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Black Cross Butte [CLOSED] is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 980 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Views

Wildlife

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

Closed

No shade

No dogs

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As of June 2020, the trail is closed due to Bush Fire.

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Reviews (18)
Photos (21)
Recordings (27)
Completed (28)
Bertrand Kaper
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

if you insist on taking this trail, STRONGLY recommend an out and back along the west (left) limb of the trail. go out to the cave and then up to the top of the mesa and then turn around and go back. the east side part of the trail really does not exist. you will need to trailblaze with GPS down the rock face...just know this before u begin. its beautiful up top so enjoy the solitude and the view

Tammo Walter
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky

Overall fantastic experience and hike with spectacular views and off the beaten path. BUT be aware that some parts or sections of the trail are hard to find and depending on your comfort level with hights not easy to navigate and maneuver. There are a couple short sections that involve light downhill climbing. I'd certainly not recommend it to inexperienced hikers, people with small kids or to people that are insecure descending and balancing. If you go clockwise the trail is pretty easy to follow and walk. Hiking it all the way out and up to the Mesa is pretty easy but from there on it becomes tricky and you need to navigate with a map or this app and pay close attention to where you are going. There is not really a trail as it becomes more following the recording of this trail log. Look out for little man made rock towers to help you guide along. Where high top hiking shoes and or longer pants to avoid "collecting" all kinds of spiky plants in your shoes.

Dan Anderson
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownRocky

I am always looking for new trails with something unique the trail or location offers. This trail is VERY overgrown, as it doesnt appear to get much traffic. I normally wouldn't mind this, but it was difficult to stay on trail in some places. Further, there were a lot of (whatever plant it is) that had the tiny little sticker balls, these roll in to your shoes and socks and will drive you crazy. If you go on this, I would recommend wearing pants, or something to protect your lower legs. There was also a ton of bugs, i.e. mosquitos, flys and other buys buzzing, as well as grasshoppers, it was annoying. In addition, this hike should be done (at this time of year, April) as early in the morning as possible, as there is very little protection from the sun. There was 1 other car at the trailhead, which is essentially at a locked gate that provides a warning not to pass as it is Government land. 2 guys were just getting in the other car and they had walked out from beyond that area. We could see this road meandered deep in to the canyon and they confirmed that they hiked the road down to the water, about a 7 mile round trip hike on the road. The father told me this is an amazing hike for the views in the canyon alone. I will go back and hike this road, he did tell me that it is okay to hike beyond the gates, just not okay to drive past it. One last point, near the point where you can go left or right to start the loop, I would recommend going left, this gives you the ability to hike the loop like it shows, or to make a out and back type hike, you will know what I mean by looking at the trail map. Also, near this intersection, we did see an incredible display of huge hawks soaring just above us, it was an awesome sight for sure. I gave the trail a "2" because of the actual trail, not what is offered here in beauty. I will try this place again and try the road deep in to the canyon. Have fun!

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Brian Kordansky
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This is a very interesting trail. The pros are beautiful views from the top of the mesa and a not overly strenuous route. The cons all have to do with the east side of the loop. I started to travel east on the loop and chickened out when I couldn't find a trail that I could safely navigate. It appeared to me that the counterclockwise route at least at the onset is not safe in my opinion. Maybe hiking with someone who has traversed that side of the loop before would make a difference. No prob, I'll just go clockwise and make my way. While somewhat undeveloped with loose rock this part of the trail IS undoubtedly navigable (a/o today's date). The trip up is moderately strenuous, but nothing compared to many of the 'hard' hikes in the Tonto, Superstitions or around the valley. There are many cairns and although I did get off track a little for the most part the trail was ok to follow. The top of the Mesa and the views of the Salt River Canyon, 4 Peaks and the high mountains to the East are spectacular. I began to descend thinking that the side of the loop that I first tried would be easier to navigate coming from a different direction. I was able to follow the trail to the start of the descent into the Salt River Canyon, but again could not find a safe way down. Before writing this review I had a look at the recordings of other hikers. It appears I am not the only one who had some of the same issues. Take a look and remember that traveling the way I did (3/4 of the loop and back) was still really fun, but it is a much longer hike than advertised. One last note. After dropping off the Mesa retracing the trail down the way I came up, there is a saddle with many cairns leading to the peak to the West of Black Cross Peak. If your intent is to go down and you are following that path you are not going the right way. Again, looking at the recordings I am by no means the only hiker to make this mistake. This is a fun hike with some very pretty terrain and views. Please be safe (and smart), take plenty of water, a map, snacks, GPS and let someone know where you are at.

Linda Payan
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Adventures are awesome. We traveled to the medicine wheel, saw an owl, explored the area. Will return to the cave and to the see the views of Salt River. The heat is arriving and this trail requires a map. A great adventure!!!

Jordan Hancock
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Great view, a few technical parts but nothing worse than flatiron

Drew Mohr
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Kris Tharp
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Dick Dalton
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Dennis Allen
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Dick Dalton
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David Hulka
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Thomas Hanes
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David Hulka
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Ivan Urek
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David Lowry
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David Hulka
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Dick Dalton
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