Arizona Hiking Gallery
Peralta Canyon Trail Hike
Superstition Wilderness, AZ
May 25, 2008
Gallery contains 20 photos
Gallery last updated: 6/17/2008
This hike was about a 6 mile out-and-back hike along the Peralta Trail in the Superstition Wilderness. I was an unusually cool late May day after an rare couple of days of rain in May. The hike started from the Peralta Trailhead and went out to the "lone pine" point just beyond Fremont Saddle. See my November 23, 2006 Peralta Canyon Hike Gallery for more photos from Peralta Canyon.
Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus).
After a record amount of rainfall for May earlier in the week, a little trickle of water still flows down the rocks.
About half way up the canyon the always intriguing balancing rock formation takes center stage.
Strange eroded volcanic formations tower above the Peralta Trail.
Closeup view of the bouldery slopes of a ridge that juts out toward Weavers Needle.
Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris) hiding in the shadows of a prickly pear cactus.
Parry's Agave flower stalk with an interesting corkscrew twist.
To the north and a little to the east of Fremont Saddle is a ridge with a lone pine tree. This is a view of Weavers Needle from the "lone pine" point.
The "lone pine" is Single-leaf Pinyon Pine (Pinus monophylla).
A unique characteristic of the Single-leaf Pinyon Pine, as its name implies, is that the needles are single, not bundled in groups as with other pines.
Bark of the Single-leaf Pinyon Pine.
I haven't positively id this guy yet, but I suspect that this a lizard showing off his vivid orange throat is an Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus). The throat color of these lizards can vary wildly from orange to yellow to blue.
This is the same lizard as the previous photo.
Flowers of a barrel cactus amid a mass of sharp hooked spines.
Tansyaster (Machaeranthera sp.).
A rocky gully coming down from the slopes of Peralta Canyon.
Rock formations in Peralta Canyon.
This lizard escaped capture, but lost his tail in the process.
Zebra-Tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides).
All images Copyright ©2008 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.