Explore the most popular trails in Black Mountain Summit Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

Great morning hike that’s close to town & quick

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rocky
16 days ago

Loved this hike. Little shorter than Camelback with 10% of the people. Great views, awesome workout, easy to follow trail.

on Black Mountain Trail

hiking
22 days ago

BM with A&E on Memorial Day....70 degrees!!!!

on Black Mountain Trail

hiking
27 days ago

Hiking with Abigail. 66 degrees at finish!!!!!!!!!!!

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bugs
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rocky
27 days ago

Yep I did it a 11mins coming down not so bad. Athletic and proud

hiking
29 days ago

I hiked this with my wife, and 7/9 yr old. I had heard this is similar to camelback but not as much traffic. I thought this hike was much easier and not really comparable. I felt that camelback was much tougher with the boulder climbing. The thing that made this hike tough was all the sharp, jagged rocks. Coming off a recent ankle sprain, I wasn’t very excited about this aspect. Love the American flag at the top though.

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bugs
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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

This hike is just that.. a short but uphill hike. I won’t do this hike again only because coming down was really risky. Tons of loose rocks and placing your feet on rocks that don’t slide was challenging. If the terrain was different I would do this hike again. We hiked it on a sat morning and it was flooded with people. We must have seen 35+. Wear hiking shoes. There’s no shade whatsoever, bring lots of water and you should be in pretty good shape to do this hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Great hike! Rocky at parts. Not too many people and some great views

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great hill for exercise! Steep but has sharp rock edges.

hiking
2 months ago

crowded

hiking
3 months ago

This is a good workout. It was very windy today but the views at the top are great!

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rocky
3 months ago

Looking for a steep, short hike with great views and not crowded? This is it. Narrow trail, lots of rocks and some rock scrambling. But a great workout, views from the top, and you can enjoy the town of Cave Creek after for a drink or food as your reward!

3 months ago

Love the climb! The views were spectacular!

Beautiful hike with beautiful wild flowers blooming at the start of the trail. Good workout❤️

took me 2 tries to get up to the top. definitely a difficult hike but entirely worth it once you get to the top

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

rate this as a mini camelback/Piestewa peak..short but you reach 1200 ft elevation in 1 mile! beautiful sunset with the flag at the summit...fyi side street parking is a 1/2 mile walk to the trailhead.

it was beautiful. not too much foot traffic for a perfect sunday afternoon. Wild flowers are starting to bloom. definitely coming back.

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rocky
4 months ago

Great trail. Houses do not line the trail entirely. Heard pig sounds but couldn’t find the javelina!

I absolutely recommend this trail!! I went today for my first time. It was challenging, I definitely broke a sweat! Not too crowded. Incredible views. The trail was sometimes tough to follow heading up, but I am sure next time won’t be as hard since I know which way to go now. I will most definitely be back. The top of this mountain was so serene, and again, the views were beautiful. The challenge was so worth it.

5 stars for what it is: a steep 1 mile climb (21% average grade vs Camelback which is 22%, for reference). I chose this over the more popular hike because the 1% challenge difference isn't worth the challenge of dealing with throngs of people and limited parking. I saw a handful of people and all were quite friendly, which to me means they're all regular hikers and added to the pleasure of this trail. You have to park a quarter mile before the trailhead and pass some houses to get to the start. You're never out of view of houses actually, but that's because this trail is in an urban area. Some people lower their rating because of this but... It's in an urban area. Besides, the houses are pretty cool. You can hear music from one of the restaurants in town all the way to the summit. If you like southern rock and country you'll enjoy it. BTW, there are several biker hangouts in town ... so you will also hear a lot of loud bikes. Definitely not a "backcountry" experience. Haha Lots of wildflowers, a few coyotes, sharp jagged rocks and 360° views made it a good short workout hike. pics on Instagram @cliknstik

hiking
5 months ago

If you want a short warmup, park down at Cave Creek Rd. Otherwise if you park in the neighborhood closer to the trailhead proper, the grind begins immediately and doesn't relent until 2/3 to the summit. Lots of sharp rocks & irregular stepping spots, recommend good ankle support. Fantastic view from the summit justifies the burn.

hiking
5 months ago

Good, fairly challenging hike with great views. Reminds me of Piestewa Peak but with a more gradual incline rather than stair-stepping. That being said, the trail basically goes straight up the mountain. The trail markers are few and far between, and there are many alternative “paths” one might get lost on if not paying close attention, but most seem to end up in the same place. One star off because of the rich pseudo-cowboys whose houses line the trail and mar the mountain.

Because you can't park right at trail start the hike will be longer than 2.2 miles. Sharp rocks and cactus along trail, maybe not great for curious or non-sure footed little kids. First time my child was 5 and he did great, didnt make it to top but loved it. Beautiful views. Dogs allowed.

Great trail

great way to start 2019

Great shirt hard hike with amazing views!

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