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Black Canyon Trail

Average Rating:    (4.57 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

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.
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Latitude
34.05249052848948
Longitude
-112.1518063545227
Trail Length
62
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Black Canyon City
State/Territory/Province
AZ
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
January 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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4.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: MikeLee777 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deems Rec area and Sonoran (Preserve and North)



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Review Date
February 27, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Scott ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



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Review Date
February 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: JoKer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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



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Review Date
December 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ltk1144 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deem Hills



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Review Date
April 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rtaylor007@me.com ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



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