Black Canyon Trail - Trail, Black Canyon City, Arizona

Black Canyon Trail - Trail, Black Canyon City, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

A world-class multi-user trail system under development in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills of central Arizona. A few miles of the original trail are currently shared by motorized and non-motorized users. The non-motorized, single-track trail under construction is designed for use by equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers. It is approximately 78 miles long, stretching from the Carefree Highway (AZ Highway 74), northward along the base of the Bradshaw Mountains, beyond highway 69 near the town of Mayer to the Prescott National Forest. There will be ten trailheads conveniently spaced to allow easy access. Several loop trails will provide short duration excursions for users with limited time. Trail users are constantly rewarded with breathtaking scenic vistas and glimpses of the varied historical activities that have echoed through these hills.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 28, 2013]
MikeLee777
Cross Country Rider

Seen this ranked as one of top 10 trails in US, and #1 trail for AZ. Over 62 miles of trails stretching from Meyer, AZ to Anthem. Stretching along the Bradshaw mountains to the west if I17.
All of this trail is wonderfully constructed, super, super nice flow, very well engineered to follow the natural line of the mountains,
BOTTOM LINE > LOVE IT

As others have noted, nothing really tech here, but there is a bunch of exposure, 50-200ft. drops all over the place, Trail is 18-24 wide, if your good with that, then you can see some sites, everywhere you looks it's like a picture

HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND BCT

Customer Service

My favorite ride is to start at Black Canyon City, jump on trail and do Little Pan Loop, this can be done of of Black Canyon City or Table Mesa.
Another fav is to drop cars at Table Mesa, and then have shuttle (Gnarley) pick you up and drop you off on Highway 69 up near Mayer AZ. It's about a 25 mile jaunt back to Table Masa.

Similar Products Used:

Deems Rec area and Sonoran (Preserve and North)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 27, 2012]
Scott
Cross Country Rider

This is an awsome trail network. The trail its self is great and the scenery is epic. Mountain views in all directions. One note I'd like to ad that I havent seen in the other reviews is that although this is only a beginner to intermediate level trail in terms of how technical it is, there are sections that have a lot of exposure. Certain sections do skirt along the edge of 50' to 100' shear cliff faces so although the trail is relatively easy, the consequences are severe if you make a mistake. Again, this is only in a few relatively short ( 50' long) legs of the trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 16, 2012]
JoKer
Cross Country Rider

Rode three different legs of the Black Canyon trail from the Emerson trailhead up to Black Canyon City. What a great trail! So much effort went in to making this and it is a real gem. Not too much elevation gain but it was well thought out and really rolls nicely through the mountains east of Lake Pleasant.

Customer Service

Emerson trailhead up to Table Mesa and then up to Black Canyon City.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 15, 2011]
ltk1144
Cross Country Rider

The trails great. I can't speak for any of the farther north parts but they seem similar to what Ive riddden. I start at emery henderson trailhead and go north. Can't wait until I get to ride top to bottom.

Similar Products Used:

Deem Hills

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 20, 2011]
Cross Country Rider

This trail is a jem. As with any sport just the setting can make for an unbelievable experience. My girlfriend on a hardtail and I on a full suspension both had a great time. The agua fria and the cactus show! what a beautiful start off the rock spring exit, wished it could go on forever. Great multi use trail that would have been great to trail run as well. Living in the mountains I have really appreciated lower elevation mountain biking. Glad to be biking already this year in Flagstaff and Sedona and soon Telluride as well.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 05, 2011]
rshalit
Cross Country Rider

