I hiked in the Superstitions back in 1986. Since then, my three sons and I have hiked up and down them many times. I have camped out at the Fremont Saddle and the Lone Tree. I have seen sunrises, sunsets, snow, rain, thunderstorms. I even had a little Haboob hit while I was hiking down once a few years back. Lots of snakes, a coatimundi, foxes, gila monsters, hawks, buzzards. But, I think I will always think a little about my friend when I hike up here now. This was his favorite hike as well. Just another layer of meaning and memory from my favorite trail, I guess.
|"Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee." –Demetri Martin|