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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
 
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.20 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Took off for a Saturday solo hike to enjoy the last of this cooler weather.

Decided to do the Black Mesa Loop clockwise. I'd hiked out to Second Water Spring in January as part of a longer loop. This time, wanted to cut down on Black Mesa to see what it was like.

Couple nice views of Four Peaks near the junction of Black Mesa and Second Water. Hike takes you up and over, eventually to a giant flat area that is probably used for group camping. Weaver's Needle is prominent on the trail the rest of the way.

Made it down the white rock and decided to scramble up on the last rock ledge section before the trail dropped all the way down to the bottom of the valley.

Found an old rusty horse ring near the top. Great views of the needle and everything else.

About 100 yards before Dutchman Trail, the dry creek bed looks like a trail to the right, and a couple hikers ahead of me went that way. I saw the cairns to the left to finish off Black Mesa. Saw those folks a bit later on, bushwhacking back to the real trail.

At one point I took a break, pulled out my map and decided I'd take a side trip to check out Tim's Saddle. Found the turn-off to the saddle pretty easily and headed up and over. The trail is small but pretty good tread and well marked. Great view from the saddle. Wanted to keep going but will need to save the trek all the way out to Willow Spring for another day.
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[ checklist ] Old Rusty Stuff
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