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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2010
Tough_Boots
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.14 mph
1,125 ft AEG
 
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I planned to do Webber Creek today but it looked like storms and rumors of flash floods. The temps dropped here with the rain so I figured I'd rather drive out to the Supes and if I got rained out, I wouldn't be bummed after a two hour drive. I got a really early start and was at the TH around 6am. The first of the Maricopa SAR team arrived about the same time. They're still lookin' for those lost guys and were planning to go off trail into some washes this morning.

It turned out to be a beautiful morning to be in the Superstitions. I didn't run across a single other hiker. The weather was pretty humid bordering on steamy at first but as clouds came back in later in the morning, the humidity became a little more misty and pleasant. It sprinkled for barely a moment. Also, it seemed to be bunny territory today-- I've never seen that many on one hike. I came across atleast ten or twelve hopping around solo and in groups.

I began at the First Water TH and took Second Water to the Black Mesa Trail. I took Black Mesa about half way in to the large flat area that I like to think of as Garden Valley, Jr.-- if it has a name, please educate me. This spot has one of my favorite views of Weavers Needle. Instead of taking it all the way to the Dutchman Trail, I opted to go back to Second Water. I mean, lets face it-- the Dutchman Trail between Black Mesa and the TH is a total bore. Its the highway of the area and you need it to get pretty much everywhere if you're only doing a day hike. So I went back to Second Water and took it to the other end of Garden Valley hoping to get a better look of where a huge cloud of mist was ascending from. I thought maybe I was seeing steam coming off of Canyon Lake but I'm not sure.

I headed back to the TH into beautiful views of clouds rolling over the top of the Superstitions-- definitely a rare treat. I hope if anyone did the Flat Iron today, they'll post some pictures. I've hiked this area so much, I always think I'm gonna be bored doing it again and I am almost always proven wrong. I miss the Supes in the summer-- it was nice to have short window to get back in there this morning.

Oh, and I saw The Stillernator on the 60 on my way home. You can't miss the Steelermobile!
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