La Subida Trail
ElevationAscent: 2' 1 m
Descent: -244' -74 m
High: 1,472' 449 m
Low: 1,230' 375 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A semi-technical shortcut on Black Hill Loop.”— Brendan Ross
As with other trails, keep an eye on the heat, bring enough water, and let someone know where you will be, as encounters with other trail users are rare. In an emergency, the northeast section of the Black Hill Loop abuts a neighborhood and would be faster access to help than returning to the trailheads.
La Subida begins around Black Hill's high point after a climbing segment. The marker at the turnoff is easy to miss, but it is sandwiched by Black Hill markers on either side which can help in locating the intersection. The first quarter mile is a quick descent down the slope of the escarpment. Rocky and uneven, the singletrack is similar to the trickier sections on Sendero Balcones and can be a tough go for less experienced runners.
Eventually, the path levels out in a semi-grassy area. Look for a nice variety of sotols and other yucca-type plants around this section.
As the trail turns south, it makes one more short descent, ending back on Black Hill Loop at another set of markers.
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Local Club: Friends of Government Canyon