Backpacker

BLACK TOP MESA, ARIZONA

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Waking up to a bird’s- eye view of the very best of the Superstiti­ons— Weavers Needle, Battleship Mountain, Geronimo Head, and Black Mesa Mountain spread out in a semi- circle from north to south—will make the front country feel farther away than it is. ( The petroglyph­s in the area add to the immersive feeling.) Given that, it’s easy to forget that most of the 5.7-mile hike in was a breeze through wild oats and all manner of cacti from the Dutchman trailhead, though the final gain of 1,000 feet in a mile is likely to stick in your memory. Camp in an impacted spot near the summit and rest assured that backcountr­y depth is more a feeling than a distance.

TRAILHEAD 33.4801, -111.4431 GET HERE Follow State Route 88 to the turn for Service Road 78 and follow it to the end. PERMIT None CONTACT www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

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Weavers Needle is a short distance from the top of Black Top Mesa.

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