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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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Tuesday the 27th was a banner day for me. We did the Black Mesa Loop clockwise from First Water Trailhead to Garden Valley, over the top to Boulder Basin and back on Dutchman. The reason for the significance is that this hike gave me over 500 miles of hikes done since I started in December 2002. I am now 72 and was able to do the 9 miles and feel pretty good the next day.

My first hiking partner Dan was along to celebrate the "500". During the 4 plus years I had some rough experiences because I tried to hike with experienced people plus some hard line hikers and I was a true beginner and could not keep up. I finally found a few who go with me and they have made hiking a very enjoyable hobby. I admire the regular "hikers" and wish I had started many years earlier.

Back to Black Mesa-the weather was perfect. We climbed the short way to garden Valley and waited for Dan by the Black Mesa sign. He came trotting up to the junction having left a half hour later than we did. We proceeded up the Black mesa route to the cholla forest where my GPS said I had reached the 500 mile mark. We had a photo taken with 5 fingers and two zeros. I can't tell you how proud I am of that accomplishment!

THEN, to make the hike even more significant Dan suddenly yelled "look out" and we both heard the rattle at the same time. We froze in our tracks and just off the trail was a fair size rattler. He had warned us and was ready to strike. We gave him a wide berth and tried to assure him that he would be safe. I was able to get a couple photos that will be posted later. Wow, that is the closest one I had been to.

Over the mesa and down into Boulder Basin where we had lunch, proceeded over parker Pass and back to the First water Trailhead. We did the 9 miles in 6 hours including lunch. One more surprise for us. In the last half mile before the second water junction I topped a small hill and in the trail was a Gila Monster. He became very still until I moved and he ran away. He was a small one and I tried to get a photo that I will post in a day or so.

Lots of people have told me that the Superstition trails are not easy being rocky with many ups and downs. I have never known any other type. Someday I want to see what a "forest" trail is. Meanwhile, I have now just passed 500 miles (not all reported on HAZ) and so there!!!
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