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First Water TH to Peralta TH - 13 members in 41 triplogs have rated this an average 4.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 19 2018
Steph_and_Blak
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70 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.77 mph
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Having been on numerous short hikes of late, Blake and I wanted to stretch our legs in "our backyard". We left a vehicle at the Peralta TH and hustled over to the First Water TH in vehicle 2. The Dutchman trail was very pleasant to hike on, without a constant need to watch for "tripping" rocks. And, after the first 1/4-mile we had the trail to ourselves. We enjoyed looking at the various peaks and sorting out their names and recollecting which ones we'd hiked to (or not). Sadly, there was very little in terms of wildflowers, with only Indian paintbrush offering strong flashes of color.

About a mile in, I heard a horse approaching from behind. I turned around to see a gentleman on a horse, leading a second pack-horse. I barely got out a "Good Morning", when he, in a serious voice, told me to shoot the fellow in the rear that's tracking him and "trying to steal the gold". He passed me and gave the same command to Blake. Hhhhmmmm....Not sure if he was trying to be funny or serious. We continued hiking and pulled over to let a small group of oncoming hikers pass. They'd received the same directive from the mounted horseman. Odd.

After going over Parker Pass we decided, "what the hey", let's take a "short-cut" via the Quarter Circle U Trail to hook up with Peralta Trail. What started out to be an easy off-trail adventure quickly because a slow, thorny bushwhack. You'd think we'd turn around and get back on the nice, groomed trail. But, noooo. We're too stubborn (or stupid).

Anyway, we made it on to the Peralta Trail with no loss of blood (but many a scratch). From there it was the rocky ascent to Fremont which was, surprisingly, devoid of people. Upon the descent we did come upon numerous groups getting a late start to see the Needle with a few of them asking "how much further?" and "is this the right way?".

All in all, it was a good day, our feet were sore, and we were glad we'd had the foresight to have an easy dinner ready for popping in the oven.
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Mar 22 2017
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2017
mazatzal
Hiking11.40 Miles 2,110 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   2.04 mph
2,110 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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Dropped a vehicle off at Peralta and drove over to First Water, both lots were about a third full. After about a mile we came across a buzzworm sunning itself on the trail :o he eventually moved off to let us by! The flower show was pretty good all day long :) still plenty of water out there.

We didn’t see anyone between Parker Pass until a bit past Aylor’s camp (couple of backpackers) but we did see a gila monster :) After that no one until Fremont.

As we were descending Peralta we came across a man sitting on the ground. He had sprained his ankle and he couldn’t put any weight on it. A woman was with him and a third person in their group had gone to get help. We gave them an ace bandage and some water and then continued. A bit later we were sitting at the trailhead enjoying a cold one when SAR arrived and then a helicopter. It seemed like a routine rescue and we left shortly after.
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Dec 03 2016
mistaben
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39 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Mesa, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2016
mistaben
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   1.82 mph
1,300 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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We did this from Peralta TH to First Water TH. Even leaving East Mesa around 7:30 am, it was around 9:00 by the time we hit the Peralta Trail after dropping off one van at First Water.

The seven of us started up Peralta Canyon, meeting quite a few folks coming back down. Once we went over Fremont Saddle, however, we saw only 3 more people the entire day. It was very quiet. In fact, despite reports of large numbers of coatimundi and bighorn sheep, we saw hardly any wildlife. I blame the size of our group!

The fantastic hoodoos on either side of Peralta Canyon give it an otherworldly vibe. At Fremont Saddle *BAM* Weaver's Needle suddenly came into view, and it would dominate the rest of the day. Descending into East Boulder Canyon we found occasional shade. Here the rectilinear cracks in the rock formations on both sides replaced the hoodoos for oddity-of-the-hour. We stopped occasionally, and every time we looked at it, the Needle presented a different face and character.

Above the junction with the Dutchman Trail, we were yelling and enjoying the echoes until a woman on horseback emerged from behind some rocks about half a mile away toward Upper Black Top Mesa Pass and asked if we were in trouble. When we responded in the negative, she asked us to cut it out. We made our way down, turned left, and rested for a bit.

