It was a heartbreaking day when we heard that our friend, Jeff Riley, took his own life. He was a happy-go-lucky kind of guy and we never expected he’d take such drastic measures. He loved the Superstition Mountains, and so every year on December 9th some friends and I go hiking as a memorial and tribute to Jeff.

Here are some pictures from the hike (click to enlarge):

Josiah Jones Photography - Superstition Mountains - Peralta Trail
On the way up Peralta Trail we marveled at the rock pillars mimicking the Saguaro cacti.

The Superstitions have some incredible rock formations.
The Superstitions have some incredible rock formations.

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Near the top, there’s a lone Pine tree accompanied by a Saguaro & Century Plant stalk reaching for the sky

The obligatory group photo - down to only three this year but we'll never forget you Jeff!
Obligatory group photo in front of Weavers Needle – down to only three this year but we’ll never forget you Jeff!

Weaver's Needle by itself.
Weavers Needle – up close and personal! lol

Weavers Needle as seen through an Ocotillo cactus
Weavers Needle as seen through the arms of an Ocotillo cactus.

This photo is nothing special, I just love the diversity of plant life out in the Superstitions.
This photo is nothing special, I just love the diversity of plant life out in the Superstitions.

Great view looking east into the interior of the Superstition Mountains
As we turned around to head back down the mountain, I stopped to enjoy the view for a moment longer, looking east into the interior of the Superstitions.

After the hike, on our way back out there was a huge bull on the side of the road that looked like a statue, so I stopped the car and snapped this photo with my Smartphone (hence the pixelation).
After the hike, on our way back out there was a huge bull on the side of the road that looked like a statue, so I stopped the car and snapped this photo with my Smartphone (hence the pixelation).

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