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From: kathleen tucker <[address removed]>Date: October 4,[masked]:49:23 PM MSTTo: [address removed]Cc: kathleen tucker <[address removed]>Subject: Saturday October 9,[masked] am, Black Mesa Loop, Superstition WildernessSorry I'm new:) I might have sent this to you at the wrong address. Below is all the info. Max is 15 people in a group per FS requirements. Can you please post? I have done Garden Valley Loop quite a few time and Black Mesa just this past spring.thanks.Kathleen Tucker"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
-- Dr. SeussThis hike is rated easy to moderateThis hike starts as First Water Trailhead and follows the Second Water Trail (236) east to Garden Valley. From Garden Valley, the Black Mesa Trail (241) heads southeast up and over Black Mesa descending into West Boulder Canyon. From West Boulder Canyon you go west on Dutchman's Trail (104), over Parker Pass back to First Water Trailhead. THere are forest of Cholla Cactus, spectacular views of Weavers Needle and BAttleship Mountain. Bring plenty of water, food (snacks and lunch) for the trail, cameras, and sun protection of some sort. When you RSVP, let me know if you're going to meet at the carpool location or at the trailhead.DISTANCE: 9 miles round tripSuggested carpool location: 7:15 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.
ELEVATION GAIN: 900 ft
TRAIL STYLE: loop style
DURATION: 5 hours
DOGS: Yes if leashed.
WEBSITE: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5163340.pdf - the first trailhead (TH) in the lower left cornerDIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: Drive east on US 60 towards Apache Jct. Exit 196 drive north one mile on Idaho Road to SR88. Turn right on SR88 then drive approximately 3.5 miles north to road 78 near mile marker 200. Turn right and follow this road approximately 3 miles. Note: horse trailers parking are on the left 0.5 miles before reaching the main trailhead. We'll meet at 8 am at trailhead.