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Black Canyon

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 2.5 (2)

Through the heart of Sugarloaf Peak mountain


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Singletrack

410' 125 m

High

307' 94 m

Low

96' 29 m

Up

106' 32 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Description

Black Canyon is a short, demanding trail that takes you between several of the shorter peaks south of Sugarloaf Peak, with amazing geology, a good chance of seeing wildlife, and sweeping vistas.

The north approach starts with doubletrack and numerous tempting trails that look like they go somewhere but don't. Once you make it up the steep doubletrack climb, you'll be back to singletrack which will continue climbing and loop around to the base of Sugarloaf. If you have the lungs for it, take the hike up to the base of the cliff for even longer views of the desert below.

Now you've made it to the payoff; the fun bit is a short downhill run between two of the peaks that includes a dry waterfall followed by an eroded, chunky descent. Though it doesn't last long, this is one of the more technically demanding sections of trail with opportunities to try out those new knee and elbow pads.

The south end dumps you out in the plain between the trails around the peak, with no well-defined path back to the parking by the tire disposal site. Once again, there are many trails that look like they go somewhere, but don't. You can head west and you'll eventually hit the canal road. The best route is to pick up the tail end of Westside and hook back up with Ryan's Trail, which will take you back to the parking area.

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Karl Ingersoll

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  2.5 from 2 votes

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#856

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Gnarly Sonoran Desert terrain with Sugarloaf Peak and Chocolate Mountains in the background
May 24, 2015 near Yuma, AZ
Approaching the rugged and rocky Sugarloaf Peak from the east, looking west.
Feb 10, 2016 near Yuma, AZ
Last climb before descent toward Black Canyon.
Mar 27, 2016 near Yuma, AZ
Look back east after climbing to the east end of Black Canyon Trail.
Feb 10, 2016 near Yuma, AZ
Looking up Sugarloaf. There is a trail up to the base of the cliff but it is challenging, even on foot.
Feb 10, 2016 near Yuma, AZ
Looking east toward Yuma and down the waterfall. Desert Wildlife abounds in this valley.
Feb 10, 2016 near Yuma, AZ

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