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Nov 15 2020
emilystardust
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38 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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emilystardust
Hiking12.68 Miles 1,931 AEG
Hiking12.68 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.38 mph
1,931 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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“Off trail” section was pretty well defined. First mile of Lost Dutchman from First Water shows lots of fire damage but beyond that, trail and area were pretty lush and untouched. Interesting views over to Weavers Needle from the top to scope out what had been impacted by the fires.
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Jun 27 2020
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59 male
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 AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking11.40 Miles 1,558 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.89 mph
1,558 ft AEG
 
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Another quick hike to go for the burn. From up on Black Top Mesa you can see the Sawtooth fire was stopped just beyond Weavers Needle. It seemed to be pretty much contained within the Terrapin, Dutchman, Peralta perimeter. Marsh Valley, Bull Pass, Cavalry trail and Boulder Canyon trail all look good. New rule, any trail that is not burned is good. The question now is what burned east of Bluff Spring Mountain? Mine was the only vehicle at the trailhead starting at 4:44 am and the only vehicle when finishing at 8:41 am. I think that's a first for me. The last 45 minutes it started to get warm but I only drank 2 quarts and had free run of of the trails so a that's a win. Lots of bunnies, lizards and birds out. I saw one snake (a racer) which moved too fast for a photo. There is a lot of dry grass out there so hopefully the rains come soon.
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Mar 01 2020
fdv75
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63 male
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 Kent,wa
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
fdv75
Hiking12.63 Miles 2,099 AEG
Hiking12.63 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   2.60 mph
2,099 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Black Top Mesa
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Feb 07 2020
toddak
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55 male
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Aylor's ArchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2020
toddak
Hiking21.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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Counter-clockwise loop from First Water to bag Palomino, Black Top and the always incredible Battleship.
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Feb 06 2020
Daytripper
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 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2020
Daytripper
Hiking13.50 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   1.98 mph
2,400 ft AEG      30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Parked at the First Water horse lot to swing by the First Water ranch ruin on the way to Second Water Trail. Encountered several large groups today most doing the Hackberry Springs Loop. Black Mesa Trail was solitude time until just stepping into Boulder Basin. Another group of about 10 coming down Bull Pass trail after that had the place to myself. Went up on Black Top Mesa to enjoy the views, took a snack break there. The “petroglyphs” have practically vanished, not sure how we will find the gold mine now! The path up is more well defined as the grass has been trampled down quite a bit. Lots of horse travel lately , abandoned blanket on Black Mesa Trail and horse hair collections in the vegetation along the Dutchman . Water encountered in all the creek crossings but minimal flow. Passed through First Water trailhead only 2 vehicles and a modified bus about 1700, I saw them leaving while on the connector to the horse lot ,which was empty save my vehicle. To paraphrase Al Morrow, “ I found the Superstition Mountains to be a place of wonder and solitude where I could think clearly, enjoy nature and occupy myself in a pursuit that is interesting and healthy”. That about sums it up. :)

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Jan 29 2020
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2020
Yoder
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.52 mph
2,150 ft AEG      29 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Wanted to get back to the Superstitions. This hike looked like the perfect length, and I had never actually been on top of Black Mesa, so we decided on this hike.

Trail is easily followed, and quite pleasant. Views on the mesa top are fantastic. Got a little rain on the way back but all was good. Surprised at how many folks were out hiking on a weekday. Ran into about a dozen folks.

Started at about 7:10 and finished at 12:15.
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Jan 05 2020
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking12.52 Miles 2,199 AEG
Hiking12.52 Miles   8 Hrs   47 Mns   1.56 mph
2,199 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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My daughter wanted to do a big (for a 10 year old) hike, so I figured Black Top Mesa would fit the bill. We got started around 0815 and headed east on Second Water, then south on Black Mesa. By the time we reached Dutchman, temps were feeling pretty warm. East on Dutchman then up Bull Pass. Took our time on the steepest parts, and reached the summit of Black Top Mesa around lunchtime. Short snack break, then headed back down. Took Dutchman all the way back to the trailhead to complete the loop. My daughter was tired at the end, but had fun. Didn’t see many people today. Water everywhere, lots of green, and plenty of muddy trail, but we managed to keep our feet dry. We finished up just after 1700. Fun day with my daughter, and nice to see her complete a bigger hike.
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Jan 04 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ 
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.70 Miles 2,920 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   2.58 mph
2,920 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break
 
