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Black Mesa Limestone Loop - Cave Creek, AZ
mini location map2014-01-11
11 by photographer avatarBiFrost
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Black Mesa Limestone Loop - Cave Creek, AZ 
Black Mesa Limestone Loop - Cave Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2014
BiFrost
Hiking16.13 Miles 4,743 AEG
Hiking16.13 Miles   9 Hrs   38 Mns   1.99 mph
4,743 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
1st trip
The goal for the day was Black Mesa but also wanted to climb Elephant Mountain. We started from Spur Cross and headed across Cave Creek and over to the Elephant Mountain trail to the saddle below the summit. From there we found a faint route on the ridgeline which soon turns into a bushwhack the further up you go. Decent views on the summit but didn't stay long as we still had to climb Black mesa.

The Black Mesa trail starts on the ridgeline between Elephant Mountain and Black Mesa. From there the trail is faint in many spots but the cairns along the route made it relatively easy to stay on track. The climb up is pretty gradual except for the very top section. Once on top had a nice lunch and took in the views which were not as impressive as Skull Mesa that we did last week.

Hiked back down Black Mesa the same way we came up but at the Limestone Trail turnoff we opted to take the slightly longer loop and check out Limestone Spring and Page Spring. Both springs were in good shape with concrete box full of clear water in case you needed to filter. Took a break at Page Spring for a bit and then headed down to the main trail in Cave Creek. Some water in Cave Creek but only on the upper sections.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Limestone Spring - Spur Cross Dripping Dripping
Decent water for filtering.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Page Spring - Spur Cross Dripping Dripping
Decent water for filtering.
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