Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Black Mesa Loop Day Hike
when Saturday, November 30, 2019
where Superstition Wilderness
the hike     Mark and I just discovered this gem of a hike. This looks like a favorite of the club but it has been 2 years since it was last done, so I think it’s time to do it again.
    We will do the loop clockwise, starting at First Water trailhead. Take the Dutchman’s Trail #104 going east for a ½ mile or so and bear left onto the Second Water Trail #236. At just shy of 2 miles we will be at Garden Valley, where we will find the junction for Black Mesa Trail # 241 to the right. The Black Mesa Trail climbs to the top of Black Mesa, elevation 2750'. The trail follows a wash as it climbs gently. Towards the top the climb becomes steeper, then flattens out.
    The Black Mesa Trail cuts through a dense cholla forest on top of the mesa, then descends steeply towards Boulder Creek, which is just before the junction with the Dutchman’s Trail #104. As you are descending you can see some great views of Weaver’s Needle. Be careful, as the trail consists of loose chalky dirt that can made the steep descent a little slippery.
    We will go right at the junction and take Dutchman’s Trail #104 going northwest as it climbs over Parker Pass. From there we are a short 2.5 miles from the trailhead, crossing First Water Creek five times before getting there.
    This hike is described by Jack Carlson and Elizabeth Stewart in Superstition Wilderness Trails West, Clear Creek Publishing, Tempe, AZ, 2012, pages 278-286.
distance 9 miles
time 5-6 hours
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
EC +-1050' elevation change
elevations 2220' (First Water Creek) to 2760' (Black Mesa)
type loop
starting at
First Water Trailhead 33° 28.781' N,  111° 26.521' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Dutchman’s, Second Water, and Black Mesa Trails
rating "B-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
weather Apache Junction
leader ,   You must email the leader to confirm.
Wilderness hikes are limited to 15 hikers.
meet 7:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.
drive 15 miles from Home Depot to First Water Trailhead. (30 round trip).

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