Black Mesa Loop Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Black Mesa Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Apache Junction, 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.

8.9 miles
1072 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers


10 days ago

2nd outing

27 days ago

We took this trail counter-clockwise. The first half in was amazing. The moss is so beautiful. Some stones had up to 5 different types of moss. And there were pools with minnows in them! I played in the pools for nearly 45 mins before my boyfriend said we had to get moving since we had really just barely begun our hike. Nearly half way through and we started wondering if we were ever going to start looping back because it felt never-ending. It is a cool feeling to be out there so deep though, maybe lost. There are long periods of walking through flat boring desert and it really makes the hike uninteresting and leaves you wishing it were over. There were a lot of dead cacti though and a dead cactus looks pretty neat. Also found some pretty quartz. The white rock is cool too. Also stumbled upon an area covered by trees but it was like a big room inside. It was quite enchanting.

1 month ago

Per several reviews we hiked this clockwise. Took us about 4hrs hike time and another hour just enjoying the views. Very knowledgeable Rangers at the Trailhead that answer any questions. Trail had a little bit of everything and the views are spectacular. Take extra water and enjoy!!

2 months ago

Long hard trail.

9 months ago

Loved this trail. A beautiful cool day. Although long, the trail was easy and the landscapes varied. At every turn there were beautiful views. Blooming flowers and wildlife

10 months ago

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!

11 months ago

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!!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

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.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Loved this trail...
Beautiful scenery of the classic desert southwest...
Took us 7hrs to complete, but we made plenty of stops for picture taking...

Monday, March 28, 2016

Great trial but I clocked 10.7 miles not 9.3

Sunday, February 28, 2016

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.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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.

Friday, March 21, 2014

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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.

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