The view southeast from Geronimo Cave.
The route follows the Peralta Canyon streambed and crosses it at
various places. The ascent is gradual and crisscrosses the canyon.
Various shaded spots offer cool respite at the crossings.
Large scrub oaks and sugar sumacs provide the shade.
Farther up the trail, Geronimo Cave comes into view on the right
along a line of yellow volcanic tuff. The trail ascends away from the
streambed and up a series of switchbacks directed through layers of
multicolored volcanic tuff, ash, and agglomerate. Various shades of
purple, buff, orange, pink, brown, and cream permeate the landscape.
Much of the trail is now on bedrock.
This is a good spot for sitting
and looking out over Peralta Canyon and part of Coffee Flat Valley.
The vertical “people” rocks on the western canyon edge
come into prominent view. A “one-eyed monster” lurks
along the trail.
More pastel colored bedrock leads you past the monster and on to
Fremont Saddle. Here we are greeted with a spectacular view of
Weaver’s Needle. This is where we stopped for lunch.
We returned along an alternative, the Cave Trail, back to the