Black Mesa

Black Canyon City, Arizona

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When you first see Black Mesa, a tall “mountain” just north of Black Canyon City, the idea of climbing to the top seems about as ambitious as climbing Squaw Peak in Phoenix without following the hiking trail. It’s a difficult trek, but the ruin at the summit has the best-preserved rooms and the tallest walls of any unreconstructed hilltop site in this book. The fort-like pueblo had thirteen rooms when it was built by the Hohokam sometime between A.D. 800 and 1150, according to Central Arizona Ecotone Project researchers who surveyed the site. When you visit the ruin, you’ll be pleased to find that nearly all the rooms remain basically intact. You’re sure to be awed by a great wall surrounding the site that in some areas reaches 12 feet in height.

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"When you first see Black Mesa, a tall “mountain” just north of Black Canyon City, the idea of climbing to the top seems about as ambitious as climbing Squaw Peak in Phoenix without following the hiking trail. It’s a difficult trek, but the ruin at the summit has the best-preserved rooms and the tallest walls of any unreconstructed hilltop site in this book.

The fort-like pueblo had thirteen rooms when it was built by the Hohokam sometime between A.D. 800 and 1150, according to Central Arizona Ecotone Project researchers who surveyed the site. When you visit the ruin, you’ll be pleased to find that nearly all the rooms remain basically intact. You’re sure to be awed by a great wall surrounding the site that in some areas reaches 12 feet in height."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Black Canyon City
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day Hike
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: USGS Black Canyon City
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Mesa

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10/15/2006
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This is a fun day hike, but it's a total "bushwack!" So few people go here that there really is no trail. Pull of the shoulder at the first dirt clearing you see after mile post 245, just outside of Black Canyon City (right before the guard rail starts on the right side. There is no trail head or trail so have fun... the ruins at the top are well worth the hike!



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