On Friday, my daughter and I hiked the Peralta Trail to the Fremont Saddle. A 4.5 mile round trip, ascending and descending 1300 feet. A warm sunny day (unheard of in AZ), in the mid-90s. It is a moderate hike, one most average hiker can do without much bother. It took us 3 hours, up and back, with 20 minutes at the top to eat and view.
Weaver's Needle, the sharp peak to the northwest, is stunning (see photo).
This area of the Superstition Mountains is known for the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. We cannot be numbered as two people of the thousands that search for it annually. The legend is compelling but probably more fiction than fact.
This hike gives visitors the Phoenix area an accessible hike that provides a good Arizona hiking experience. It provides quick escapism coupled with a good workout and brush with western lore.
More than anything, it was great to spend the day with one of my daughter's enjoying God's creations.
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