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Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking13.10 Miles 1,558 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.35 mph
1,558 ft AEG   2 Hrs   41 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
I wanted to get back out to the Superstitions and thought Black Top Mesa would be an interesting destination. I started at First Water TH and took the Dutchman to Bull Pass to BTM then back to Bull Pass and took Black Mesa Trail and Second Water back to the TH. I was on the trail by 6:45 A.M. which was about an hour later than I had originally planned.

Overall the day was enjoyable but did get warm. I only saw 3 people on my way to Bull Pass Trail and nobody again until I was almost back to the TH. I spent about an hour on top of BTM enjoying the views. It was getting warm and I needed to start heading back. I can see how people spend hours on top of the mesa exploring. When it cools off I will be back to look around more.

Black Mesa trail seemed to take a really long time and I was happy when I got to Second Water. Second Water provided a few nice shady spots in the creek beds that I took advantage of before I made it back to the truck. I knew I would need a lot of water on this one and ended up drinking 5 of the 6L I brought.
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