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Black Mesa - Superstition Mountains, AZ

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Distance One Way 3.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,289 feet
Elevation Gain 561 feet
Accumulated Gain 700 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.63
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
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15  2021-03-13 KingLeonidas
17  2020-12-17 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 95
Routes 223
Photos 9,023
Trips 712 map ( 6,511 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Sun  5:34am - 7:30pm
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Black Mesa borders the southeast edge of Garden Valley in the Superstition Mountains. You can most easily access it from the south via Black Mesa Trail #241, or from the north via Second Water Trail #236. First Water is the nearest trailhead.

Black Mesa has a prominence of ~300 ft. above Garden Valley and the south end of Second Water Creek, ~800 ft. above the north end of Second Water Creek. It is much steeper on the west side (Garden Valley), gradually sloping away to the east. It is ~2.0 miles long, with a maximum altitude of 2850 ft., at its south end, opposite Yellow Peak.

Several unofficial routes on HAZ cross Black Mesa, but none traverse its length, nor a description. I just want an essential guide for the mesa to attach my triplog to, rather than some random trails. :-)

Getting to the "summit" from First Water TH, via Second Water Trail #236 and Black Mesa Trail #241, is 3.3 mi., 700 AEG. It's an easy 100 ft. off-trail climb from the open area on the saddle at the top of Trail #241. Meh.

I made a loop of it by traversing the highline (as it descended) back to Trail #236, across the north edge of Garden Valley, down to the Hackberry Springs signs, before instead turning south down the valley towards the First Water Ranch, then back to the trailhead. That's 7.45 mi., 980 AEG.

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2020-12-20 kingsnake

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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.

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    To First Water Trailhead
    From Mesa follow Highway 60 East to Idaho Road. Turn North onto Idaho Road which is SR88 and follow North 2.2 miles. SR88 bends right just past Scenic St. and Idaho continues North. Be sure to go right and stay on SR88. Follow SR88 5.2 miles to the signed turnoff for First Water Trailhead, this is FR-78. Turn right on to FR-78 and follow 2.6 miles to the end.

    This trailhead feature restrooms without running water. The large parking area fills up in season. When full utilize the Horse Lot 0.5 miles back.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 43.1 mi - about 59 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 136 mi - about 2 hours 16 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 187 mi - about 3 hours 3 mins
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