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Black Top Mesa via First Water TH, AZ
mini location map2017-04-22
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Black Top Mesa via First Water TH, AZ 
Black Top Mesa via First Water TH, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 22 2017
Mave1878
Backpack11.74 Miles 3,098 AEG
Backpack11.74 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.71 mph
3,098 ft AEG      30 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
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I would say you should bring extra socks even if you wear pants (my strong recommendation). The trail was super easy to follow from First Water TH, taking the Lost Dutchman trail (#104) through Parker Pass and seeing Scorpion Pincer rock. There is minimal route finding required to this point. And then you hit a convergence of Lost Dutchman trail (#104) and Black Mesa trail (#241). It should be somewhat obvious, but bear Right. Very soon another convergence of Lost Dutchman trail (#104) and Boulder Canyon trail (#103) to which you continue on Lost Dutchman trail (#104) until reaching the last convergence with Bull Pass trail (#129) and bear Left on Bull Pass. As you go around the left side of Black Top Mesa be on the lookout for a 'use trail' to your right that will break Bull Pass (#129) and head up the "final assault", occasionally pausing to make sure you're still on the use trail. What you're looking for at the top is a grouping of black lava rock boulders. There is a grassy, cacti filled mesa that looked possible for a tent or two, but I was short on daylight and didn't poke around much.
You HAVE to get a 360 degree video or pano pic from the top. One of my most cherished to this day!
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