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Black Top Mesa - Superstition Wilderness

Accumulated Elevation Gain: 2000 feet



Distance: 11 miles round trip



Rating: Moderately difficult

 

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. THIS IS A DIFFICULT HIKE.

The plan is to proceed at a steady pace, with no 
intention of getting the group separated for any 
length of time. We'll try to accommodate 
everyone's natural pace. We'll regather at 
critical points along the way at the very least. 
Hopefully someone will volunteer as a sweeper.

Our Path: Starting at First Water Trailhead, we go 
to along the Dutchman Trail to the junction of 
Black Mesa Trail and keep going up a 500 foot hill
to Bull Pass. From there we go up a light trail 
another 700 feet to the top of Black Top Mesa.

By the way, Black Mesa is a large lava flow, and 
Black Top Mesa is an elliptical mountain which 
appears to be made out of Apache Tuff, but is 
topped with a lava flow. Some older maps and 
literature refer to Black Top Mesa as Black Mesa, 
which can be confusing.

Black Top Mesa has the second best view of the 
west end of the range.

Black Top Mesa is a central point of interest in 
the saga of the Lost Dutchman legend.It is also 
the location of the so-called Spanish 
Hieroglyphics. It is also the location of 
possible native petroglyphs. It is also the 
possible location of some unusual geology that 
makes this spot special. There are also various 
accounts of mine shafts sunk in from the side, 
apparently trying to tunnel in underneath the 
spot with the markings, which is at the peak 
point.

There are several accounts of the Spanish 
markings. One book says they were put here when 
a movie was made in 1947. Another author said he 
bumped into a prospector in 1940 who said the 
markings were there at least as early as 1910.

All things considered this might be a situation 
such that the petroglyphs are authentic, and the 
Spanish markings are authentic and date back to 
the mid 1800's.

The key to all of this is the geology. Might it 
be possible that both the Apaches and the Mexicans 
thought this place was unusual, for different 
reasons?

Here is another point to ponder: If people were 
really mining in this area by the early/mid 1800's, 
they would need some sort of base point to survey 
and navigate the range. Weaver's Needle is the 
obvious spot, but it is hard to get to. The peak
of Black Top Mesa works almost as well, and it is 
easy to get there.

Well behaved dogs are always welcome however if 
your dog growls, bites, lunges, etc. at other 
dogs and or people or is otherwise illbehaved I must 
ask you to leave your puppy home out of respect 
for your fellow hikers this is not a training 
class......



Directions: Take US60 East to the Idaho (US88) exit. Turn left and go north on Idaho. Turn right on SR88 (Apache Trail) and continue about 6 miles or so then turn right on First Water Rd. (next right after entrance to Lost Dutchman State Park) and follow it to the end of the road. First Water Rd. is dirt and in some places has washboards but is passable by car just drive slowly. Just prier to the trailhead you will pass overflow parking on your left in case you need to use it.



Car pool location: 7:45 AM Home Depot parking lot, off of Power Road and Superstition Springs, south of 60. Park on the south side of the parking lot, across from the main entrance. We will leave promptly at 8:00 AM!

BRING AT LEAST 100 OUNCES OF WATER, AND A HEADLAMP 
JUST IN CASE. THERE (probably) WON'T BE WATER ALONG THE ROUTE. 

Good Idea: Begin to HYDRATE at least an hour 
BEFORE the hike. Bring a snack. Bring some electrolytic 
beverage to help rebalance yourself.

If you plan to carpool from Home Depot add it to your RSVP.

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  • Tom

    I've had those mysterious itches and rashes before. They usually just go away after 2-3 days. You might be sensitive to some bush or pollen. Try lavender oil or tea tree oil. And pray they aren't chigger bites.

    October 28, 2013

  • Debley

    Hey everyone, I developed a bright red rash on the inside of my ankles/shins. No itch, not bumpy, just blotchy mulberry marks. Anyone else get it or have any ideas? (Great hike, btw!)

    October 27, 2013

    • Christina

      Hi Deb, nothing like that for me. Christina

      October 28, 2013

  • Christina

    beautiful

    October 27, 2013

  • Al

    Great hike, Thanks Tom.

    October 27, 2013

  • Louis

    Tom, Thank you very much for organizing the hike.

    October 27, 2013

  • joe s.

    Great job Tom, awesome people, awesome scenery

    October 27, 2013

  • Ryan L.

    What an awesome hike that was and Tom, thank you! I am excited to go back to the Superstitions. Good job 3H!

    October 26, 2013

  • Tom

    Great hike with great people.

    October 26, 2013

  • Sarah

    Loved it! Beautiful views some cool breezes, met some really nice people, and enjoyed catching up wih some old hiking buddies! Thanks Tom, very enjoyable hike!

    October 26, 2013

  • Rosie

    woke up with sniffles, sorry

    October 26, 2013

  • Rosie

    Unfortunately woke up with sniffles ( ???) I was really looking forward to going and meeting you all.Next time.Have a great hike.

    October 26, 2013

  • Lynn

    Sorry guys, I'm not going to make it. Have a great hike!

    October 26, 2013

  • Debley

    Will meet at carpool unless someone is coming from 101 and Raintree area, and could pick me up?

    October 22, 2013

    • Debley

      Ok terry,,,I think there is only the one walmart around 101 and FLW.....is that the one?

      October 24, 2013

    • Debley

      All a go and on my way over now

      October 26, 2013

  • Don

    Will meet at trailhead.

    October 26, 2013

  • Sarah

    See you all at the trailhead

    October 25, 2013

  • Louis

    I will meet you at the trailhead tomorrow morning at 8:30

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will meet you all at trailhead.

    October 25, 2013

  • Louis

    I will be at the car pool meeting spot at 7:45

    October 24, 2013

  • Tom

    Meet for carpool 7:45 at Burger King to leave at 8:00. Meet at the trail head at 8:30 for departure soon after.

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just signed up and want to confirm the time. The confirmation email I received says "11:30-2:30" But I know the meet time says 0830 at Burger King. It's 0830 right? Thanks!

    October 24, 2013

  • Christina

    meet at carpool.....

    October 22, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    Will bring my lab max, friendly and trail trained

    October 15, 2013

  • Patricia

    I'll be at carpool too.

    October 15, 2013

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