Area map. We hiked counterclockwise on this loop in the southwest corner of the Superstitions Wilderness.
At the Peralta Trailhead. Today we'll hike the Lost Dutchman / Bluff Springs trail loop, about 10 miles or so.
What a beautiful day we have! Not too warm, plenty of sunshine too. The Lost Dutchman Trail heads out from the trailhead almost due east, over rolling desert terrain. This loop doesn't get anywhere near the traffic that the Peralta Trail gets on an average weekend.
About the halfway point. It's like a cactus-garden back here. That's Weaver's Needle in back, we're east-southeast of it here.
Bluff Springs Trail in Barks Canyon. Weaver's Needle makes a good photo subject in the late afternoon sun.
Further down the Bluff Springs Trail, about 1 mile from the trailhead.
Finish, looking up into Peralta Canyon.
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