Black Canyon Trail

4.58 out of 5
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↑ 4,400 ft
↓ 3,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
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
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Is it downhill -Guest

A: A great mixture of both. Trail 5 min. from my home. So blessed to live so near.

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Black Canyon Trail - Little Pan Loop
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Reviews (17)


May 3, 2018
lhogue Gramcounter  
Review: A very cool example of central AZ cross country riding. No downhillers delight, technical trials, or aerobic assaults here. Just some good old fashioned cross country pedal mashin here. Trail is very readable and easy and I follow. Although the individual segments are not labeled, the overall trail has good signage and is easy to follow. Starting from the Warner rd trail head and doing an out-and-back with the little pan loop being the turn-around gave 18 miles and 2200' of ascent/descent. Using this trailhead allows you to swing into Rock Springs Cafe for an absolutely insane post-ride piece of Jack Daniels pecan pie!

Similar Trail: Mag 7, Hahn (but much more cc)


August 7, 2017
Review: Great views, fun trails. I did the little pan loop. There's some long downhills with good flow. Had a refreshing river crossing. Some tech to make it exciting. Careful you don't slide off the trail down the side of a mountain! Worth the trip there.

May 17, 2016
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

Granny Gear

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

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.

Bunny Hop

October 28, 2015
reneeATX Bunny Hop  
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.


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.


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

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.


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.

Black Canyon Trail MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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