Black Mesa Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tortilla Flat, Arizona 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.
dogs on leash
We covered all these connecting trails as part of a backpacking adventure (thus covered this loop counter-clockwise). The Dutchman trail was easy and enjoyable and the view kept getting better and better, view of Weaver's Needle and Palomino Mtn at approx. 2.5 - 3 mile in.
There are a few camping spots where Dutchman trail meets Black Mesa trail (approx. 4 mile in). Turning left, Black Mesa trail is an incline about 1 mile but the view is fantastic! The highlight of this trail. Turn back and soak in the views if you are completing this trail counterclockwise (I recommend clockwise loop if you want to avoid the incline). Very little shade so please take lots of water and snacks!
This trail is beautiful. Saw a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake crossing the trail. There were many Collared lizards. Take plenty of water. Detailed review to follow.
9.2. Great day, lots of sunshine and wild flowers. Took about 41/2 hours. We did the loop clockwise and I'd recommend going that direction. ☀️☀️☀️. Take plenty of water!!!
5 hours going counter-clockwise. Beautiful views on an overcast cool day. Loose rocks on some of the trail can be a bit treacherous; sturdy hikers and plenty of water is a must. Lots of various Weavers Needle poses throughout hike.
Great hike. Went counter clock wise and enjoyed views of Weaver's Needle. The terrain was very diverse from wash bottoms to side slopes. Veiws were stunning.
Loved this trail...
Beautiful scenery of the classic desert southwest...
Took us 7hrs to complete, but we made plenty of stops for picture taking...
Great trial but I clocked 10.7 miles not 9.3