Black Mesa Loop

Apache Junction, Arizona 85190

Black Mesa Loop

Black Mesa Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A moderate but lengthy loop, this combination of three popular trails takes visitors through the stunning foothills of the Superstition Wilderness. Notable sights include Weaver’s Needle, Black Mesa, the Goldfield Mountains, and a variety of desert flora and unique rock formations.

This loop hike takes visitors through these beautiful yet mysterious foothills, offering glimpses of the major landmarks associated with the Lost Dutchman’s legend and mentioned on supposed treasure maps. Stumbling upon lost treasure is unlikely, but this hike will certainly delight your senses. Begin your hike from the popular First Water Trailhead, at the northern terminus of Dutchman’s Trail."

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Trail Information

Apache Junction
Nearby City
470 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Park open 6 a.m.–8 p.m. (till 10 p.m. Friday–Saturday); trail closes at sunset
2,290 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,760 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Goldfield; USFS Superstition Wilderness (see
Local Maps

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Dec 2018