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Fremont Saddle via Peralta Canyon Trail

Peak Summited2021 Fremont Saddle
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadPeralta Canyon Trailhead
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
Additional Informationhttps://youtu.be/Q43r6Zbt06k

Fremont Saddle via Peralta Canyon Trail would culminate the Six Pack of Peaks Winter Arizona 2021 challenge for me – All six peaks in the challenge were hikes I had never done before, though I had heard about some of them from others in my hiking group – There was no sequence planning that took place beforehand on my part, however I was pleased that Fremont Saddle was the final hike – In reflection, it had 1,341 feet of elevation gain though it was so gradual relative to the other hikes that it felt more like a Sunday stroll – If one could associate the courses of a meal with hiking, I would say that Fremont Saddle was the dessert course – There was so much to see and the views were stunning – The best part was seeing Weaver’s Needle as I crested the saddle, an absolute, “OH WOW moment!” – It was also the least trafficked hike of the six – I did see hikers on my way up, but I did not encounter a single soul during my time at the saddle with exception of a helicopter that passed overhead – I was completely alone with mother nature on the way back – This could be because I did this hike later in the day on Friday, April 30th and the temperature was in the mid to upper 90s – I started hiking about 10 AM and returned to the trailhead a little after 3 PM –  AllTrails indicates this is a heavily trafficked out and back hike – Fortunately I experienced very little traffic

My trekking poles were a definite asset on this hike and my gloves, well they remained in my pack the entire time – I carried 3L of water in a bladder and a 1 QT Nalgene bottle filled with water in a side pocket

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