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8 by photographer avatartrekkin_gecko
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Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking17.99 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking17.99 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.97 mph
2,900 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
been wanting a superstition fix lately, so today i decided to go up black top mesa
i like summits and loops
put a twist on the marsh valley loop
dutchman to bull pass, then up to black top mesa
there are no route finding issues here at all; a very obvious trail exists - no longer a use trail
i think this spot might have the best view of weaver's needle in the supes
today i couldn't find "the end" rock - have a picture of it from last time :?
after a few minutes of enjoying the views, headed back down and then continued on bull pass to the eastern intersection with dutchman
took cavalry through marsh valley
love the view of battleship right before you drop into boulder canyon
instead of turning north on boulder canyon trail, i went south, as i haven't hiked this section before
you can tell this piece doesn't get as much use as the trail was overgrown and a little indistinct in places
the creek crossings got a little tedious, but i'm still glad i went this way
saw three cardinals in boulder canyon and couldn't get a picture of any of them
finally met up with dutchman again, then took black mesa and second water to first water trailhead, creating a double loop hike
fun and interesting
didn't see anyone once i passed three herds of seniors in the first quarter mile until i saw one guy going up black mesa trail, then several people on second water trail - nice
a little longer than my usual
perfect day out in the supes!
p.s. think the aeg is a little high after syncing - seems closer to 2900
my gps showed 2568, haz 2911, synched 3214
usually two of those numbers are close, and that what i use
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