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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition Mtns
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8 by photographer avatarAugustWest
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2020
AugustWest
Hiking12.65 Miles 1,540 AEG
Hiking12.65 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   3.15 mph
1,540 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I used the cooler weather to finish out Boulder Canyon and revisit Black Mesa from a couple of years ago.

Boulder Canyon south from Second Water was really pretty in the late afternoon and early evening light. Turning on to Black Mesa was an entirely different story.

From the time I turned on to Black Mesa I could smell the acrid, charred odor of the burnt desert. As I headed up the canyon and traversed the mesa, the damage became evident. The dusk light was far kinder than what a sunlit perspective would be. Black Mesa is toast and it is kind of sad.

By the time I was 2/3 down Black Mesa I switched on my headlamp and made my way back to the trailhead.

I ran into 3 female backpackers in Boulder Canyon who had some weird whistle system to make each other aware of me(?).

I didn't see anyone else until Black Mesa ran into Second Water. At that juncture there was a woman walking pretty slowly and blasting what sounded like Pantera on her phone. I then passed a couple who I scared the crap out of. If they are reading this, I am sorry again for scaring you 😬
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A handful of Indian Paintbrush
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Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
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