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Black Mesa Ruins - 9 members in 26 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 11 2018
GeeEss
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 Fountain Hills,
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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GeeEss
Hiking1.50 Miles 728 AEG
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Finally got around to hiking this ruin, but went a new (and I feel a better) way, hiking up a wash from Black Canyon City, then left and up. This is without a doubt, one of the more spectacular pueblos in the area, with very tall perimeter walls, and plenty of interior walls at 5' tall. Construction and petroglyphs are in a similar style to New River Ruins, so I believe this is probably Hohokam, rather than Perry Mesa Tradition.
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Dec 08 2018
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,398 AEG
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Third time up to the ruins, this time with SCA, Rob, Jan, and Scooby. Took the long way up and back. Lots of vegetation but easy enough to dodge the thorny stuff. Perfect day for a hike. Stopped at Nora Jean's in Black Canyon City for some post hike treats.
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Oct 28 2018
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 Phoenix,Az
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking2.47 Miles 728 AEG
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This had been on my radar for quite sometime. I was a little worried about parking, but there is plenty of room just before the guard railing. Got on the trail around 6:30. The hardest thing was making it across the barbed wire fence and navigating the washes. Once I gained some elevation I was able to pick a fairly clean route to the top. I was about 4/5 of the way to the top when I came across my first cairn..not that it was really needed. The ruins were impressive and I was surprised at how much they were along the edge. When you are driving along the freeway you are actually seeing some of the ruins from your car. Walked the mesa a little. Very green, ankle high grass, loamy soil. On the eastern edge i could see water in a tributary that led to the Agua Fria. The descent was a little cleaned than I anticipated. I was able to follow more of path than what I used ascending. Great day to be out. Cool breeze with temps in the upper 60's. No wildlife.
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Dec 11 2017
TheNaviG8R
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 Joined Jul 26 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
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TheNaviG8R
Hiking1.60 Miles 728 AEG
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Aug 22 2015
cabel
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 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
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cabel
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Second time up there. Not sure what is worse, going up or the trip down. I take a tough direct up and a direct down. Got stuck in the arm with rusty barbed wire at the fence. Any day outside is a good day. Went early and it heated up quickly.
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Aug 22 2015
cabel
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cabel
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Second time up there. Not sure what is worse, going up or the trip down. I take a tough direct up and a direct down. Got stuck in the arm with rusty barbed wire at the fence. Any day outside is a good day. Went early and it heated up quickly.
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Mar 21 2015
Nightstalker
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,082 AEG
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Joined a Trail Mix Meetup Hike group for a return trip up to Black Mesa Ruins. Took the long way up the old powerline road and dropped off the southwest side of the mesa to return to the cars. The short way was pretty rough. There was a lot of slipping and sliding and loose rocks. I do prefer the long way for each direction. We are probably about 2 weeks short of full on wildflower season, but we were treated to quite a few blooms. Found a bunch of butterflies at the ruins site. Everything appears to be in about the same condition I found on my hike from 2 years ago. On the way up we tracked below my last trek at the end of the powerline road which had a lot less cholla on it!!
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Oct 10 2014
Charger55
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 Mesa, AZ
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
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Charger55
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It was humid and I was dripping buckets of sweat on the way up, but I made it. The reward is an incredibly well-preserved ruin with one of the tallest rock walls I've ever seen. The petroglyphs are interesting too. Lots of feet. Possibly meant to signify the blisters obtained by anyone who hikes up there.
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Dec 24 2013
AZWanderingBea
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
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Been wanting to do this one for a long while. So why not do it on Christmas Eve?

Met some friends at the I-17 pull off and parked the vehicles. Worked out way over to the gate and started up the old abandoned jeep trail. We went up and up and up. Easy way to gain the elevation though. Finally began to bushwack our way up to the northern end of the mesa and then across the top of the mesa to the ruins. Lots of rocks just big enough to twist an ankle and plenty of thorny plants and cactus. Lots of deer tracks too, but we never saw any deer.

The ruins are impressive. Tall walls, well defined rooms, commanding view. I am totally amazed at the amount of work that had to go into this fortress. Just think of these people, relatively small by present standards, working to sustain their lives and finding enough energy left to collect and stack all these rocks. The caloric investment alone is enormous.

Had lunch and admired the views. Seems there is always great conversation when on one of these little adventures.

Started back and did some little side explorations. Near N34 07.025 W112 07.879 there are large trees in a wash. I scrambled around and found a nice seep, which in wetter times is likely a spring. While I was doing that our group found an area of pottery shards at the above location. We suspect there was once a dwelling or perhaps an area where food was gathered or prepared. Didn't notice and particular rock formations that might have been a structure.

