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Black Ridge Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2017
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Hiking10.00 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   2.17 mph
2,250 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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What a fantastic day to hike in the Mazatzal Wildness! My hike buddies Maria, Yolanda, and Jan joined me today for some bushwacking fun. We parked just off Old Beeline Hwy in the parking area just before you get to the 393 road. We followed the loop clockwise today. GPS highly recommended as we missed turns and we off trail many times. We started up the 393 road, saw the AZT sign and continued right past it. Checked the GPS, and yep, that was us. Jumped on the AZT and headed north. Enjoying both the trail and the conversation, we walked right past the left turn. Again, checking the GPS, I saw we missed the turn. There's is a giant pile of rocks at the turn, but not much of something that looks like a trail. There is a wash of sorts there that heads in the correct direction, west/northwest, so we followed that for a ways until we jumped out of the wash and followed parallel. The grade starts getting steep and a discernible trail develops. This trail was easy enough to follow and takes you all the way to the top of the mesa. Once on top we took some off trail side trips to the east for views down into the canyon below. Following the GPS track west down the mesa to Brunson Tank the trail is mostly easy to follow but disappears here and there for a short stretches. From the Bronson Tank down to Little Saddle Trail there is barely any trail. Just a spider web of cow trails and the associated poop. We stayed close to the GPS route and were rewarded with trail here and there and a stash of cattle bones. Long pants recommended as it's death by 1000 cuts pushing through the scrub oak and cat claw down to Little Saddle. There's a big pile of rocks when you hit Little Saddle trail which appears well traveled and well cairned. Little Saddle, part of the AZT, is a real treat of criss crossing the creek, with occasional pools of water, and lush green vegetation. Jumped the side trail back down to Old Beeline Hwy, which also follows a creek and is lush and green. Nice remote area only 40 minutes from Fountain Hills. We saw no one along the trail and enjoyed having Old Beeline Hwy all to ourselves.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

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