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Black Canyon Dam Canal Road

Easy/Intermediate
 3.3 (4)

Year-round smooth riding with views of the Emmett Valley


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28.9

Miles

46.5

KM

Doubletrack

2,744' 836 m

High

2,453' 748 m

Low

593' 181 m

Up

534' 163 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Family Friendly Enough room for the whole family to ride side by side on most of it. Easy, compacted sand surfaces and mostly flat terrain make this a great route for the whole family.

Absolutely No Swimming!
There is some light traffic, and the road can be muddy in wet weather. There are several private roads and driveways that cross over, Please respect all posted signs regarding any side trips.

Description

The concrete dam just above the trailhead was originally completed in 1924. It's 183 feet tall, and 1902 feet wide at its crest. As part of the project, the Black Canyon Dam Canal was created to route water to most of Gem County. For almost a century, locals have enjoyed walking, riding and driving the banks of the canal using the Black Canyon Canal Road while taking in the views of the valley as it sprawls out for miles and miles.

Like the Pearl Road trail, this offers excellent winter riding and early AM summer rides spanning from the Black Canyon Dam all the way to Sand Hollow. You'll be mesmerized by the engineering that went into the tunnels and siphons along the way. At one point the road climbs up over the hill as the water goes under, providing for a great little climb and some downhill. Not to worry, if you want to stay on the flat, you can take the access road out and around like most users do.

Although the traffic is usually light and slow moving, the road surface is well maintained and very smooth with only a few seasonal mud holes here and there. You can park at any one of the dozens of roads that intersect the trail or park right on the trail as the road is wide and has many parking areas along it.

The trail turns into Cassia at the end but only because it lined up with another Cassia road and was renamed for future connection in the next 200 years or so. It is included in this trail as it was historically part of this road.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joseph States

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 4 votes

#1

in Emmett

#17336

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#1

in Emmett

#690

in Idaho

#17,336

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Photos

swollen Payette River just below Black Canyon Dam at Cobblestone Park (end of Black Canyon Canal trail)
Oct 11, 2017 near Emmett, ID
View of Payette River looking southwest from Black Canyon Dam Canal trail
Oct 11, 2017 near Emmett, ID

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