For the third year in a row I went to the First Water TH in early January and did an out-and-back hike to Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa. We took the Dutchman Trail about 4.5 miles to Little Boulder Canyon, and then went up the wash in the canyon about a half mile or so to a use trail that went up to Palomino Mountain and Aylor's Arch. I did not stand directly on top of the arch, but I got next to the top. It is fun going along the bridge up to the top of the arch, although if you have a fear of heights you might not want to do all the way to the arch. The views up there are worth it though. After going back to the Dutchman Trail we went to Bull Pass and then up to Black Top Mesa. There are some really nice views of the Supes on the mesa.

It was a lot of fun going up Little Boulder Canyon today -- there was enough water in the wash to make hiking fun, but not so much water that you couldn't keep your feet mostly dry.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Little Boulder Canyon Creek Light flow Light flow
There was a good bit of water in the creek, including a few pools; but with care you can mostly keep your feet dry.
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Dec 15 2019
ultrazona
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33 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2019
ultrazona
Hiking11.50 Miles 1,942 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.77 mph
1,942 ft AEG
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Oct 20 2019
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking12.38 Miles 2,075 AEG
Hiking12.38 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   2.50 mph
2,075 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Nice and cool to start. Headed up Dutchman to Bull Pass then up to Black Top Mesa. I was allergic to some vegetation up there, because my legs were covered in welts by the time we reached to top. Never had that happen before. Some haze, but nice views. No breeze at all today. Headed back down, then took Black Mesa to complete the loop. Oddly quiet out there today—only saw 4 people in the first 11 miles, then maybe 10 people in the last mile or so. The parking lot had about a dozen cars when we finished at noon. Always good to hike with Kelly, and nice to be in the Superstitions again. A few pools of water here and there, and lots of evidence of flooding along Second Water.
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Oct 20 2019
trekkin_gecko
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62 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.24 Miles 2,313 AEG
Hiking12.24 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.50 mph
2,313 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
linda suggested this classic in the superstitions
got going around 0630 with 49 degree temps, warming up to around 80 by the finish - very little breeze
dutchman, bull pass, black top mesa spur, back on black mesa and second water
love the views from black top mesa
saw very few people, which seemed unusual this time of year
nice day to be back in the supes, and good to hike with linda again
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Sep 12 2019
LJW
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 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2019
LJW
Hiking18.83 Miles 4,056 AEG
Hiking18.83 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.98 mph
4,056 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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With the Superstitions opened back up, I wanted to get back on Battleship Mountain and decided to make it a longer loop. From First Water I went clockwise to Battleship and then to Black Top Mesa with a stop at the LaBarge Box, before taking Dutchman back to the trailhead.

Started at 5:20am and was the second car in the lot. Used a headlamp for a mile or two. Was in the dark or shade until I climbed up onto Battleship's back end. Saw a small tarantula on the connector trail between Boulder and LaBarge Canyons. The giant cairns that used to mark where that trail leaves Boulder Canyon are gone.

Only person I saw all day was on the summit. Climbed down and stopped at the LaBarge Box before heading back to Boulder and up to Dutchman. Lots of frogs and soon-to-be frogs in the first few pools in the box.

Took Dutchman to Bull Pass and climbed up to the trail for Black Top Mesa. The spur to the top was in as good condition as any on the day. Summit was breezy, which was a blessing with temperatures rising to around body temperature.

Had to take care to apportion my water on Dutchman. Just about ran out and felt pretty dehydrated. Temps approached 100, but there was a solid breeze the whole trip down Dutchman. Saw a diamondback about two miles from the trailhead that charged at me while I tried to take pictures.

No water in any of the creeks except in Second Water Canyon and the LaBarge Box. Not sure any of it'd be good to drink when filtered.

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Jan 05 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ 
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.80 Miles 2,770 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   6 Hrs   17 Mns   2.82 mph
2,770 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
 
This is a fun hike and is one of my favorites in the Superstitions.

