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Black Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (3)

An exciting, long-distance singletrack experience through the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains.


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Map Key

77.7

Miles

125.0

KM

Point to Point

4,365' 1,330 m

High

1,604' 489 m

Low

4,411' 1,345 m

Up

7,172' 2,186 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The BCT is an overall descent from its beginning at Prescott National Forest to its terminus at the Carefree Highway.

The northern reaches vary from open and rolling desert to small canyons. The middle sections from Bumble Bee to the Table Mesa trailhead offer the most dramatic scenery and the most adventurous hiking. From the Black Canyon trailhead south to the bottom of Little Pan, expect multiple crossings of the Agua Fria River.

The southern section of the BCT is mellow with a gradual descent. Many people stop at Emery Henderson trailhead as the section between there and the Carefree Highway is flat and uninteresting compared to the rest of the route.

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Kristen Arendt

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Photos

High above the Agua Fria River on the K-Mine South segment of the BCT.
Dec 3, 2018 near Black C…, AZ
High above the Agua Fria River on the K-Mine South segment of the BCT.
Dec 3, 2018 near Black C…, AZ
Looking up the Agua Fria. The river was sinking at this point, allowing a dry crossing just downstream.
Mar 26, 2019 near Black C…, AZ
Runners during the 2015 Black Canyon 100K.
Feb 11, 2016 near Black C…, AZ

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Dec 28, 2017
John Enright
Did an out and back from Rock Springs to the Agua Fria river and went down to Gillette.
Jun 10, 2016
Rickey Robison Jr.
Geologically awesome rockhounders dream 36mi