As we continued down the canyon, it was interesting to note the black boulders and rocks from the top of the mesa that had fallen down. We enjoyed seeing the arch up on Palomino Mountain. The creek bed only had small, occasional pools of water. The riverbed in West Boulder Canyon was totally dry.

The slow climb to Parker Pass had our group spread out a bit as some slowed more than others. At the pass, we rested for a good while. The sun had gone behind the hills just west of us but the sky was still quite bright. One brother saw a tiny crescent moon, and then we found Venus nearby. As we watched, a high passing airliner passed directly between us and Venus. If we had been 15 feet east or west we would have missed the effect. In all of us it stirred a powerful feeling of synchronicity, like God winking at us.

Our last rest was at a wide, rocky spot on the trail almost halfway from Parker Pass to the junction with First Water trail. Here we found ourselves singing the version of In Dulci Jubilo that we take Christmas caroling. The desert didn't offer any applause, but quietly soaked it in.

It was full dark when we reached First Water TH. We drove back to Peralta TH to get the other van, then fairly emptied out the Jack in the Box in Gold Canyon. Even that night we started talking about coming back. The Superstitions had their claws in us once again!
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Feb 27 2016
herdbull
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2016
 New London, WI
Peralta to First Water, AZ 
Peralta to First Water, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2016
herdbull
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   4.36 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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well low and behold the woman next to me on the plane was hacking and hacking all the way there. Not so good for me. I could feel "something" coming on before we even got to their place in Apache Junction. So right away Sunday morning I headed to Peralta TH and had my father drop me off.

It took a little longer than I had wanted at around 2hrs and 34 mins. Exactly what I told them it would be for a pick up but I was hoping for something quicker. The uphill, heavy traffic on the Peralta side and eventually the heat may have caused me to slow a bit. While I was done by 11:30 it was already almost 85 degrees at the TH. It was warm but I did end up with a bit of my 30oz of water left.

I returned to First Water on Tuesday and only made it 50 mins in and turned around. I was done, kaput, totally gassed by the time I got back to the car.

By Wednesday night I was in bed by 6pm and slept for 14 hours. Needless to say the trip was not a ton of fun byt the time I had to return home. Oh well, next time.

I would have loved to do the ridgeline trail or Peralta to Canyon Lake but it just wasn't happening on this trip. Came out of it relatively unscathed. A few picks and pricks but nothing too bad. Certain sectins of the trail are worse than others but overall very nice. One more reason to return.
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Feb 20 2016
DennisWilliams
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63 male
 Joined Feb 06 2012
 Mesa, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2016
DennisWilliams
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   2.39 mph
1,300 ft AEG      50 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Did this from Peralta to First Water. I think this is a better direction since the sun is either behind you or over your left shoulder for almost the entire hike. Also, you get the big hill out of the way right up front and pretty much cruise for the rest of the hike. Warm out there today. Still a reasonable amount of water and no gnats yet. The only new section of trail for me was the one mile stretch of the Dutchman just north of the Peralta trail junction to where the Black Mesa trail cuts off. Nice to finally get that done. Would have been faster but fell in behind nine riders for the last mile. Rode drag and ate their dust all the way in to the trail-head. I was moving faster than they were but there is just no good way to pass a string of nine riders from behind when on foot. I found it amazing that nine ponies could generate so many fresh piles in a single mile. Horses. Don't see the attraction. The other ten miles were great.

