We were met at the Peralta Trailhead by the Tonto National Forest ranger.
After our group assembled the ranger gave a short talk on the Superstition
Wilderness, the importance of staying on the trail and the care required
while sharing the trail with horses.
We handed out the radios and maps, took our group shot and were on our way
by 9:00. Those attending were: Tom and Jeannie Van Lew, Kim Gibson,
Kenn Wright, Mike DiPiazza, Chuck Parsons, Tim Reasoner, Nancy Black,
Paul Garbutt and Adam Black, Mark Bockmann, Chuck and Peggy Giovanniello,
Tony Gundon, Ben Velasquez, Ron Giffin and Tom Squire.
We followed the Peralta trail until we met the signs for the Bluff Spring
Trail and Dutchman’s Trail.
We turned right, following the Dutchman’s Trail.
We climbed a few hundred feet, turned east around the hill and were soon
out of sight of the parking lot and signs of civilization.
After 15 minutes or so on the trail, we came around another bend, which
opened up to the Coffee Flat desert valley.
A very picturesque and inspiring panorama.
We saw many rock formations near and in the distance, using our
imagination to see pigs, seals and even a man sitting on a throne
(we shan’t ask what throne that was, however!).
The trail crosses a small wash, while not running it was still damp from
the recent rain.
All too soon we turned and began our climb up the west side of Miners Canyon.
Our view of the Needle from this perspective, appeared quite imposing with
its sheer rock face.
We could see some climbers on the small saddle on top of Miners Needle and
were impressed to see them up there.
Once we arrived near Miners Summit, some of us made a short detour opting
to get a closer view of the Needle, where we discovered the north side has
a shallow slope reaching toward the final rock formation.
We returned to the trail and caught up with the rest of the group who had
waited at the saddle where Dutchman’s Trail meets the Whiskey Spring Trail.