Always fun to go explore these old sites. Great hike. Tough footing, so you definitely work for it. Now to head home to some nog and presents. Merry Christmas all you HAZers!
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Mar 23 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,624 AEG
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I've been wanting to do this hike for a couple of years now. One reason was to see the ruins, the other was to check out the old road I could see from I-17. I decided late last night, after flipping between Ford Canyon and Thompson Peak, that today would finally be the day to tackle this hike.

I parked just north of MP 245 on I-17 in a large clearing on the east side of the highway. The parking spot afforded some privacy from the passing traffic, out of site, out of mind. I followed the highway a short distance north to the first of two gates into the National Monument. While both gates were locked, the first easily allowed access under the barbed wire or climbing over the gate. This puts you on an old road that generally follows the high tension wires overhead. There is two splits along the way, just bear right at each. After about 1.75 miles it will be time to leave the road and start your cross country journey towards the ruins. I followed the GPS track that HansenAZ posted from this point to the ruins. You pretty much have to pick your best line to avoid the abundant cholla and prickly pear cactus EVERYWHERE. Once you get up on the final mesa, you'll get a break from the cactus. You'll be able to see the ruins for quite some distance away, just keep making your way in that direction. The ruins are amazing! You'll have to do a little hunting to find the glyphs, but they were where I was expecting them. On the return, I just headed towards a cell phone tower off in the distance and then towards the power line tower where you return to the old road. There is great views along the whole trail!
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Nov 03 2012
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,600 AEG
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I took the "scenic route" to Black Mesa Ruins. I parked at the Bumble Bee exit and went cross-country up and across the mesa approaching the ruin from the rear.

It's not very scenic at the beginning as I had to walk up the I-17 on-ramp until the walls of the hill cut were suitable to get up. Also the barb wire fence a little further up is well constructed and not so easy to get by. But it's about 20min to the mesa rim and then it's a matter of picking a trajectory that gets to the semi-isolated far southern edge of the mesa and the fort.

I walked mainly the "local" southern edge of the rim looking for anything interesting but didn't see much, just a lot of prickly pears. Easiest access to the semi-isolated far southern edge is via a saddle. This was an interesting passage, the prickly pears giving way to teddy bears and ocotillos, and I came across some interesting modern petroglyphs left (I think) by Basque shepherds from the early 1900's.

The fort itself was very impressive with tall walls and well-defined rooms. On the cliff band below I found some nice petroglyphs.

On the way back I decided to cut the dogleg and took a high traverse over to a jeep road I could see (walking the road is quite a bit easier than bushwacking the mesa). While getting to the road I startled a group of javalina and I also went through an area with a lot of pottery shards - though I didn't notice a ruin which would probably have been hidden by the shrubs. The road, apparently a service road for the power lines, switchbacked up to the mesa and then it was again cross country back to the car.
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Oct 25 2012
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 Gatlinburg, TN
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LisaMusicLady
Hiking1.50 Miles 728 AEG
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We followed the directions posted on this site by Joe. However, we approached by sliding under the fence just north of the parking area, then trecking straight up with our sites on the south side of the Mesa. Good Grip hiking shoes are recommended. The petroglyphs are on the large rock facing the ruins (South Side). As noted, there ins not an actual trail, a true Arizona Adventure awaits. We hiked in late October , so it was pleasant weather. It was obvious that these ruins are very "Seldome Seen" which made this hike extra special. We had packed a lunch and had a nice picnic at the ruins as well.
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Dec 14 2011
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May 08 2010
dgoodhart
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Black Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
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Muddy trek out to the main pueblo, which is well preserved, with lots of potsherds in and around the ruin. Also headed out to the fort on the western tip. The road is in great shape, no problems navigating. Total milage includes a side trip to Black Mesa ruins, which is quite the bushwhack, but very sweet to see so many intact and tall walls. Nice and easy hiking, perfect for flu recovery!!
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Nov 29 2009
cabel
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cabel
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What a great bushwack climb. The ruins are some of the best walls that I have seen. Plenty of pottery shards and petroglyphs. Temps droped and rain was comming in fast so I left the top. Would have been great pictures but I left the camera in the truck. I have to go back to this one!
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Oct 24 2009
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This is a great hike if you wish to experience Indian ruins without a long drive or hike. Once you find the turnoff off I-17 you will see your goal on top of the mesa to the east.
After climbing over or going under the fence, continue to make your way up the hill with the cliff as your guide. It is easier to actually acquire the cliff about 50 yards north of the point of the cliff or otherwise you will be experience the joy of scaling a cliff.
Once on top, enjoy the ruins and the viewss. By sure to descend the cliff south of the ruins and look for petroglyphs amoung the rocks.
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Mar 21 2009
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Feb 18 2009
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Sadly Couldn't make it to the top Was Way out of Shape
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