A modified version of the Black Mesa Loop using trails in this order.
Quarter Circle U Ranch Trail
Abandoned Peralta Trail
Peralta Trail back to the Dutchman Trail
Off trail exploring north of Bluff Spring Mountain
Back on Dutchman
Bull Pass Trail
Black Mesa Trail
Second Water Trail back to the TH
Great loop and really enjoyed seeing some new areas along the way. The abandoned Peralta Trail was difficult to follow which is to be expected. To our surprise we saw another hiker off-trail while we were checking out the area north of Bluff Spring Mountain. He was heading in the opposite direction so we never made direct contact.
average hiking speed 2.6 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.