Black Mountain - Oak Wells, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.42 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,762 feet
Elevation Gain 818 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,100 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 15.92
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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Black Mountain - Pinal County
8  2013-12-14 Booneman
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The view is unbeatable for Southern Arizona standards, you can see almost every recognizable mountain within 100 miles on a clear day. The only problem is getting to the peak. It's your worst off-trail nightmare filled with cats claw, Spanish dagger, prickly pear, cholla, sharp grasses, loose rock and steep slopes. It's a worthy summit for peak baggers, but you really must be determined to get to the top.

There may be a better route to the peak, perhaps from the North, we chose to start this trek near Oak Wells on the East side of the mountain. It's really up to you to find the path of least resistence as the vegetation is the biggest obstacle. The peak is visible from the trailhead area near the tower, so just start heading towards it.

Be sure to have your Arizona State Trust Land permit, as signs are posted in several places indicating the potential for fines.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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    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.

    Permit $$
    AZ State Recreational Land Permits
    For hiking, driving & sightseeing purposes, you seek the recreational permit.
    Under "Recreational Land Use" in the link above.
    2020 - $15.00 individual
    2020 - $20.00 family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18
    Plus $1 processing fee
    The permitting process quick, you will be emailed your permit instantly.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From highway 79 South of Florence, head East on Freeman Road (3.7 miles South of Tom Mix Memorial) for 15.1 miles on a very smooth and well maintained dirt road. Turn right on Willow Springs road and travel South for 5.7 miles until you see a red tower on the right side of the road. Once you reach 20.8 miles from the highway, you will need to make another right on a dirt road heading uphill towards that tower. You'll come to a gate in little over a half mile, if you have a high clearance vehicle feel free to go further from this point. Might be a good idea to park a passenger car here and set out on foot. From the gate, you should be able to find a place to park near the tower within the next mile. There's no trail or cairns, so begin the hike where you see fit.
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