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Lost Black Top Mesa Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.83 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,716 feet
Elevation Gain -250 feet
Accumulated Gain 140 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.3
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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7  2018-01-11
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa
21  2017-12-16
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa
17  2017-12-16
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa
15  2017-12-16
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa
39  2016-03-20
BSM Hidden Valley Lower Aqua Falls
35  2015-03-23
Black Top Mesa
60  2012-03-03
Black Top Mesa
28  2012-02-18
BTM BSM Hidden Valley Loop Hell
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Author nonot
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 236
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Trips 479 map ( 4,543 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
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Warning the 2019 Woodbury Fire & 2020 Sawtooth Fire damaged a majority of the Superstition Wilderness.
Where did it go George?
by nonot

This is a connector between the Bull Pass trail and the Dutchman.

A lost trail in the Superstitions? Say it isn't so!

Ever since the USGS maps have been published, they have been edited by local and government agencies. In the name of safety and preservation, mines, ruins, caves, and trails have disappeared from maps. In many instances, they have been lazy and removed them only from the latest map editions. Furthermore, the government has taken itself to dynamiting, hiding in museum vaults, or sealing with concrete, many of these interesting relics. Unfortunately for the government, perhaps fortunately for you, trails are more challenging to hide.

I can understand why caves and ruins are not listed on maps, as each visitor has a degrading impact upon these fragile places. However, the pot hunters have long since gotten the booty, so further protection of these sites is laughable. And while I can sympathize with rescuers pulling people out of dangerous mines, I do not agree with the sealing of natural caves due to idiocy on behalf of a few bad apples, nor do I believe that non-social trails like this should be erased from history.

I cannot take credit for finding it as people before I have stumbled upon it, thinking it was the Bull Pass Trail.

From near the departure point to the top of Black Top Mesa on the Bull Pass trail, on the east downslope, you will reach a fork in the trail. If you are observant, you will notice it. The Bull Pass trail is the northern branch, while this trail of mystery is the southern branch. The trail is in pretty good shape, all considered.

Why was it erased from maps? Why does this trail not have a name? What is there to find nearby? I will not provide answers to all these questions. You have to get out there and do some exploration for yourself!

Please note, this small connector trail is in the middle of nowhere and will take you on at least an approximately 10-12 mile hike round trip, so be prepared. Do not set out there thinking the less than one mile in this trail description is all there is. Bring plenty of food and water, do not go in the scorching summer temps!

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2010-03-21 nonot

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take US60E to Idaho Rd. Go N on Idaho to the Apache Trail. Go E on the Apache Trail to First Water Rd, which is approx 1 mile past Lost Dutchman State Park. Take the rd to its end at First Water Trailhead. Hike the Dutchman to Bull Pass trail and ascend Bull Pass trail to the pass itself.
    page created by nonot on Mar 21 2010 9:15 pm
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