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

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Hiking, Photography, Running

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Spring, Autumn, Winter

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2.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1165 Feet


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