Features: Views — Waterfall — Wildlife
This trail incorporates the Black Rock Short , Black Rock Long, and Waterfall Trail
into one efficient route. These well mantained interpretive loops allow you to tack on a bit of mileage in half mile or full mile increments depending on how your feeling and your distance goals. This particular route begins at the Black Rock Loop trailhead. Shortly after leaving the trailhead, you'll cross the road and pick up the Black Rock Loop trails. Take the first left and complete the Black Rock Short loop. Swing back around to the west and head back up the trail with a small hill covered with beautiful vegetation unique to the Sonoran Desert. This time, go straight past the Short Loop junction onto a section of the long loop and up to the Waterfall connector trail. Jump onto the connector trail, down into a wash and emerge from the other side. Welcome to the Waterfall Trail
. A left hand turn will guide you up to the "waterfall" which occasionally runs after heavy rains. The interpretive signs are very informative and great excuses for a quick breather. The trail terminates at the "waterfall". Whip a 180 and glide down to the Waterfall Trail
. Wave to the folks in the parking lot and head back up to the Waterfall connector trail. A left onto the connector trail, down the wash, back up and you'll soon be hanging a right to follow the Black Rock Long loop back to the beginning.
Keep your eyes peeled for mule deer, jackrabbits, hawks and of course rattlesnakes and cactus. These trails provide a great cross-section of all the Sonoran Desert has to offer.