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Black Canyon Trail

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A winding singletrack through Black Canyon.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Singletrack

5,694' 1,735 m

High

5,379' 1,640 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

314' 96 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Need to Know

The trail was completely rebuilt, including re-routed sections, by the BLM and volunteers in April 2021.

Description

Black Canyon Trail primarily provides access to local bouldering and sport climbing routes at The Box Recreation Area. Please be courteous to hikers and climbers and check your speed, especially on the western segment where you are likely to meet other users.

The trail is open to non-motorized travel and provides a fun loop with the Chupadera Crossing Jeep Trail. The trail is gravity-assisted when ridden from west to east, but is also climbable in the reverse direction.

The western portion is rockier and tighter before briefly entering a slab rock section in the middle of the arroyo. The most navigable route through the slab rock generally stays to the north side of the wash. Look for a gate on the right hand side after navigating the slab rock section.

Past the gate, the eastern portion of the trail is easier, with a gravel base winding through the higher ground of the watershed. A trailhead and two-track connector on the east end return you to the county road.

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Shared By:

Rob Selina

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Black Canyon Arroyo. Pick your own line.
Jul 20, 2015 near Socorro, NM
Unbeatable boulder - Lots of great lines for climbers! Trail visible on the right.
Jul 20, 2015 near Socorro, NM
Winding singletrack through the western boulder fields of Black Canyon.
May 8, 2021 near Socorro, NM
Newly cut trail and view down Black Canyon
May 8, 2021 near Socorro, NM
The trail hugs the edges of the watershed towards the eastern trailhead.
May 8, 2021 near Socorro, NM

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