Photo by Scott Verschoor

Splitting his time between Chicago and Carefree, avid road cyclist and hiker Scott Verschoor makes it a point to climb Black Mountain at least once a week whenever he is in Arizona.

Boasting an elevation of 3,400 feet, Black Mountain is one of the higher summits in the area, providing jaw-dropping views from a very unique vantage point. Its trail’s 1.1-mile hike to the summit from the parking area also makes it one of the most accessible.

“I often try a sunrise or sunset hike,” Verschoor says. “I love the way the mountain and skyline look at different times of the day. I am still in awe of the desert.”

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