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Trail

77.5 mile 124.8 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,897' 1,188 m
Descent: -6,640' -2,024 m
High: 4,351' 1,326 m
Low: 1,608' 490 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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

Leslie Kehmeier

Bureau of Land Management Treasures

One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, this trail was developed between The Black Canyon Trails Coalition, IMBA and the Hassayampa, AZ BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences.

Check out the top 20 BLM Backyard to Backcountry rides!


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Overview

The Black Canyon Trail (BCT) is a long-distance singletrack that runs from the boundary of the Prescott National Forest, across Highway 69 south to the Carefree Highway.

The trail parallels Interstate 17 and offers a variety of experiences through the Sonoran Desert landscape, including saguaro forests and rugged canyons. Most of the route is flanked to the west by the Bradshaw Mountains.

Need to Know

Due to its length, the BCT is often broken into segments and can be accessed from multiple trailheads along the route. Depending on your vehicle situation, both out-and-back rides and point-to-point routes are possible.

Detailed section descriptions start at the south end with mtbproject.com/trail/704520…

Description

The BCT is an overall descent from its beginning at Prescott National Forest to its terminus at the Carefree Highway. The majority of riders skip the section north of Hwy 69 and start with the Big Bug segment heading south.

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 riding. 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.

History & Background

The BCT was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2008. The Black Canyon Trail Coalition has been instrumental in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the trail.

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Nov 11, 2018
PJ Garadis
Oct 25, 2018
Justin Lowry
Awesome trail, slightly overgrown at the moment, but still great 77.7mi
May 5, 2018
Mike Kortas
21mi
May 3, 2018
Matt Hage
Connected to Little Pan Trail for loop — 2h 00m
Apr 22, 2018
Jake Tran
55mi
Apr 8, 2018
Ashelee Weeks
Apr 7, 2018
Ashelee Weeks
Mar 25, 2018
Nils-Erik Hilliard

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