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Black Mountain Ruin - 3 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 07 2016
cabel
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55 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Black Mountain RuinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2016
cabel
Hiking3.24 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking3.24 Miles
571 ft AEG
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Don't let anyone kid you it is steeper and harder than you think. Ruins are very poor.
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Sep 13 2012
TheNaviG8R
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49 male
 Joined Jul 26 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Black Mountain RuinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2012
TheNaviG8R
Hiking0.80 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles
571 ft AEG
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Culture
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Shoe Tree
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Black Mountain
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Oct 25 2010
Charger55
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40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Black Mountain RuinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2010
Charger55
Hiking0.80 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles   1 Hour      0.80 mph
571 ft AEG
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We did this hike as a near-trifecta of Upper Tonto Basin ruins that included Jake's Corner Ruins and an attempt at the Gisela Ruins.

As mentioned in the hike description there is no trail, you just beeline up the side of the hill, dodging hedgehog and prickly pear cactus along the way. The hardest part of the ascent was crawling under the barbed wire fence just above the wash. There doesn't appear to be an easy way around it.

The ruins are much bigger than expected. There are several rock walls still intact and even some gourds growing around the room on the northenmost section of the ruins. Could gourds that were planted several hundred years ago still be growing to this day? Great views of the Mazatzals and down into the Tonto Basin.

On the return we headed west to investigate the smaller peak with the rocky outcropping but didn't see any ruins there. Be careful on the way down. Loose rock caused me to lose my footing and the left side of my body became a human pincushion. Still, it was worth it to take the brief step back in time.
Fauna
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Tarantula
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Black Mountain
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Jan 25 2009
arizonadreamin
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62 female
 Joined Nov 08 2005
 Payson,Az
Black Mountain RuinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2009
arizonadreaming
Hiking0.80 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles
571 ft AEG
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Nice day for this exploring hike. Great weather,views,and great birdwatching. Dogs had a blast.
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Jan 14 2009
azpeavy
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58 male
 Joined Dec 17 2004
 Gilbert, AZ
Black Mountain RuinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2009
azpeavy
Hiking1.30 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles      41 Mns   1.90 mph
571 ft AEG
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Parked truck along road just east of Black Mtn. I followed a dirt road and stream bed to the north side of the mountain and went up. The summit is covered with many rooms. Century plants now occupy most rooms. Although the walls are only a couple of feet high, the layout is pretty obvious. Summit also provides great views of the Tonto Basin and Mazatzals.
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Dec 21 2007
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Black Mountain RuinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2007
AZLOT69
Hiking2.00 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   3 Hrs      0.67 mph
571 ft AEG
 
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I did this hike with a different approach. It made the hike longer but eliminated much of the bushwhack. Just to the east of Black Mountain on Gisela Road you will find FR 554A. A 4 X 4 road, follow this road north past Black Mountain Tank and around the rear of Black Mountain and then it makes a U turn and heads straight for the north side of the mountain. The road ends and a cairned trail takes you the rest of the way up the steep mountain to the ruins. Check out the GPS route. A great day of exploring.
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Black Mountain
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Jan 06 2006
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Black Mountain RuinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2006
PrestonSands
Hiking0.80 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles   1 Hour      0.80 mph
571 ft AEG
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A fun lunch break exploration of the ruin, on the way back home from working in Gisela. The ruin is in good shape. I did see a modern campfire ring in one of the rooms, though :x
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
average hiking speed 1.04 mph

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