Black Canyon Trail 3 Day Trip
A world-class trail system in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills of central Arizona, the Black Canyon Trail has been stretched out to nearly 80 miles of flowy purpose-built singletrack that just begs for a multi-day trip. The Black Canyon Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail in June 2008. This is a very prestigious honor, as only the best trails in the country are eligible for this classification.
This trail is a blast! Rolling downhill with short climbs and quick turns, you will love the flow. The mountain views are beautiful and the desert plants amazing. This this three day trip has so much packed in you'll feel like you have been gone a week!
We begin our trip from our Phoenix meeting point with a shuttle north to the start of the BCT. Our start is just off Highway 69 near the
town of Mayer in the Prescott National Forest and affords us some great views of what to expect as we head toward the Bradshaw Mountains. With a net downhill today, we’ll ride south through varying desert terrain inbetween the tiny towns of Cleator and Cordes and on to camp among the towering Saguaro cactus near Bumblebee. The trail is so well constructed that no matter what type of mountain bike you’re riding, you’re going to love it. TOTAL MILEAGE: 25 miles
As we head on down the trail, the major geographic features include the deeply incised canyons of the Agua Fria River and the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains. On today’s ride, passes and ridgelines will offer views east to Black Canyon City. Complementing this are the rugged landscapes and many flat topped mesas of Black Canyon. The trail itself continues to be as exciting and rugged as yesterday, but with a few more technical sections thrown in, not to mention a potentially exciting river crossing! TOTAL MILEAGE: 22 miles
Our final day on the Black Canyon Trail is really the heart and soul of the trail. Another river crossing, fantastic views and vast Saguaro forests round out the day as we transition from the rugged terrain of the higher elevation to the rolling hills of the Emery Henderson area. The closer we get to the end, the flatter and faster the trail gets—which makes for a perfect finish. Our trip will end with a shuttle back to Phoenix where we will say our goodbyes. TOTAL MILEAGE: 22 miles
This tour contains some difficult riding on technical singletrack trails and a small amount of jeep roads. We will be without vehicle support during many sections of the ride. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventures.
Riding Surface: Mostly singletrack. Includes packed sediment, some rocky and sandy sections and smooth dirt sections.
Overall Rating: Intermediate/Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Advanced—rocky, loose and sometimes steep singletrack, some moderate exposure.
Physical Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced— short but steep climbs, longer days and technical sections make this ride a challenging one.
Altitude: 1,000 - 4,000 feet
For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.