My darling wife got out of bed at 0530 to help me place my truck at First Water, then drove me over to Peralta and dropped me off. What a gal!
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Jan 21 2016
jameslcox44
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74 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2016
jameslcox44
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   8 Hrs      1.40 mph
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We decided to do the First Water to Peralta Crossover via Bull Pass. Great hike with great friends.
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Jan 15 2015
gmaclachlan
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66 male
 Joined Apr 03 2011
 Mesa, Az
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2015
gmaclachlan
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
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Four souls started this hike from each end. I was in the East bound group so pictures were difficult due to the morning sun. Setting out from First water TH on Dutchman's Trail we continued past the intersection with Peralta Trail to Terrapin, then along Terrapin to Bluff Springs and down to Peralta TH. Along the way we saw Ayers Arch, a neat “crested” Saguaro and lots of views of Weavers Needle.
At 6.5 miles we met the West bound group and we exchanged keys. They informed us climbers were going up Weavers Needle today. We kept looking as we walked but couldn’t pick them out. Did see a group on Black Top Mesa and spotted two hikers on the Ridgeline.
Terrapin is overgrown in places West of the Needle Cutoff Trail, but not hard to follow. Using this route we avoided the walk down Peralta from the saddle, but added some distance (and I think some elevation).
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Jan 15 2015
jameslcox44
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 mesa,az
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
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jameslcox44
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Hiked a crossover with a carload leaving from Peralta TH and another from First Water TH. Glen spotted a red bird along the way that we couldn't get a photo off and the Funky Crested Saguaro that is pictured in the photoset. Great hike, but the Terrapin trail is tough after hiking over 7 miles.
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Dec 08 2014
Mike_Fels
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 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2014
Mike_Fels
Hiking12.97 Miles 2,240 AEG
Hiking12.97 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   2.37 mph
2,240 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
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It looks like the county has decided to stop trying to fix the road to First Water. The sign at the beginning used to say that they graded it only every so often now it says that it's not maintained for domestic vehicles. I guess a sign is a less expensive alternative to grading. Since the big rains this summer the washes crossing the road are getting to have quite a drop and rise. Lots of exposed rocks. Anyone driving a car needs to beware.

Peralta road is a bit better than First Water road, less large washes crossing the road. But still it is pretty rough the last couple miles.

We decided to do this from Peralta to First Water instead of the way the description is written. Upon arrival at the Peralta parking lot we were surprised to find that our's was the only vehicle in the lot. Merlin and I got the shuttle set up by 7:30 and hit the trail. The first 45 minutes were cool going up Peralta Canyon, a chilly breeze was coming down the canyon. Then we got high enough for the sun to reach us. That was the end of the coolness.

Upon getting to Fremont Saddle we made a small side trip out to the lone pine. It's always nice out there on the point. It was hard not to linger too long.

As usual for this time of the year the trail along East Bolder Canyon is fairly overgrown. Lots of cactus and brush invading the trail. In the lower portion we found cat claw prominent.

The views of the needle were impressive as usual. The sight never really gets old. It's always amazing how the views and personality of the peak change as you pass along the trail. The first people we saw on the trail were a family of 4 heading south up on the hill to the south of Palomino Mtn. This was their first trip into the Supes. We were surprised that they would venture so far in on their first trip. I think a couple people in the party had the same idea. I hope they made it out all right. Even if they turned around when we saw them it would have been a 14 mile hike.

Aylor's arch watched us pass by. We saw about 10 other people on the Dutchman's between Palomino Mtn and the FW TH in three groups. Surprising how few people were out. Turned out to be a great day for a hike. The sun was out for a short while when it felt good to get the morning chill out of the air but then went behind clouds to keep it from getting too warm.

Great hike, great weather, great company. What more could you ask for.
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Jan 04 2014
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Peralta TH to First Water TH, AZ 
Peralta TH to First Water TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2014
tibber
Hiking12.02 Miles 2,096 AEG
Hiking12.02 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   1.92 mph
2,096 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 
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Plan B: Peralta to First Water Shuttle. Verdict: AWESOME Plan B :DANCE: Thx to Snakemarks and AZLOT69 for advice on Plan A.

We met Jack at First Water and took the Explorer over to Peralta (45 minutes) and then we were off and headin' up the trail. I am always glad when my legs will tell me fairly quickly that they're feeling good; even my calves didn't seem to need the usual warm-up period. We stopped at the photo booth to do some star shooting and then continued up and up encountering a few hikers now and again. We did find a bird that didn't flitter off because apparently he was after a pretzel :lol: .

Jack is quite familiar with the mileage on this trail so could tell us exactly how much we had to go by various landmarks. He had also done some trimming in the area too. Little did Volunteer Ranger Jack know that it was really the other side of the saddle that could use quite a bit of trimming.

