Black Canyon Trail (BCT) - IMBA EPIC
ElevationAscent: 3,897' 1,188 m
Descent: -6,640' -2,024 m
High: 4,351' 1,326 m
Low: 1,608' 490 m
GradeAvg 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.
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.
Detailed section descriptions start at the south end with mtbproject.com/trail/704520…
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.
Local Club: Black Canyon Trail Coalition
Apr 6, 2019: Trail Work Day April 13th, 2019
Mar 19, 2019: Trail Run on the Copper Mt Loop
Land Manager: BLM Arizona - Hassayampa Field Office