Black Mountain is located in Cave Creek, Arizona, north of Scottsdale, Arizona. Despite being more than 10 miles outside of the main residential areas of the Phoenix suburbs, it is quite popular. Reaching the summit is easy, albeit steep. From the parking area, it is just over 1.1 miles to the summit, gaining over 1,200'. When viewing the mountain from the east, it is easy to tell how it got its name. The top of the mountain is tinted black.
Part of its appeal is that it is one of the higher summits in the Phoenix suburbs; and perhaps the most accessible above 3,000'. This height provides excellent views from a unique vantage point.
The best time to hike Black Mountain is between the months of October and April. Late spring and summer is generally very hot; and temperatures can exceed 100+ degrees.