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Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ
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Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ 
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking16.03 Miles 3,555 AEG
Hiking16.03 Miles   9 Hrs   1 Min   1.98 mph
3,555 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We arrived to the Trailhead in the predawn darkness with our headlights hitting 5 or so people in sleeping bags laid out right in the parking lot. Now that's campin'! There were also 2 hunters getting ready to go out.

We hit the trails in the upper 30's and never saw another sole all day. I was beginning to think they'd closed the wilderness and we did not get the memo.

On the Dutchman #104, over Sting Ray Pass, Parker Pass, and then Scorpion Pincher Rock for a photo Op.

The climb up to Palomino Mountain was more well defined than I remembered. Once up top I dropped down to the area of Aylors Arch to check it out. The area up top here is interesting to check out, and the views don't suck at all.

Black Top Mesa was up next up. We took the mandatory spin to the south end to look for the Sun, Gold and The End. Successful on all 3, plus a compass.

Ray had never seen and Joe wouldn't stop talking about it, so we had to sample the Lost Black Top Mesa Trail.

Now on our way back and taking the Black Mesa Trail #241. We took a short/long cut to the Second Water Trail #236. Joe pointed out that @tibber had done this canyon. I'm impressed, as there was one steep drop (with water) that was a little slippery/loose.

The Second Water Trail #236 is a super highway all the way back.

Musta been the perfect weather that scared everyone away from the trails...on a Saturday..

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