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Black Ridge Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
Hiking8.20 Miles 2,044 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   2.08 mph
2,044 ft AEG   3 Hrs   21 Mns Break19 LBS Pack
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Six of us hiked the Black Ridge Loop on Friday, the 20th. I was expecting the ground to be soft with puddles in places, but it turned out to be quite muddy, especially in stretches frequented by cattle. Though, much to my surprise, it turned out that the Little Saddle Mountain trail was a lot less muddy than the rest of the loop.

The water level in Brunson Tank was the highest that I've ever seen. Likewise, the creek along the Little Saddle Mountain Trail had a lot of water; there were stretches where it would have been difficult to avoid getting wet feet. We saw numerous small waterfalls along LSM.

I used the GPS track to help navigate the loop, though I've done it enough times now that I think I could have done it without. There are spots where it was handy to find the trail again after losing it for a time.

We also saw flowers along the way, but they weren't as plentiful as I was expecting.

Despite the wet conditions, it was still a nice hike, especially the LSM section. I like the "Black Ridge" section a whole lot more when it's dry though.
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Brunson Tank

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