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Black Ridge Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2019
survivordude
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,212 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.21 mph
2,212 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Back was feeling great a week later so decided to kick it up a notch just a bit with this loop. Temps in the 30s had me in layers to start the day. Trail was pretty steady uphill and very easy to follow all the way up to a saddle with great views of the Black Ridge. Passed a corral with several nice looking horses in it. Missed the turn and kept on the AZT for about a 1/4 mile before I realized and turned around. This part of the hike was really fun to follow. Really a glorified game trail that slowly made its way down to a spring that I didnt actually find but, was a nice area. Kept thinking it would be cool to be on horseback. The ascent up the ridge was not bad at all and trail was really easy to follow mostly due to the deer/elk tracks all the way up. Once I got to the top, I lost the trail completely, but stayed on course to Brunson Tank which was the break spot. Fantastic views towards Saguaro Lake. Lost and found the trail again and started the decent. It was pretty rocky and jarring, and I did my best to avoid the ol slip n slide.

Talk about solitude. I felt like there wasnt another person around for miles the entire hike and I really enjoyed the quiet of these mountains.
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Named place
Brunson Tank Horseshoe Reservoir

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Brunson Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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