Black Mesa Loop Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Black Mesa Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tortilla Flat, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.0 miles 1072 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

6 months ago

Great trial but I clocked 10.7 miles not 9.3

walking
7 months ago

The hike was great. Beautiful views and fairly easy to hike. My Apple Watch and phone calculated 11.9 miles and it took is 4:50 minutes to complete. We took one 5 min break.

hiking
8 months ago

First 5 miles was dry then had drizzle. With 6 others. 9 mile loop in Superstition Wilderness.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike was good. Semi-arid scenery and loved the reddish-brown rocks as the light changed on them. Went clockwise, lots of good views of the Needles.

hiking
9 months ago

Rated Hard, but it's not hard, it's moderate, many would even say it's easy, it's just long. Take snacks or lunch and plenty of fluids. You'll need some route finding skills on the transition from 140 to 241, download the map then you'll have no problems. Prettier if you do it clockwise as you'll have all the great views of the needle in front of you, not behind. closer to 9 miles than 8.2 according to my GPS. Take second water trail (236) to Black Mesa Trail (241) to First water trail (104), for a clockwise trip. Took me just under four hours with no stops, hiking solo.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice hike. Not to difficult, just a little long (9 miles). Hiked the loop clockwise. Saw a Gila monster and two Diamond Back rattlesnakes. Several excellent views of Weavers Needle.

hiking
2 years ago

Fantastic hike, the only one we have rated a 5 so far. A wide variety of terrain, plant & elevation changes that make this hike beautiful and leaves you wondering whats around the next corner. The best part, unlike most hikes we have taken in the Phoenix area, is the solitude and lack of civilization experienced. It.s rated as strenuous, but I disagree. Maybe long for some , but not hard.

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked in 4/4 /13, great wildflowers
easy hike

hiking
3 years ago

Would consider this trail moderate in difficulty. From First Water trailhead took Dutchman trail to Black Mesa trail and then looped back on Second Water trail, for a total of 9 miles. There are some moderately steep sections, but overall the trail is a fairly easy trek and not hard to follow. Wonderful views of Superstition area, including Weaver's Needle.

hiking
4 years ago

hiked Black Mesa today looking for a lost hiker. Sad did not find him yet missing for four days so far.