A group of us went on the hike, which started and ended at the First Water TH. We went on the Dutchman Trail for a little over 4 miles, and then went south through Little Boulder Canyon for about 1/2 mile until we got below Palomino Mountain and Aylor's Arch. From there we took a pretty good use trail up to Aylor's Arch. Most of us went up to the top of Arch, which had some awesome views. If you have a fear of heights you may not want to go up on the walkway that takes you over to the top of the Arch, but the chance of falling was near zero.

After spending some time on the Arch, we retraced our route back to the Dutchman Trail, and took it over to Bull Pass and then took a use trail up to the top of Black Top Mesa. I enjoy the views on top of the Mesa, so we hung out there for a bit. The last time that I was up there I found a geocache container, but could not locate it this time.

There was still some snow on the north side of the Ridgeline.

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Dec 01 2018
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Black Top Mesa Plus, AZ 
Black Top Mesa Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking15.75 Miles 2,771 AEG
Hiking15.75 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.57 mph
2,771 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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I was originally thinking of just hiking Black Mesa Loop, but by the time I got to the trailhead, I'd decided to tack on Black Top Mesa. Great weather at the start, a little cool, but perfect once I started moving. Started on Second Water and took that to Black Mesa Trail. There were a few pools of water along Second Water. Black Mesa was muddy in places, but the trail was clear of brush. A few pools of water here and there too. I saw several backpackers along Black Mesa. Once I reached Dutchman, I headed over to Bull Pass trail. Made my way up to the saddle, then up to the top of Black Top Mesa. The trail is very clear and easy to follow, no cactus to worry about. Took a snack break at the top, then headed back down. Since the weather was so nice, I decided to continue east on Bull Pass and loop back around on Dutchman. The eastern half of Bull Pass is brushy in places, but not bad. Headed south on Dutchman and around the south end of Black Top Mesa. Lots of water in places, plenty of flowers too. Saw plenty of people on Dutchman once I passed Peralta. I finished up around 2pm, a little later than I had originally planned, but a great day to be outside.
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Daytripper
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2018
Daytripper
Hiking12.86 Miles 2,203 AEG
Hiking12.86 Miles   6 Hrs   26 Mns   2.30 mph
2,203 ft AEG      50 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Another nice day to enjoy hiking under the Arizona skies. Seeing a brief scene from “Lust For Gold” had me inspired to return to Black Top Mesa . Made it as an extension of the Black Mesa Loop clockwise from First Water Trailhead.Only one water report for the complete route,dry.Parking lot only half full at 9, holiday crowd not arrived yet I suppose. Saw no one going up or down or on Black Top Mesa or Bull Pass Trail either. Did find a half inflated Mylar balloon up there to dispose of,helpful tip ,prickly pear cactus works well for deflating them.Enjoyed the awesome views of the western Superstitions all around me.Arrived at the Spanish Heiroglyphics at high noon hoping it was the ideal time for a sign to reveal the location of the hidden gold. Alas nothing to see here folks. Just wondering though ,how would a HAZ sticker look on a Rolls Phantom?
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DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Aylor's ArchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking13.70 Miles 2,760 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   2.82 mph
2,760 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
 
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Including myself, there were 7 intrepid hikers from a meetup group that began hiking at the First Water TH, and we did an out-and-back hike to Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa. We went out on the Dutchman Trail #104, and after about 5 miles or so, just past the turnoff to the Boulder Canyon trail, the trail went through a wash. Instead of continuing on the Dutchman Trail, we took a right in the wash and hiked through the wash for a half mile or so, until Aylor's Arch came into view off to the left. Then we followed a social trail up to a saddle just to the right of Aylor's Arch. Then we went to just below Aylor's Arch, and said what the heck, let's go up on Aylor's Arch. It was cool being up there, and the views were awesome. However, if you have a fear of heights, you may not want to to up to the top of the Arch.

We then reversed our course until we got back to the wash. Then when we got to the Dutchman Trail, we took a right from out of the wash. We didn't go too far, until we took the Bull Pass trail to the left. We then began ascending, and when we got to the base of Black Top Mesa, we took a trail to the right up to the top of Black Top Mesa. There were some cool views on top of the mesa -- Weaver's Needle was right in front of us, and I was able to recognize Superstition Peak 5057, Black Mountain, Peter's Mesa, among other landmarks. While on the mesa, not too far from the Sunburst Petroglyph, we came across a geocache container, which was the first one of those that I had found.

