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Trail

63.3 mile 101.9 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5,527' 1,685 m
Descent: -7,655' -2,333 m
High: 4,193' 1,278 m
Low: 1,750' 533 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Jamil Coury

A point to point ultra trail run on the scenic Black Canyon Trail with winding singletrack trail.

Jamil Coury

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Point to point on the non-motorized Black Canyon Trail (a National Recreation Trail) featuring a mixture of singletrack trail, jeep roads, and pieces of an old stagecoach route. The Black Canyon Trail is located on Bureau of Land Management land and is overseen by the Black Canyon Trail Coalition.

Need to Know

Exposed to the sun throughout with several river crossings at times when water is flowing through the Agua Fria River. Many cattle gates to cross through (be sure to close behind you) and multiple trail access points along the way near the I-17 Freeway.

Runner Notes

A mix of rocky and smooth terrain an open and popular to both mountain bikes and horses.

Description

This 80 mile long trail features hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding. This historic trail is of national significance, following a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. The trail north of highway 69 is still used as a cattle driveway. The trail ends at the Prescott National Forest boundary.

The Black Canyon National Recreation Trail was originally designed as a livestock driveway. Many segments of the trail roughly parallel the old Black Canyon stagecoach road between Phoenix and Prescott.

The Black Canyon Ultras features a 60 mile stretch of this trail beginning near the town of Spring Valley and ending at the Emery Henderson Trailhead near New River. Along the way, runners will cross through Black Canyon and the Agua Fria river multiple times.

Flora & Fauna

Vast array of high desert and Sonoran desert plants and scenery.

History & Background

This was once an old stagecoach route and sheep drive dating back 100's of years. The idea for the trail was developed in the 80's and continues to be built and expanded today.

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