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Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2013
Nightstalker
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,624 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   1.76 mph
1,624 ft AEG      52 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I've been wanting to do this hike for a couple of years now. One reason was to see the ruins, the other was to check out the old road I could see from I-17. I decided late last night, after flipping between Ford Canyon and Thompson Peak, that today would finally be the day to tackle this hike.

I parked just north of MP 245 on I-17 in a large clearing on the east side of the highway. The parking spot afforded some privacy from the passing traffic, out of site, out of mind. I followed the highway a short distance north to the first of two gates into the National Monument. While both gates were locked, the first easily allowed access under the barbed wire or climbing over the gate. This puts you on an old road that generally follows the high tension wires overhead. There is two splits along the way, just bear right at each. After about 1.75 miles it will be time to leave the road and start your cross country journey towards the ruins. I followed the GPS track that HansenAZ posted from this point to the ruins. You pretty much have to pick your best line to avoid the abundant cholla and prickly pear cactus EVERYWHERE. Once you get up on the final mesa, you'll get a break from the cactus. You'll be able to see the ruins for quite some distance away, just keep making your way in that direction. The ruins are amazing! You'll have to do a little hunting to find the glyphs, but they were where I was expecting them. On the return, I just headed towards a cell phone tower off in the distance and then towards the power line tower where you return to the old road. There is great views along the whole trail!
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