Black Mesa Loop Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews
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Black Mesa Loop Trail is a 8.7 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.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1069 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail - make sure to bring plenty of water as well as sunscreen, food, and the usual hiking attire. The trail is generally moderate with very few areas where you are actually climbing. We completed it in 4hr 40min with our dog along with us. Beautiful, dynamic views. The rangers at the trailhead were very helpful. Watch out, the dirt road to the trailhead is a little rough, but nothing a car cannot manage.

hiking
3 months ago

We finally were able to take this hike today. While it is long it is not terrible. We finished just shy of 5 hours with 2 water breaks and a lunch break. We went clockwise and glad we did. The trail offers many vistas and constantly changing vegetation. The section on top of Black Mesa has a lot of loose rock in the trail and some call it boring. We found the numerous cacti skeletons interesting and the grand vistas up the Weaver's Needle very enjoyable. The return section on Trail 104 has far more interesting topography, numerous creek crossings and more varied vegetation. A few points of advise

1. Lots of loose rock on the trail particularly the Black Mesa portion
2. Dropping off the Mesa into the creek is steep and slippery. I am glad we went down rather than up as it is a treacherous section
3. Make trail changes only at the trail markers. Where the Black Mesa trail and Lost Dutchman trail meet there are a number of paths in different directions which can easily cause confusion. Remember, CROSS the creek and do not go up the creek to stay on the trail .
4. Take water. We went thru 4 liters easily and needed more

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike - pretty country - GPS showed 9.3 miles - perfect weather - not many people - saw a couple big horn sheep which was cool - my 7 year old hiked it with us and had no problems.

4 months ago

Medium difficulty loop. Good for distance and 2 significant elevation changes. took three and a half hours to complete the loop. in the event you have never done it before take a picture of the map before you enter that way you know which way to turn at intersections.

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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!!

hiking
6 months ago

Long hard trail.

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

backpacking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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!

Monday, March 13, 2017

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

hiking
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

walking
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.

hiking
Sunday, January 24, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, March 21, 2014

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2012

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

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