“A scenic tour of the Chupadera Mountains combined with technical singletrack.
— Rob Selina
The ride is a fun mix - it includes scenic jeep roads along with some technical singletrack and way-finding across an arroyo.
The Chupadera Crossing Jeep Trail
mostly consists of unimproved access roads to abandoned mines. The Black Canyon Trail
starts out as technical singletrack followed by an arroyo where you pick your own route. Some bushwhacking and way-finding should be expected.
Accessible year-round. Best ridden in the spring and fall. Avoid summer monsoons due to lightning risk on the ridge line.
Need to Know
Bring your climbing shoes and chalk. This loop passes popular bouldering problems and sport climbing routes. Be nice to the climbers - they usually have beer!
Head south from the shrine visible from Hwy 60, just before the Box Canyon turn off. Follow the gravel grinder for approximately three miles, then turn right on to Chupadera Crossing Jeep Trail
. The jeep trail is two track for its full distance but is sufficiently loose and rocky to be interesting.
After the summit, the descent is fast and loose. Watch your speed since pinch flats and sidewall tears are common on this section of trail.
As you loop around to Black Canyon Trail
, the Black Canyon Mine, Mancy Mine, and Grand Canyon Mine are visible on your left.
The Black Canyon Trail
starts out as technical singletrack. It is primarily a hiking trail to access the nearby bouldering problems and sport climbing routes, so please be courteous to climbers in the area and give them right of way. The trail ends in the Black Canyon Arroyo, which must be traversed for approximately 0.25 miles before a singletrack is visible on the left connecting to another two-track mining road. Expect unimproved and technical terrain.