Black Mountain Trail

HARD 171 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
1213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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54 minutes 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.

21 hours 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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8 days 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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28 days ago

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

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1 month ago

Really hard trail! You’re definitely get your heart rate up. Very good cardio. View at the top is worth the hike! Truly amazing view!

1 month ago

Awesome hike!!

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1 month ago

awesome cardio

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1 month ago

Challenging but well worth the view at the top. The rocks are are ragged and pointy, so need be extra careful.

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1 month ago

Definitely one of my favorite hikes in Cave Creek. The views are amazing. It is a bit difficult on the way up and you need to watch your step coming down but its definitely worth it.

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1 month ago