Black Mountain Trail

HARD 201 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

2 days ago

I've done this trail quite a few times.
This is will offer a great leg and glute workout.
Don't misstep on this trail, as the rocks are jagged and would do some crazy damage!
FYI many people miss the trail. Keep an open eye to the left soon after the asphalt ends.
If you take the rocky road, it will merge eventually, but I prefer the trail.
In my opinion, better than the Squaw Peak/camelback because of less traffic on and off trails.
Great view of four peaks and view back to Phx. Area. US flag at top!
It also feels like a lil getaway for a bit.
Grotto Cafe is the best place to grab something to eat/drink. Patio too and pup friendly.

hiking
14 days ago

Great views along the way! Super fun hike!

hiking
18 days ago

The views are worth the climb.

18 days ago

Love this tough hike the summit is worth the effort, views for miles...

hiking
18 days ago

Nice hike that makes you work a bit. Short, but nice and steep with a great view. Trail is well defined. Free parking, no facilities. Took our dogs and they did great, but it is rocky and could be really tough on paws if they aren't used to it.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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!

3 months ago

Awesome hike!!

hiking
3 months ago

awesome cardio

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

WOW! It was a difficult climb and coming down not much easier. But the payoff was great at the top. Met a few locals who come here 5-6 times a week, very helpful in their directions to follow the white dots on the trail. Will come and do it again for sure.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was both challenging and amazing at the same time. There IS a parking lot designated for hikers going up the mountain trail. Once your turn off Cave Creek Road, the parking lot will be ~100 yards down the street on the West side. You then have to walk a short ways up the street toward the mountain under to come to the “Begin” sign of the trail. The trail was pretty clearly laid out although there were a few areas that were a bit confusing (we figured out which way to go fairly quick). The views from the top were amazing, worth every step!

hiking
5 months ago

Short but sweet. Good workout on the way up. The American flag at the top was a great touch! Amazing 360 views of Scottsdale.

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