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Peralta Trail Day Hike
Superstition Mountains
February 9, 2014
by Quy Nguyen
group
The Magnificent Seven at Peralta Trailhead:
Left to right: Val, Nikita, Monika, Debbie, Quy, Jackie, Gary.

Peralta Trail is the most popular trail in the Superstitions. You can find this trail in every hiking guidebook. There are also a great number of photos about the beauty of the Superstition Mountains around and along the trail.

Total hiking time was about 5 hours, including many stops for catching our breath, admiring amazing rock formations, and taking pictures. The temperature was 76 degrees; not what you’d expect for a winter day.

We were very proud of ourselves when we got to Fremont Saddle. From there we took a moment to take in the stunning views before heading back. Trail length for the round trip was 4.5 miles.

Along the trail we didn’t see any wildflowers except for a few small brittlebushes and dried fairy dusters.

These are photos of the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle of Magnificent Seven:

trail
Hikers head out on Peralta Trail.
formation
Strange eroded volcanic formation above the Peralta Trail.
cliffs
More volcanic cliffs.
cave
Geronimo Cave and the Devil’s Slide show distinct layers that form a volcanic range.
volcanic
Closeup on a distinct volcanic range.
rock
How many faces can you count?
rock
The balanced boulder formation.
cave
Nikita and Jackie take break in front of a cave.
cave
Debbie and Gary escape the heat and relax in the cave.
lava
Wonderful view of the lava formation around a balanced boulder.
view
The view of East Boulder Canyon with Weaver’s Needle from Fremont Saddle.
hikers
Left to right: Monika, Debbie, Quy, Jackie, Nikita, Gary.
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Nikita and Val at Fremont Saddle.
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Jackie and Gary: We made it!
Debbie
Debbie captures a sweeping panorama.
hoodoos
More hoodoos and hikers at Fremont Saddle.
hoodoos
Closeup view of hoodoo formations.
rock
Both saguaro and rock have a hole.
hikers
Hikers head back to the trailhead with beautiful surroundings.

We were back to trailhead at around 12:45 PM. That left us plenty of time to do chores for the day or relax in the sofa and watch the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Thanks to all for coming to join my hike today. Happy Trails!

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