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Black Mesa, AZ
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12 by photographer avatarBarrett
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Black Mesa, AZ 
Black Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2014
Barrett
Hiking8.70 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.93 mph
3,000 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Rolled to the end of 22nd St north of Circle Mountain Drive to access the Tonto National Forest about 45 minutes before sunrise and headed out in a light drizzle under my Chrome Dome.
Took the rough two track east as far as I could before heading off trail to follow the ridge towards Black Mesa. The rain stopped, but the low clouds continued to surround me in a drifting silent fog. The ridge paid off, with smooth sailing most of the way, and I soon stood on top, with killer 360 degree views of fuzzy white in every direction. ;)
I followed the ridge down the first third or so, then dropped south into a drainage and followed that as it grew from a somewhat Catclawey affair to a downright fun open boulder-hopping thoroughfare.
Back to my truck before noon, with the sun now warming the wet, fragrant landscape. I looked back at Black Mesa, it's feet in the sunshine and it's head in the clouds.
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Black Mesa Elephant Mountain
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