While we caught our breath at the saddle, a newbie came over the top and got his first look at Weavers Needle. He had a great reaction. Guess it might be fun to hang around over on the west side of the saddle just to watch as people feast their eyes on the Needle for the first time.

We didn't linger long and headed on down the trail. It was a little nippy in the shade. Once down toward the drainage we spotted water so headed off to what I call the Upper Peralta Trail pools. It was in one of the pools that Ambika spotted Weavers Needle's reflections so that kept our cameras busy for a bit. There is one more set of pools that we had stopped at for lunch during our Weavers Cross Cut hike a couple years ago so we wandered over there too.

We eventually stopped for a lunch but with Jack in the lead, getting over to the site was thru catclaw. What is it between the cholla and catclaw he just aims straight for it :lol: ... and what's worse this time is that the major camp site was just 2 minutes further down the trail which we discovered when we started hiking after lunch. SHEESH! Well at least our site was bound to stay private.

The trail continues north for a long time. I was curious as to when it would swing east but it really doesn't as it gradually veers in that direction. I looked ahead and slightly east and it looks like the drainage dropped rather steeply. We were surprised at how high above the valley we were. Once you hike that gradual rise in the trail the view opens up :y: and you can see all sorts of mountains and landmarks. It really is spectacular. There is this one rocky crag mountain (3113 I believe) that you hike towards and once you get past that, there is Yellow Peak, the Palominos, Battleship, Geronimo Head, the top of Malapais, Black Top Mesa, Bluff Spring Mountain and of course, Weavers Needle keeps you company almost the entire hike from the Saddle. It was simply breathtaking.

Finally you head east for a short time before you start hiking down the side of a rock mountain with really nice trail. We looked over to the west and admired the layering of the rock like terraces and the intense greenery thruout. It is surprising how high above it you are. You hike a bit of a zig zag as you slowly head down in the direction of Palomino Mountain almost straight ahead of you and then you do a u-turn heading south for a bit before veering east again to Peralta Creek and the intersection with the Dutchman.

Like many of you this little section of trail between Palomino and Black Top is one of my favorite places in the western part of the Supes. And it delivered as usual as one of the first pools was providing a very cool reflection of Black Top Mesa. Needless to say, we spent a few minutes here trying to get that ideal shot. As we continued our hike, somewhere along here I put my hand down but it landed in the way of this tall and sturdy prickly pear cactus. Ouch! :stretch: For the next couple days it's been hard to bend my second and third fingers so I must have jammed them good but at least I didn't get thorned.

I got to see my golden water (reflections of Black Top), Jack spotted Aylors Arch which you can only see for a short time and he spotted the crested saguaro I told him to keep an eye out for. We rested at the end of this part of the trail and ate our final snack for our final 4 mile push (which was actually 4.75) home.

We put the after burners : rambo : on to try and make up for our lolly-gagging during the previous seven miles. The sun was back-lighting some of the flora so that was kind of nice. There are those 4 rocky parts of this trail that are always an annoyance but other than that, this part is pretty smooth sailing even as you make your way toward Parker Pass.

It was interesting to see how the fall rain had changed the layout of First Water creek a bit. And there were still plenty of pools of water for this time of year. We kept trudging along this part anxiously awaiting getting out in the sunshine and that last bit to the TH. You know what they say about that last mile.

Once at Tonto I had crantinis for Ambika and me and a pumpkin spice beer for Jack. We followed Jack to his house, finally got to meet Pat and then headed off to Los Gringos. Pat and Jack went to get the Explorer and then Jack brot me my hiking bag just as we finished dinner. I haven't had the Camerones Verde there in so long. It's seems a little spicier than I remember it but YUM!!!

I've got a hankering to do the Weavers Needle Loop but I would have done it from the other direction. However, I think I may want to do it counterclockwise as I think the view will be so much better and I think it might be easier so as to avoid that 4 mile uphill to the Saddle.


