Black Canyon Trail

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↑ 4,400 ft
↓ 3,500 ft
2,010
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About this trail
This discription is for the Table Mesa trail head which has 1.5 miles (N) out on the Black Canyon Trail to the Little Pan Loop. The Little pan loop will take you down to the Agua Fria river and this loop length is about 6.5 miles. Then you head back (S) on the 1.5 mile Black Canyon Trail to the trail head.

If you are not familiar with Arizona mountains then it is a good idea to have a GPS since there are many branch off trails and off road vehicle trails.
Bring a comb for removing cactus needles and a few extra tubes. (Slime tubes are worth it)

There are additional miles of trails to this sytem with a total of 62.
added by bdgerberGranny Gear December 16, 2008
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Black Canyon Trail - Little Pan Loop
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  schwei   on Feb 14, 2016
  Pete Vena   on Dec 29, 2015
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May 17, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Do not try and access the little pan loop via the trailhead on the apps. I drove maybe halfway in a four-wheel-drive truck and still turn back because the road was so awful. I can't speak for the trail system but I deathly wouldn't try and ride it just the loop

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Granny Gear

April 5, 2016
Paul Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great desert single track, well marked and challenging.

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Granny Gear

February 18, 2016
praha Granny Gear  
 
Review: Very tight turns, terribly marked, thorns, lots of it, locals say it is a great trail. I've seen great trails and they look and are designed very, very differently. Rocks and thorns trail.

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Granny Gear

October 28, 2015
reneeATX Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode for 10 days in AZ and this was my favorite trail south of Sedona. I started my one way ride at the Black Canyon City connector and rode south for 30 miles. The trail is perfectly built, with great flow. The only place you could possibly get lost is at the river crossings, but even then it's not to hard to find where it picks back up on the other side. Download the MTB ap and use the tracker. (If done as an out and back from Black Canyon City, I'd skip the Little Pan section- which has some fun downhill but also a long stretch of doubletrack- and just go out & back on the main trail. And yes--get a post-ride slice of pie in Rock Springs.

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Gramcounter

October 12, 2014
acarges Gramcounter  
 
Review: It's a full body work out, challenging and fun. There is not much more to add than what others have stated. Except, it was a war with the cactus. Wear shin and full arm armor. It is impossible to avoid them: feet, hands, arms and legs are torn up good. Worth it 1 time but if I'd did it again I would have picked up the armor.

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Doubletrack

September 27, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
 
Review: This review is for the Little Pan Loop section of the Black Canyon Trail. This is one of the best trails in the country. It is perfectly designed for mountain bikes with good climbs and fast extended downhills in a beautiful setting.

Similar Trail: Hahn Trail

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Granny Gear

June 23, 2014
 
Review: Did this trail from exit 242, off HWY 17 . I consider myself an intermidiate rider and found the trail fairly easy, except for the tight switchbacks and exposure. Some sections with some huge dropoffs! You don't want to make a mistake in these sections. Other than that, its flowy single track goodness. Very beautiful trail with some rocky sections for added fun. I would rate this an intermidiate trail. Very nicely made, but more signs for direction would make things easier for first timers. Summertime is not the best time to hit this trail and UST tires and slime tubes are a good idea. Flats really ruin a ride and your bound to get them here.

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Gramcounter

April 30, 2014
AaronT Gramcounter  
 
Review: I take exit 236 - Table Mesa - to the TH (FYI - Get the singletracks phone app. It links all TH's to your phone's GPS. Hard to find without it). From there head N. At the fork about 1.4 miles you can either take the standard trail (go right) or head down to the little pan loop at the agua fria river (left). If you head to the river make sure you head immediately right once it comes out of the mountain onto the sandy double track or else you end up on Jeep trail 9980. Follow the rock bridge across to the other side and head due N again. You will pick uo the trail again there. The trail curves in many directions after that but don't worry. Head North and in approx 3 miles you will come to a large out cropping and a dirt road, Turn RIGHT on the dirt road and right after the the big left turn you will see on your right the BCT TH which will take you back to the original fork in the road and back to Table Mesa TH. It is easier to do this in reverse order the first time CCW (take the right at the fork - at the road turn left and get on little pan on your left and ride that down to the river) but i prefer it CW. IT really is an awesome trail. Plenty of H2O, T/R tubes & some CO2 cartridges. It's a long walk. Do not ride this trail from Jun-Sep.

Similar Trail: Hawes for topography, Granite Basin for layout.

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Gramcounter

February 21, 2014
nedmario Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail has many sections and each one is a little different as far as climbing technical and scenery The best starting point is the black canyon city trailhead just off the rock springs exit of I17. You can go north or south from here and both directions are awesome. GO north to bumble bee trailhead and back for a great climb up amazing views, water crossing flawy single track and great downhills. Intermediate difficulty

Similar Trail: Trail 100 with bigger climbs and better views

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Gramcounter

January 21, 2014
 
Review: Fast fun for the most part but lots of tight switchbacks that break the flow. Some 'you are here' signs would be helpful as trail is very repetitive and every section has the same 'Black Canyon Trail' signs - pay close attention to your GPS! Intermediate ride, other than modest exposure nothing technical. Very quiet and peaceful compared to Phoenix.

Similar Trail: Intermediate trails in McDowell mountains.

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Black Canyon Trail MTB Trail 4.59 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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