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Black Ridge Lasso-Loop Mazatzals, AZ
mini location map2022-04-16
19 by photographer avatarJohn10s
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Black Ridge Lasso-Loop Mazatzals, AZ 
Black Ridge Lasso-Loop Mazatzals, AZ
 
Hiking16.41 Miles 2,482 AEG
Hiking16.41 Miles   8 Hrs   52 Mns   2.08 mph
2,482 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
It wasn't terribly hot even at the lower elevations near the valley this weekend, but Black Ridge Loop looked like a good option that was a relatively short drive but also a little higher elevation for some slightly cooler temperatures. We decided to do a longer lasso-loop version of the hike, a route that @hikerdw posted almost exactly a year ago. Parking just off Highway 87 on FR 1705 had the added benefit of close proximity to Beeline Ruins, which we planned to check out after Black Ridge.

We headed north for a little less than a mile, following a sometimes faint trail and avoiding some thorny brush before connecting with Sunflower Trail #344. We passed a few unnamed tanks with water and saw some "wild" horses grazing along the trail, which must have come from the ranches nearby. As we reached the loop portion of the route, we saw a group of ~10 other hikers. We left the official trail there and followed the loop clockwise up to the ridge, which offered nice views to the west toward Bartlett Reservoir.

Brunson Tank had plenty of water, and the trail became more faint as we descended toward Upper Sheep Creek and connected with Saddle Mountain Trail. Not surprisingly, we started to see more hikers along that stretch, but that eastern part of the loop was the most scenic. The temperature was perfect with a cool breeze, the trees provided nice shade, there was some water flowing in the creek bed, and the cliffs in that area were fantastic.

We passed the grazing horses again just after we started south on the lasso portion of the loop to finish off the hike. In total, we saw probably six or seven groups of varying sizes hiking and one mountain biker, all of them on the AZT portion of the route. Other than horses and cows, we saw a few deer early in the day. There aren't really any specific landmarks or major points of interest along the way, it was a very pleasant hike with a nice variety of scenery throughout, and we headed for the Beeline Ruins next. [ triplog ]
Geology
Geology [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] dike (igneous)
Culture
Culture [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Horseshoe

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Brunson Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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