Once we descended from Black Top Mesa, we took the Bullpass trail back to the Dutchman Trail, and from there went back to the trailhead. It was a warm afternoon, and one of the hikers commented that the 5 miles or so that we went back on the Dutchman trail seemed like a 100 mile death march. While that may have smacked of hyperbole, I certainly did not argue with her!
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Jan 27 2018
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2018
John9L
Hiking14.16 Miles 2,624 AEG
Hiking14.16 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   3.03 mph
2,624 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
Solo workout hike on a Saturday. Saw Wally near Hackberry Spring & chatted for a few. Continued the loop and topped out on Black Top Mesa where I talked to a fella from Alberta that is a snowbird. He wasn't familiar with the glyphs so I showed him them & told him about Jack Carlson's books. We had a nice chat and then I started my return. Nice day out.

Hackberry Spring :next: Black Mesa :next: Bull Pass :next: Black Top Mesa :next: Bull Pass :next: Dutchman
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Jan 13 2018
syoung
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41 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
syoung
Hiking13.48 Miles 2,303 AEG
Hiking13.48 Miles   3 Hrs   24 Mns   3.96 mph
2,303 ft AEG
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Wonderful day out here. The grasses on Black Top are all dry and matted done, which was nice compared to the forest I had to trek through last time. However, with the recent rain, tons of fresh grass has shot through the underbrush forming splotches of green. Some water pooling on Black Mesa; but none observed on any other trail.

Note to self: much easier to cruise on back to First Water via Dutchman than to slog across Black Mesa #241.
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DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ 
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking16.20 Miles 3,330 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   2.53 mph
3,330 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
This 16 mile, 3300' AEG hike has some diverse hiking trails that offer a bit of everything: some relatively flat trails that you can get a good workout hike on; off trail scrambling; boulder hopping; rock climbing; steep ascents/descents; and lots of nice views throughout.

Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I started this hike from the First Water TH at the end of First Water Road. We proceeded along the Dutchman Trail #104, stopping to take side trips to Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa. Once we got back down Black Top Mesa, we proceeded to take a "Loop to Nowhere" that went on the Lost Black Top Mesa trail and the Bull Pass trail. After completing the loop, we retraced our steps back to the TH.

The hike up Aylor's Arch was cool, and views from atop Black Top Mesa were really nice -- there is a great view of Weaver's Needle from there. Whle on the Mesa, we came across the "sunburst" petroglyph on the SE corner of the mesa.

I'll probably do this hike again, but I think that I will pass on the "Loop to Nowhere" next time. It adds some distance and AEG to the hike, but unless it was wildflower blooming season, the loop doesn't really do much for me.
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Jan 07 2018
adilling
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57 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2018
adilling
Hiking12.58 Miles 2,316 AEG
Hiking12.58 Miles
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BTM!

This is my 7th trip up to this cool place. We opted for the Loop via Black Mesa Trail going in and the Dutchman going back.

The weather was perfect. It was nice at 745am when we started and was very pleasant the entire hike.

The lack of rain is starting to depress me. Every time we came across a dry wash or creek, I would tell my hiking buddy that, “this was flowing the last time I did this hike”. Not this time around, dry and dry all the way.

We did not see any dead critters, but I have seen people post pictures of sickly or dead foxes lately. I hope this rabies outbreak ends soon too.

The hike was as amazing as it always is. The climb up the Black Mesa Trail is always met with the ever growing specter of the Needle. Once you turn the corner past Yellow Peak, you get “the view” – Black Top Mesa, the Needle and Palomino, all lined up. One of my favorite views in the Supes.

We saw a good number of hikers along the Black Mesa Trail. When we turned into the Dutchman, we came across a few more parties, one heading the same we just a came and another heading towards Boulder Canyon.

The hike up Bull Pass and the mesa were steeper than I remember. Funny how those bits get lost in your memory and you only remember the awesome views up top.

There is a camping spot right at the edge of the mesa that has the perfect view of the Needle. I think my next trip up here will be an overnighter. We roamed around the top for a while, scooting over to the western edge to get a nice look at Palomino below.

The hike back down and then along the Dutchman was a nice and easy cruise all the way back to the trailhead. We encountered a good number of hikers, especially as we neared the parking area.

This is a sure thing, I always love heading up to BTM!
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