Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Black Mesa Loop Day Hike

when? Friday, November 27, 2015
where? Superstition Wilderness
the hike     Let’s follow the lead set by REI and spend Black Friday hiking instead of shopping. What hike is more appropriate to work off the Thanksgiving turkey on Black Friday than the Black Mesa Loop?
    Clockwise loop. From the trailhead hike east on Dutchman #104. At 0.4 miles go left on Second Water #236. Second Water climbs a small ridge and the drops into Garden Valley, a flat expanse that lives up to its name.
    At Garden Valley, 1.9 miles from the trailhead, you will find the junction for the Black Mesa Trail #241. Turn right. The Black Mesa Trail climbs to the top of Black Mesa, elevation 2750'. The trail follows a wash as it climbs gently. Towards the top the climb becomes steeper then flattens out.
    The Black Mesa Trail cuts through a dense cholla forest on top of the mesa, then descends steeply towards Boulder Creek, which is just before the junction with the Dutcman’s Trail #104. As you are descending you can see some great views of Weaver’s Needle. Be careful, as the trail consists of loose chalky dirt that can made the steep descent a little slippery.
    To complete the loop, take the Dutchman’s Trail #104 right at the junction. The trail goes west then northwest as it climbs over Parker Pass. From Parker Pass, it’s only 2.5 miles to the trailhead. You will cross First Water Creek five times en route.
    This hike is described by Jack Carlson and Elizabeth Stewart in Superstition Wilderness Trails West, Clear Creek Publishing, Tempe, AZ, 2012, pages 278-286.
distance 9 miles
time 5-7 hours
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
EC +-1050' elevation change
elevations 2220' (First Water Creek) to 2760' (Black Mesa)
type loop
starting at
First Water Trailhead 33° 28.781' N,  111° 26.521' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Dutchman’s, Second Water, and Black Mesa Trails
rating "B-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
weather Apache Junction
leader ,   You must email the leader to confirm.
Please provide your cell phone number when you sign up in case we need to contact you on the day of the hike.
meet 7:30 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.
drive 15 miles from Home Depot to First Water Trailhead. (30 round trip).

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