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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2017
adilling
Hiking10.11 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking10.11 Miles
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I had a 3-4 week break from my usual hiking activities because we were hosting a German exchange student. It was an excellent experience. He has flown back the Hamburg, so my weekends are once again free for hiking!

I wanted to get out and see some more of the wildflowers before they are all baked like croutons and turn back into thorny bushes. I opted for an old favorite, Black Mesa Loop. I am not sure how many times I have hiked this loop, but it’s a lot. I used to do it the “traditional” route by taking Parker Pass over to the Dutchman/Black Mesa junction, but the past few times, I have opted for the reverse route.

I started out from the trailhead at 7-ish. I was disappointed I missed the sunrise, but I saw all those clouds out and figured it would not be a very spectacular show. The cloud cover was pretty thick for most of the hike. That made for dull photos, but the wildflowers still looked pretty amazing.

I saw some backpackers coming back from a night out along 2nd Water, but once I turned onto Black Mesa Trail, I did not see another human until I got on the Dutchman Trail. I always wonder about the Black Mesa Trail. On the east side of the trail, you have an amazing saguaro cactus forest, and this time of year, a bright yellow bed of brittlebrush. On the west side, there is nada….just some scrawny looking bushes and nothing more. I guess it’s the soil, water and sun that makes one side so lush and beautiful?

At the saddle area, I saw Weavers Needle poking out from the horizon. The flat area is an excellent place for a campsite. There’s a few fire rings up here as well. The hike down to the Dutchman is the treat of this trail. The vista of Black Top Mesa, Weavers Needle and Palomino Mtn is one of my favorite views in the westerns supes.

I worked my way down to the Dutchman and decided to venture over to Bull Pass to get another favorite view near Black Top Mesa. I just cannot get enough of that view. So stunning. At the junction of Black Mesa Trail/Dutchman I had passed a group of riders out with some pretty nice looking horses. I passed them again going back as they started heading up Boulder Canyon as I was heading the other direction.

After taking a ton of pictures, I started heading back to the trailhead up Parker Pass and down. I started seeing a good number of fellow hikers along this trail. The clouds had finally dissipated and the sun was out. The wildflower season is just about over this year. I think that week of 90’s did them in. The summer oven is about to stoke up. Time to get in a few more tough ones before it is too darn hot too.
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