(also posted on the mtbikeaz.com website) This is among the finest trails anywhere I’ve ridden, and I’ve been on quite a few around the country (from Santa Barbara, Sierra Nevada incl. Downieville, Tahoe, Hole-in-the-Ground), Moab, Sedona, National, New Hampshire, Vermont, to Guanajuato, all of which I love, but BCT is up there with my top 2 or 3…..) – thank you so much IMBA and local trailbuilders – it boggles my mind thinking how much time went into this, and how did all those people get together for so long?! Anyway, I figured out why and where folks above stating they got confused, and here’s how it goes:
I started at BCT trailhead just off Exit 242. I went right at the loop fork (obvious.) The problem was at where on “Dale’s Map” the “F” appears – that F is about a mile past the river crossing at around 11 miles from trailhead. After crossing the river (rideable today) head south on sand for 100 ft and then head left – find the BCT sign and head up, still heading South. After a mile or so, come to the intersection, where sharp left heads back North on the loop, and right goes to Table Mesa Rd. (another 1.5 miles), which I took, then turned around and finished the loop and back to BCT trailhead. The other slightly confusing place came at the “G” on Dale’s Map – after coming down singletrack to jeep road, go right on sand and then find the bike tracks to left in about 50 ft., and cross the river, head left (West) until finding the BCT sign again. Otherwise, no problems. I couldn’t get Dale’s Map to print properly, so that didn’t help much – it came out about 2? x 3?…. My GPS logged 4 hours of movement time, 2 hours of pause time. About 3100 ft. of climbing total. This is an incredibly gorgeous place, and relatively wild – following a river through the desert mountains and canyon, and after 3 daze of riding the humbling National Trail on South Mountain, Phoenix, what a sweet, barely technical, perfectly built to IMBA specs ride!
I’ve met so many great folks riding here, and the mtbikeaz.com is the best I’ve seen. Thank you Arizona – I shall return as often as possible!

Customer Service

(see above)

Similar Products Used:

South Mountain - all of it - but be prepared to be humbled by the technical challenges. Also nice not as technical also in Phoenix, are the Phoenix Mountains. Not in the "area", but not to be missed: Sedona.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 19, 2010]
UTXC
Cross Country Rider

Last Thursday I rode this trail from the Black Canyon trailhead to the Little Pan Loop and back, about 18 miles. I was amazed at how well a trail can be designed, no Granny gear grunts, no drops, just pure climbing and descenting with a couple of challenging technical areas. Can not wait to ride from Table Mesa trailhead and do Little Pan Loop.

Customer Service

Ride both directions to really appreciate this well built trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 29, 2010]
Jeff
Cross Country Rider

Impressively cut trail in the middle of nowhere. Think of it as Desert Classic with a bit more variety and elevation change. Sadly, the lack of a true loop structure to this trail ensures eventual calamity on several of the narrow, high trails that are bidirectional. Not National, but definitely worth the 45 minute haul from downtown.

Customer Service

Wish you could do this ride without retracing your tracks? If only there was a local shuttle to take you from the southern portion of the "lollipop" at Table Mesa back to your car at Rock Springs. Enter James. War veteran and ex-cabbie from Phoenix, seventy year old James lives in Black Canyon City and will do that very shuttle for a small fee. Reach him on his cell at 623-330-3327.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 09, 2010]
gilamonsteroutback
Cross Country Rider

This is a gem of a trail system. I have ridden a portion of the Bumble Bee segment south (that day earned me 13 stitches to the left leg-it was me, NOT the trail), Rock Springs south to Table Mesa, and Little Pan Loop. The layout is great, climbing grades are sweet, downhills flowy and fun, portions are like one giant pump track. My favorite stretch so far has been the "Cheap Shot" segment, Rock Springs to Table Mesa. You can make this a loop if you ride Table Mesa Road to I-17 and shuttle back to Rock Springs. Aside from the above, what makes this trail system great is that I have had the trails to myself - on Bumble Bee and Little Pan, I did not see any other trail users. On the Cheap Shot segment, I passed two riders headed in the opposite direction. Also, the trails are in immaculate condition, unlike some of the "over-loved" trails in the Valley. Get out there and ride it, you will NOT be disappointed!

Customer Service

Cheap Shot Segment, Rock Springs south.

Similar Products Used:

Hawes, McDowell Competitive Loops, Pass Mountain Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 27, 2010]
Briano
Cross Country Rider

Rode from Black Canyon City down to top of Little Pan Loop. Great ride with spring flowers and still water in Agua Fria. Nice vistas. NOthing too technical or too steep, but it is a good long trail that mixes it up with variety. Lots of fun. I have done some of the lower sections and this was much better

Customer Service

start at black canyon city - follow the maps online.

Similar Products Used:

Areas on same trail north and south of Black Canyon City

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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