Black Mountain Trail

HARD 180 reviews

Black Mountain Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1118 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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4 days ago

This was a nice hike. Although the beginning is boring and steep going up the paved road

10 days ago

Fun little hike. 2.2 miles round trip, took about 40 minutes each way at a moderate pace with stops for pictures. Moderate to strenuous. Pretty consistent incline the whole way, no scrambling or climbing. The first quarter mile is a paved road, then it becomes a narrow rocky trail. Similar in effort to Piestewa Peak, easier than Camelback, but far fewer people. Saw 15 people total on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Could hear a live band playing at a bar in Cave Creek all the way to the summit, which was fun. Gorgeous views the entire hike, especially at the summit, where you can see at least 40 miles in every direction. The American flag dedication at the summit is perfect. I really enjoyed this hike. It's a great destination just outside of the city if you only have a couple hours.

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23 days ago

A great get up and go early mountain hike for us! It's a little bit of a push with the short but big elevation gain, but totally worth every huff and puff for those views. It's amazing to me how many people get up there. I love this hike!

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24 days ago

If you like to push your hikes hard this one is more difficult than Squaw Peak.
The trail is narrower, fewer switchbacks and much rockier.
A fun calculated hike.
The approach is long and paved through a few homes.

25 days ago

Trail goes straight up the ridge to the top, then back the same way. Steep & challenging pretty much all the way. Moderate amount of other hikers on the weekend. Great views from the top.

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1 month ago

Black Mountain is a moderate to difficult trail located in Cave Creek. Parking is unconventional but is plentiful due to the strange nature of the trail head. I have had luck both parking at the small hotel just before the trail head as well as the dirt road slightly further in.

The trail itself is steep and primitive which adds a feeling of adventure, however this sense of adventure quickly dissipates when a 50 year old local goes cruising by you on his/her morning jog up the mountain. Overall it is an enjoyable hike that will provides an increased heart rate as well as basic path finding.

For those looking to hike in a more natural desert environment I suggest making the short trip up the road to Spur Cross. This wilderness area provides a lot more in the way of trail options and can even be taken into the beautiful Tonto National Forest.

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1 month ago

great hike, good climb if looking to sweat. the view is worth it in the end! Loved the hike!!