The Peralta Trail, a 7 mile drive via dirt road off St. Rt 60 from Apache Junction is the most heavily traveled trail in AZ. So busy, there are always 1-2 volunteers whose duty it is to question people as to their planned hike and offer advice as needed. I enjoy talking to them.
I headed up with the intent to see how quickly I could reach Freemont Saddle, thinking this would be well represented on Strava as a popular hiking segment. The rugged beauty never becomes tiresome or something for which I doubt I ever take for granted.
Higher I ascend until finally, at 2.2 miles, 1300' of climbing, 43:35 minutes, I reach....
....the saddle and the view of the lone pine to the right and of course, Weavers Needle. Later, checking Strava, I find I am 4th out of 347 people for the climb segment and am satisfied with that effort.
I follow a trail to the right that yields grand views to the south and east and soon reach....
....the lone pine. Fantastic spot!
After awhile, talking with a couple, I head back while....
....enjoying the same great scenery until....
...I regain the saddle and return to the parking lot. Great day to be out doors.