Mesa AZ: Valley of the Sun Chapter, Dutchman-Black Mesa Hike

Apr 01, 2022 8:00AM—1:00PM


First Water Trailhead - N First Water Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119. Directions: From Apache Junction take Hwy 88 ¼ mile past Lost Dutchman State Park. Turn right onto First Water road (this is a dirt road but does not require 4x drive). Follow appx 2 miles to the end of the road. Park in the big parking lot and meet at the Forest Service Kiosk.

Cost None

Event Contact Tina Strickler | Email


The hike will depart from the First Water Trailhead, walking counter clockwise. We will start on the Dutchman Trail to the Black Mesa Trail and then return to the Trailhead on the Second Water Trail. You will be rewarded near the half-way point with an amazing view of the back side of Weaver’s Needle. It is a trail you will want to come back to after a spring rain where you will cross the creek a number of times. The hike is rated moderate with one longer climb on the Black Mesa Trail. Trail is fairly rocky and overgrown in some areas but navigable. This is a beautiful hike that combines distance with gradual elevation gain to prepare for a camino. You can read more about it here:

BRING: Sturdy walking shoes, water (at least 2 liters), a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks/lunch if desired. Walking sticks are not required but recommended.

Total distance: 9 miles moderate (no shade)

Elevation gain: 1220 ft

Time: 5 hours due to climb, snack/lunch break and photo opps.

Please stay home if you are sick or not feeling well. If you are not vaccinated, bring face coverings, like masks or buff/bandanas, to wear upon arrival at the Trail Head.

If running late day of hike, call your hike leader @ 480-290-0354.