Hiking the Peralta Trail – Middle

This second installment begins where the first one ended, right at the Fremont Saddle…the geographic/landscape feature that appeared to be a resting and turning-around point for many hikers.  That was my impression, anyway, as there were a few people who walked out to the lone Pinon Pine in the distance, and many fewer people who actually went down the trail that eventually led to the base of Weaver’s Needle in the background…and swarms and tons of them at the saddle and back down on the first half of the trail as I made my return trek.

Peralta Trail first glimpse of Weaver's Needle

This second image is the view to the left of Weaver’s needle, made from the same location as the one above….

Peralta Trail looking west of Weaver's Needle from Fremont Saddle

There is actually quite a gulf of rock-filled space between that lone pine and the southern edge of the base of Weaver’s Needle, even though some of the following images offer a view that appears somewhat contrary to what I just stated.

Peralta Trail Weaver's Needle and Pinion Pine from Fremont Saddle

If you can return to the first image above, find the two people, and then travel in your mind in a sort of quarter or third of a circle off to your right, you will come to the location where I made the below image…it’s looking somewhat off to the southeast…over a further expanse of rocky and bouldered desert that contains dozens of other trails.

Peralta Trail Superstition Mountains with yucca stalks

Crazy waves of mountain tops and yucca stalks….

Peralta Trail with waves of mountains and yucca stalks

Approaching Weaver’s Needle now, coming from the southeast where the above image was made…with a somewhat serpentine trail drawing us closer.  You can see two people on the trail….

Peralta Trail approaching Weaver's Needle on Fremont Saddle

And below, facing somewhat northeast over the rocks and mountains of the Superstitions.  I shared this image in a black and white rendering a few weeks ago….

Peralta Trail neighboring rocks of Weaver's Needle

It appears that we’re getting really close now….

Peralta Trail approaching the monolith of Weaver's Needle

Don’t forget to look down…and pay attention to what’s there….

Peralta Trail yucca viewed from above

Final yards up to the lone Pinon Pine…a feature that is discussed on-line as another favorite destination and turn-around spot.  I encountered a man and woman (and their dog) who appeared to have spent the night under the pine…and were packing to leave as the other hikers and I arrived…rested, lingered, and then departed to continue our respective journeys.

Peralta Trail Pinion Pine Pointe

This is the view from the ledge just down and to the left/west of the pine tree…there is quite a bit of space between the tree and the Needle…..

Peralta Trail Weaver's Needle from Pinion Pine overlook

More to follow….

8 responses

  1. Amazing finding people even in places where it seems unlikely.

    April 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    • I wasn’t expecting them….

      I didn’t get a photo of it, but when I had headed back to the saddle and then down past the Needle, I was taking a breather alongside the trail and I saw what at first glance appeared to be a wolf walking out of the trees a bit ahead of me…and then a leash and a hand and an arm, and finally a full human appeared…holding onto its German Shepherd dog…. THAT was a surprise….!

      May 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      • I suppose it would’ve been more of a surprise had the arm been there without the human attached to it.

        May 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm

        • Yes, that would have been quite a surprise….!

          May 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

  2. Superb photos of the area! How I wish I could take that hike!

    April 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    • Thank you, Terry…did you never make it out there during your years in AZ?

      May 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

  3. Beautiful scenery, Scott, and I’m thinking you were glad it was overcast. The rock formations, the distant layers of mountains, the yucca and agave plants, and even the other people, all help put me there. Your photos are all so perfectly composed. Best to you!

    April 13, 2017 at 10:57 am

    • Yes, Lynn….I was very glad it was overcast. And thank you…very much.

      I see that you are really enjoying all of your free time now! How wonderful for you….

      May 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm

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