I’ve accepted the fact that one must rise up early to get in some Arizona hiking, but I don’t mind. Six am can be beautiful in the desert.
The Superstition mountains continue to be my favorite spot to explore, and this early morning in March finds me at the Peralta trailhead. I’m hoping to summit and possibly find the wind caves.
Our wet winter has turned the desert into a green oasis. I wind through trees as the sun rises and sparks a fiery glow on the red sandstone rocks. Hawks circle overhead looking for a last meal before it gets too warm. I climb higher and higher.
The trail seems to disappear as I get close to the top. I find a cave, not too deep or wide though, and wonder if this is the famed wind cave.
I don’t think it is, and circle around hoping to climb higher. Somehow though, I get turned around and find myself going back down the trail.
It seems as though this hike was a good introduction to the mountain, but like a gold digger or miner, it is going to require many hours of work and exploration of this mountain range to find all of it’s hidden gems.