Superstitions AZ – Peralta Trailhead to Charlebois Spring via Bluff Spring Trail

October 10, 2013

Click here for an overview of the 3 day/2 night trip in the Superstition Wilderness

Day 1

By the time we reached the Peralta trailhead, about an hour’s drive from Lost Dutchman State Park, the showery weather had cleared leaving blue skies, a freshly washed landscape, and temperatures in the 50s.

Superstitions AZ

The parking lot was about half full with a few day hikers starting out, but once we adjusted our packs and headed up the trail we saw few others.

Superstitions AZ

The 6.4 mile well-marked route to Charlebois Spring along the Bluff Springs and La Barge trails took us the rest of the day. Not because the trail was difficult, really only a moderate climb, but rather we were distracted by the splendor of the desert.

Superstitions AZ

Superstitions AZ

A magical scene of graceful saguaro cactus and odd rock formations against a backdrop of an unusually lush Sonoran desert. The previous night’s rain collected in every conceivable receptacle – a rock depression or an up-turned prickly pear paddle for instance.

Superstitions AZ

Superstitions AZ

Superstitions AZ

Superstitions AZ

Charlebois Spring is one of the most reliable water sources in the area. Although not much more than a murky pool, once filtered, the water is good to drink.

Superstitions AZ

Scouting the area, we find this guy.

Superstitions AZ

A couple of primitive sites sit a short distance up from the creek bed with a good fire ring and plenty of downed wood in the area to build a fire.

We leave the fly off the tent and fall asleep under the Milky Way, visible against a clear dark sky.

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One Response to Superstitions AZ – Peralta Trailhead to Charlebois Spring via Bluff Spring Trail

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