A friendly reminder to watch in HD as the plants don't blur that way.
Video 1 to Fremont Saddle - http://youtu.be/JJeodlAY8O0
Video 2 to pools by Peralta Trail - http://youtu.be/DdJ3kw9ZJRM
Video 3 continuing on Peralta Trail - http://youtu.be/BhOKlLSCXLI
Video 4 still heading mostly north on Peralta Trail - http://youtu.be/LfX1Em2VFYA
Video 5 heading east on Peralta toward Dutchman Junction - http://youtu.be/7Y7QplJKwXo
Video 6 on the Dutchman between Palomino and Black Top Mesa: http://youtu.be/sI5qytzlm3o
Video 7 on the Dutchman to First Water http://youtu.be/AcduqjcYM-g
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Black Top Mesa
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Oct 12 2013
IrvFerguson
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61 male
 Joined Mar 02 2014
 Coolidge, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2013
IrvFerguson
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,300 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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This one was interesting, but you can loose the trail just crossing a river bed. I did find water, very cool. :?
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Apr 12 2013
Tough_Boots
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 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2013
Tough_Boots
Hiking27.20 Miles 3,980 AEG
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I couldn't decide what to hike today but my plan was to break in my new boots. Well, I think I ended up beating them in and making them wish someone else had bought them. I was gonna start at Peralta but as I drove east, I didn't feel like making that extra long drive. I decided that I could just drive to First Water and then hike to Peralta :)

As I neared First Water, I realized that I had only packed 3 liters of water and with the highs being in the upper 80's that just might not be enough to make it to Peralta and back. Luckily, I had packed my Steripen! So if I go all the way to Peralta then I'm gonna have to take the long way back and pass by LaBarge or Charlebois Springs just to be safe and make sure I can get water that's not to murky or green to purify with UV. Alright-- today is gonna be a long day. I'd never done the First Water to Peralta and back thing so it must be time to put this one under my belt. I didn't know exactly how long this route would be but I knew it would be at least 25 miles and not over 30 (hopefully :o )

I didn't see a single hiker from First Water until I hit Fremont Saddle. I stopped and ate a sandwich on the saddle and enjoyed the view. Its nice when there aren't 40 people up there. I headed down and passed probably ten on their way up and a group riding mules to the saddle.

I made it to the parking lot and talked to the usually cranky volunteer at the TH and he was pretty pleasant today. He even offered me an extra bottle of water when I told him what I was doing. I turned down his offer since I'd be able to easily make it to LaBarge no problem.

I started the march up Cardiac Hill which is much easier when you haven't already hiked 11 miles. It discouraged me a bit and I was beginning to get a little apprehensive about my plan but kept going. I saw a huge gila monster which lifted my spirits. I kept on moving and hit the Dutchman again and then saw a backpacker refilling water out of some still pools before the intersection with Red Tanks. I waved at him and shouted that there was a really nice spring just around the corner to pull from. I needed water, too, so I went ahead and filled up at LaBarge Spring. He made his way over and I showed him the overflowing spring box and we talked for a bit as we both refilled our water. The longer break really helped me regain some strength. 9L would have put Red Tanks on the "linked trails" list but not me :sl:

I headed off on my way and went past Charlebois and a couple camped there. I had water and was in a hurry so I didn't check out the spring. I knew almost all of my elevation gain was over for the day except for Bull Pass. I just had to make it to the saddle under Black Top Mesa and it would be mostly easy hiking for the remainder of the day. I stopped and ate another sandwich on the saddle. I'm glad I packed enough food for a big day :)

I made it back to the Dutchman and headed to the TH which seemed like it took forever. I thought I was closer and then realized that the starting point on my GPS track for the day was not really my start point. I had hiked far enough today so that my track was writing over itself and I had a couple more miles than it looked like :(

Then I saw my second gila monster for the day. He wasn't very big but wouldn't move off the trail. We had a bit of a stand-off and finally he went his own way. Then I was finally done and made it back just before sunset as the orange light started hitting the trail.

Today was a few miles too long but I'm glad I did it. The temperature ended up being perfect all day and I imagine this is the last long loop I'll do in the Supes this season.

