In my January recap, I noted that I was going to Las Vegas for a work summit. It was a tremendous experience meeting people from across the country and globe as well as getting to talk one on one with the President of the company. (I guess Vegas’ laid back style gives you that opportunity.)
The only downside was that I went outside one time in the four days I was there. Yes, you read that correctly. One time in four days.
Mentally, it was a really weird experience and I wasn’t a fan at all.
When I got back to Arizona, I needed some alone time. As a introvert-extrovert (yes that sounds like an oxymoron), I had had enough of being around people and needed some alone time.
Before the hike I went on a nice 14-mile bike ride (according to one friend I might be crazy, still TBD) around Tempe Town Lake to get the blood flowing and enjoy the perfect weather Arizona has been blessing us with.
I then headed east into the Superstitions.
Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle
If you’ve never been into the Superstitions, you are gravely missing out. The rock formations, wildlife, and scenery are some of the best in the Phoenix metro area.
The trailhead is about 90 minutes from the Scottsdale area and the last 10-12 miles are on a dirt road, though it is well taken care of and my Prius had no trouble making it through. To get to the trailhead, take US-60 all the way until it “ends” and then keep going. You’ll turn left onto Peralta Road which you will take until the road ends and you’re at the parking lot.
To the saddle is about a 2.5 mile hike up and you gain 1,400 feet of elevation, through mostly switchbacks. The trail is well taken care of but keep an eye out because a few times the trail disappears and you start walking on rock slabs.
This hike was fantastic. I put in my headphones, got the jams rolling, and started away. There weren’t too many people on the trail (credit to it being Super Bowl Sunday) which was what I was expecting. (Remember that whole not wanting to be around people thing?)
The first eighth of a mile is flat, giving you a nice warm-up but after that it’s UP! UP! UP!
You’ll be tempted to take photos every chance you get but don’t worry, the views continue to get better and better with each step you take.
Once you reach the saddle, Weaver’s Needle can’t be missed. I’m not really sure how to describe this rock formation so I’ll leave it up to you. Regardless, it’s beautiful, unique, and very picturesque.
With this hike only being 2.5 miles and finishing it in 47 minutes plus/minus, I needed more. So, the explorer blood in me took over and I started wondering, trying to find a route to the lone tree you see to my right in the second to above photo.
I wasn’t sure if there was a trail but I had to check it out. Luckily, there was a trail and you better believe I went to the end of it!
When I came to the end of the trail I found something I wasn’t expecting.
A perfectly placed backpacking camping spot, with a firepit already built in. I’m still investigating whether or not you need a permit to stay here overnight, but either way, it’d be pretty cool to wake up to Weaver’s Needle at sunrise.
This was exactly what I needed. I was now off the saddle and away from every other hiker on this trail. Just me, the needle, the trees, and a cloudless day.
With all that’s been going on from national politics, to relationships, to work, and everything else in between, taking some time to clear my head was needed.
Mother Nature is the ultimate therapist.
Peace and quiet is something we probably all don’t get enough of. We’re surrounded by people and technology all the time and in the end, it’ll drive us crazy.
So, my one ask of you on this Monday, go find some peace and quiet for just a little bit. Recenter yourself. Focus on who or what matters to you. The person or people who make you smile and light up your world. The activity that brings you joy. The book that sparks your imagination.
You’ll feel better. You’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.
Now that I had my peace and quiet, it was time for some football. I scampered down the hike and drove away definitely ready to take on the world and watch the Eagles beat the Patriots.
Until next time adventurers, take care and be safe.
Below I did a quick recap of the hike (while still on the mountain) in case you wanted more!