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Black Ridge Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
jacobemerick
Hiking7.52 Miles 1,915 AEG
Hiking7.52 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   1.47 mph
1,915 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Hike w/ kids. Started twenty minutes after sunrise with temps in the high 20s. Took road first, then the big climb, which felt good to do with the chill air and waking sun. Trail is well-defined going up that ridge. Plenty of forks to choose from on top, had to check gps a few times. Brunson made for a good play spot, upper sheep spring was a bust. Some interesting corrals further down the creek, worth exploring more if I didn’t have kids on this trip. They dragged on the climb out, but perked up when they saw the trail quality change on LSM and were straight up giddy with the trickling water and little waterfalls. New TH looks fantastic.

Been wanting to do this hike w/ kids for a few years, probably waited the right amount. 4yo did struggle with the rough sections and distance, this was right at her limit.
Named place
Named place
Saddle Mountain 6,535

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Brunson Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full

dry Upper Sheep Creek Spring Dry Dry
One sad pool spotted above marked spring.
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