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Black Mesa Loop & Aylor's Arch - Superstition Mountains

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Apr 14 7:00AM - 10:00AM

Might be a bit toasty for some, but Sue, Paul and I (Letlet) are planning to do Black Mesa Loop out in the Superstition Mountains on Saturday. To make it a bit more challenging (as though that wasn't enough), we will climb up to Aylor's Arch, as well. This is a strong hike offering. It will come in at around 11 miles. Lots of accumulated elevation gain, and plenty of spectacular views.

Here's a couple of helpful links to whet your appetite:

https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=11

https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=226

Length: 11 miles +/- Round Trip

Rating/Difficulty: Moderately Difficult depending on skill level. Please assess your abilities, or make inquiry if you have any questions.

Accumulated Elevation Gain: In excess of 1500 feet.

Hiking Time: Expect around 5 and 1/2 to 6 and a 1/2 hours for this hike depending on the group.

What To Bring: Please bring plenty of water (at least three liters) and nutritious snacks. We will break for lunch/snacks along the route. As always, bring good shoes, hats, sunscreen, cameras, etc.

Note: There is no water at the trailhead. There is a restroom.

Carpool Location: 6:15 AM at the Home Depot at Power and US 60. Go east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd. exit 187. Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road. Then turn left, toward Home Depot, at the second driveway. Park in the southwest corner of the lot, behind Burger King. The Home Depot address is 6838 E Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa, AZ 85208.

Directions to the Trailhead: Take US 60 towards Apache Junction and exit onto Idaho Rd. AZ 88, exit 196 and go left (north). At the point Idaho and AZ 88 split (just beyond Main St./Apache Trail), follow AZ 88 northeast (slight right) about 6 miles or so to First Water Rd. (just beyond the entrance to the Lost Dutchman State Park) and turn right. Follow this dirt road (passable by passenger car, but SUV or better is recommended) for 2.6 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. If there is no parking available there, please park in the overflow/horse trailer lot 1/2 mile back down the road.

For those coming down the 101 to the 202, it is suggested that you exit at Brown Road (also known as Lost Dutchman Blvd. in Apache Junction), rather than going down to US 60, and take it east about 5 miles to AZ 88. From there, turn left, and head to the First Water turnoff just beyond the Lost Dutchman State Park.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please state whether you will meet at the carpool location or the trailhead. You are responsible for yourself in this regard. There is no guarantee that anyone will be at the carpool location. If no one has indicated they will be at the carpool spot, please consider proceeding to the trailhead.

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