Hike Black Mountain

Rate this Adventure Arizona Black Mountain Summit Trail

Added by Zach Duncan

Discover amazing views on this short, yet intense, hike in the heart of Cave Creek, Arizona.

With a distance of only 2.5 miles round trip, this is a great hike to start off your day of exploring old town Cave Creek. Parking is not clearly designated for this hike, but there are a few different spots. After turning south on School House Road from Cave Creek Road, there is dirt parking at The Villas of Cave Creek. There is also parking further down School House Road, immediately passed the wash, on either side. Unfortunately, there is no parking near the trailhead so you will need to walk about 2/10 of a mile (already included in trail distance) further south.

Once you reach a trailhead sign with a short trail description you begin your adventure. "Steep, rocky, primitive trail" is the most accurate description of this hike. Recently, this trail has been marked fairly well with white spray paint making it easy for hikers, especially for a first-timers.

Most of this trail's elevation is gained in the first half of the ascent with a single false summit. The trail eases up a little bit towards the end. The views from the top are absolutely worth it, so don't stop until you get to the top!

Leave a comment of what you think about this trail, your best time, and/or old town Cave Creek!

Pack List

  • Water (32oz)
  • Sturdy trail shoes
  • DSLR camera
  • Fitness watch
  • Sunscreen
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1165 Feet

Features:

Food Nearby
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Zach Duncan

More Adventures Nearby

Winter Summit Humphreys Peak, Arizona

Arizona / Humphreys Peak

From Flagstaff, take US-180 west towards the Grand Canyon. Take US-180 for 7 miles until you reach Snow Bowl Rd.

Alex Anderson
1 Saves

Photograph Desert View Watchtower

Arizona / Desert View Visitor Center Trail

Desert View Watchtower is a 70-foot high stone tower located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Kyle Szegedi
1 Saves

Backpack the Bluff Springs Loop

Arizona / Peralta Trailhead

From the Peralta Trailhead, start hiking on Bluff Springs Trail.  This trail will wind over a few hills past incredible views, and then take you down into a wash.

Breanne McNitt
2 Saves