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Black Mountain - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2013
black_toes
Hiking1.86 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking1.86 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   1.30 mph
1,205 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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Parked in the lot on Mark Way, west of Schoolhouse Road, and did the uphill walk 1/3 of a mi to TH. Set the GPS at the Y in the road, which probably explains the shorter distance recorded than seen on the description.

Only .97 mi to the summit but what a slog! Steep trail, with sharp black slate outcroppings mixed with loose rock. Net elevation gain of almost 1,100 feet in that short distance. Huffing an puffing, I reached the summit in 1:24, but worth it.

The views from the top were great, providing I could ignore the surrounding homes and golf courses.
Very nice shot of Elephant Butte to NW. Four Peaks in the E, Vulture to the W, and all the Phoenix Mtn Preserve peaks, Camelback to Shaw Butte, stretched out in the hazy S.

Beautiful day with a cool breeze, temps about 70. Saw 16 others along the trail. Five on top with me at varying times while I munched on a ham sandwich. Hard to find flat seating up there with all the jagged slate jabbing up.

Trip down can be a real quads-killer. Surprised I descended without tripping but there is plenty of sturdy slate to rock-hop on. Lots of teddy-bear cholla and the most jojoba and Mormon tea I've seen in a while. Mostly chaparral but a lower hill's southern exposure covered with saguaro. Definitely a trail worth doing again.
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