Black Top Mesa from First Water TH

Dutchman’s & Second Water Trail Loop

On March 9, 2022 Kim and I hiked to Black Top Mesa from the First Water trailhead via Dutchman’s and Bull Pass trails. This was a long walk for us (~12.5 mi) but offered stunning views of Weaver’s Needle from the north, which we had not seen before. The climb up to the top was steep but the trail was fairly easy to navigate. We returned to the trailhead via the Black Mesa and Second Water trails. There were many more cacti no the trail back. Fun hike. Details are below.

Overview Map

The extent of this walk is highlighted by the blue box in this map.

Map Key

See Superstition Wilderness Overview page for segment color coding key and description for use of controls.

Walk-Specific Map

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  • Numeric labels correspond to the same labels in the elevation profile and summary information below.

Elevation Profile

Images

GPX Download

A sanitized GPX file of our hike is here.

Summary Information

NUM trackID Primary Description Type Owner Distance CumDist DeltaElev
1 BMSA01 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) First Water TH parking to Second Water Tr (236) NA Public 0.29 0.29 -53
2 BMSA02 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) Second Water Tr (236) to Tim's Saddle Tr NA Public 2.31 2.60 428
3 BMSA03 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) Tim's Saddle Tr to W Boulder Canyon Tr NA Public 1.24 3.84 -297
4 BMSA04 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) W Boulder Canyon Tr to Black Mesa Tr (241) NA Public 0.54 4.39 -66
5 BMSA05 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) Black Mesa Tr (241) to Boulder Canyon Tr (103) NA Public 0.20 4.59 5
6 BMSA06 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) Boulder Canyon Tr (103) to leave Dutchman's Tr / start Bull Pass Tr NA Public 0.11 4.71 1
7 BMSA07 Black Mesa Hike (Bull Pass Tr 129) leave Dutchman's Tr / start Bull Pass Tr to leave Bull Pass Tr / Black Top Mesa Tr NA Public 0.58 5.28 423
8 BMSA08 Black Mesa Hike (Black Top Mesa Tr) leave Bull Pass Tr / start Black Top Mesa Tr to Black Top Mesa NA Public 0.72 6.00 628
9 BMSA08 Black Mesa Hike (Black Top Mesa Tr) Black Top Mesa to leave Bull Pass Tr / start Black Top Mesa Tr NA Public 0.72 6.72 -628
10 BMSA07 Black Mesa Hike (Bull Pass Tr 129) leave Bull Pass Tr / Black Top Mesa Tr to leave Dutchman's Tr / start Bull Pass Tr NA Public 0.58 7.30 -423
11 BMSA06 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) leave Dutchman's Tr / start Bull Pass Tr to Boulder Canyon Tr (103) NA Public 0.11 7.41 -1
12 BMSA05 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) Boulder Canyon Tr (103) to Black Mesa Tr (241) NA Public 0.20 7.62 -5
13 BMSA10 Black Mesa Hike (Black Mesa Tr 241) leave Dutchman's Tr / start Black Mesa Tr to leave Black Mesa Tr / start Second Water Tr NA Public 3.07 10.69 122
14 BMSA11 Black Mesa Hike (Second Water Tr 236) leave Black Mesa Tr / start Second Water Tr to Hackberry Springs Tr [North] NA Public 0.74 11.43 -176
15 BMSA12 Black Mesa Hike (Second Water Tr 236) Hackberry Springs Tr [North] to Hackberry Springs Tr [South] NA Public 0.60 12.03 -26
16 BMSA13 Black Mesa Hike (Second Water Tr 236) Hackberry Springs Tr [South] to Dutchman's Tr (104) NA Public 0.19 12.23 12
17 BMSA01 Black Mesa Hike (Dutchman's Tr 104) Second Water Tr (236) to First Water TH parking NA Public 0.29 12.52 53