The ride makes a scenic loop using a combination of gravel roads, a doubletrack trail, and a singletrack trail.
The Chupadera Crossing Jeep Trail
mostly consists of unimproved access roads to abandoned mines. The road has been closed to motorized traffic, but remains open to non-motorized travel as a doubletrack trail.
The Black Canyon Trail
provides a singletrack option to complete the loop and is the preferred route after the trail was rebuilt in early 2021. It is primarily downhill from west to east. It is a technical singletrack suitable for advanced riders. Alternatively, the loop can be completed using Hwy 60.
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. The road is closed to motorized traffic after approximately 1 mile, at the marked BLM gate.
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. At the bottom of the descent the jeep road is washed out and should be ridden (or walked) with care.
As you loop around towards the intersection with the Black Canyon Trail
, the Black Canyon Mine, Mancy Mine, and Grand Canyon Mine are visible on your left.
Advanced riders should enjoy the Black Canyon Trail
, which is scenic and technical. The trail is predominantly downhill when ridden west to east. The recommended route for novice riders is to continue north on the gravel road to The Box BLM Recreation Area. The loop can then be completed using Highway 60, which has a full hard shoulder and is also downhill from West to East.