Arizona Hiking Gallery
Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop
Superstition Wilderness, AZ
December 19, 2004
Gallery contains 35 photos
Gallery last updated: 1/16/2005
Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 1
Lava formations seen from the Dutchman's Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 2
More lava outcroppings.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 3
Weavers Needle peaking above Parker Pass.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 4
View looking back from Parker Pass.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 5
With an Ocotillo in the foreground this is a view of the rugged terrain on the eastern side of Parker Pass.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 6
The trail heading down Parker Pass with Weavers Needle on the right.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 7
Weavers Needle, Agave, and Saguaro all reaching for the sky.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 8
Cliffs viewed from Dutchman's Trail in Boulder Basin.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 9
Bright yellow lichen add a brillant splash of color to volcanic rock.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 10
Weavers Needle seen from Boulder Basin.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 11
Prickly Pear Cactus in Boulder Basin.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 12
Here I leave the Dutchman's Trail and take a left onto the Black Mesa Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 13
Closeup of Saguaro Cactus trunk.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 14
Looking back toward Weavers Needle from the Black Mesa Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 15
Dried up Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha) in a sea of blue sky.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 16
Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha). A blooming event signals the eventual death of the agave plant.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 17
Chain Fruit Cholla.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 18
Closeup of Chain Fruit Cholla "fruit chain".

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 19
Sunlight illuminating Teddy Bear Cholla spines.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 20
Large Saguaro Cactus alongside Black Mesa Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 21
This is one giant cactus!

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 22
Reaching for the sky.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 23
This Saguaro has seen many battles evident by the many scars on its main trunk.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 24
Porous and hollow and cholla "bones" returning to mother earth.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 25
A towering Chain Fruit Cholla alongside near the top of Black Mesa Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 26
Weavers Needle as seen from the top of Black Mesa Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 27
A the top of Black Mesa Trail is a wonderful forest of cholla cactus.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 28
The hollow skeleton of a cholla cactus arm.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 29
The hollow skeleton of a cholla cactus arm.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 30
A band of Saguaro Cactus dot the hillside along the Black Mesa Trail. This view is looking northwest toward Garden Valley.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 31
A view of the hills across Garden Valley near the intersection of the Black Mesa and Second Water Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 32
I'm now at the northwest end of the Black Mesa Trail. From here I'll turn south onto Second Water Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 33
Pool of water along the Second Water Trail.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 34
Interesting slope of the land as the trail starts a small climb out of Garden Valley.

Dutchman's - Black Mesa Loop: Image 35
The loop is now complete. The trailhead is just a short distance down the Dutchman's Trail.

All images Copyright ©2004 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.