And as for taking a brand new pair of boots on a 27 mile hike-- they were amazing straight out of the box. I love Vasque boots :)
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Mar 30 2013
garyc57
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 Mesa, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2013
garyc57
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   7 Hrs      1.72 mph
1,300 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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My oldest son and I started at Peralta TH at about 5:50am. It was cool – about 55 degrees when we started and the sun wasn’t even up yet. I took the climb slowly, and stopped frequently to catch my breath (and let my heart stop pounding!), and made it to Freemont Pass (about 1,300 ft climb) in about 90 minutes, a distance of about 2.25 miles. I was amazed I made it so fast. I expected to take much longer.

From then on, it was mostly downhill, and a very nice day to hike. The sky was overcast, and I could barely see my shadow. We got lots of close-up pictures of Weaver’s Needle, and even saw a Gila monster! My first ever! :y: (see the photoset)

We passed some people who told us they heard one rattlesnake and saw another. We kept our eyes peeled from that point on, but never saw one, thank goodness!

My dear sweet wife, daughter, and son-in-law left us a water cache about 1 mile in from First Water. We didn't need it. I started with 1½ gallons, and still had ½ gallon left.

I think had we tried hiking the other direction, with the gradual uphill all day long, it would have been worse.

I'm glad I didn't wait any longer in the season to hike in the Superstitions. Any later would have been too hot.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
lots of flowers here and there. Not everywhere, but a nice spread
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Dec 26 2012
Mike_Fels
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 Routes 17
 Photos 470
 Triplogs 421

71 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2012
Mike_Fels
Hiking11.53 Miles 2,149 AEG
Hiking11.53 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.56 mph
2,149 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
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mtabbert
My friend, Mike, and I decided today was a good day for a hike across the Supes. We met at 6:00 and got the shuttle set up to hit the trail at 7:30. We actually did it South to North, to get the big hill out of the way at the beginning. We didn't see anyone else after the TH until about West Boulder Creek when we ran into a guy finishing the Boulder Creek loop. After that point we started running into several groups.

The sun stayed under high clouds making for great hiking conditions.
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Dec 26 2012
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 422

67 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2012
mtabbert
Hiking11.53 Miles 2,149 AEG
Hiking11.53 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.56 mph
2,149 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Mike_Fels
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Mar 10 2012
leannrasmussen
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 Photos 182
 Triplogs 111

51 female
 Joined Apr 02 2010
 aj,az
Peralta to First Water, AZ 
Peralta to First Water, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2012
leannrasmussen
Hiking11.90 Miles
Hiking11.90 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.59 mph
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
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Nov 25 2011
shouston2
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 Routes 3
 Photos 25
 Triplogs 144

47 male
 Joined Feb 15 2008
 Tempe, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2011
shouston2
Hiking11.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.26 mph
1,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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What a great shuttle hike. We started out at First Water and ended up at the Peralta TH. The views of Weaver's Needle were amazing, especially in the early morning with all of the low cloud cover. Nick, Mike, and I had a great time.
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Oct 29 2011
scottfyfe
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 Photos 214
 Triplogs 59

43 male
 Joined Nov 02 2006
 Sabattus, Maine
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2011
scottfyfe
Hiking13.50 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   6 Hrs      2.70 mph
1,300 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I think the distance is a bit off on this one. My GPS put it at 13.5 Love this hike but it was far better when I did it in Febuary. The strem was flowing then and it made the hike that much more enjoyable. Had lunch today in the dry creek bed. It made for some nice shade but I'd perfer a creek side lunch like I had the time before.
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Mar 06 2011
TheNaviG8R
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 Guides 1
 Routes 35
 Photos 2,831
 Triplogs 447

49 male
 Joined Jul 26 2008
 Mesa, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2011
TheNaviG8R
Hiking11.90 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Feb 06 2011
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
 Triplogs 1,074

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
First Water TH to Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2011
mazatzal
Hiking11.20 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.04 mph
2,200 ft AEG
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We only saw about 12 people all day - just 6 of those on Peralta below Fremont Saddle! Someone said there was a sporting event :-k

Got to see the second half. :D
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