Black Canyon Dam Canal Road
ElevationAscent: 593' 181 m
Descent: -534' -163 m
High: 2,744' 836 m
Low: 2,453' 748 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“Year-round smooth running with views of the Emmett Valley”— Joseph States
Like the Pearl Road trail, this offers excellent winter running and early AM summer runs spanning from the Black Canyon Dam all the way to Sand Hollow. You'll be mesmerized by the engineering that went into the tunnels and siphons along the way. At one point the road climbs up over the hill as the water goes under, providing for a great little climb and some downhill. Not to worry, if you want to stay on the flat, you can take the access road out and around like most users do.
Although the traffic is usually light and slow moving, the road surface is well maintained and very smooth with only a few seasonal mud holes here and there. You can park at any one of the dozens of roads that intersect the trail or park right on the trail as the road is wide and has many parking areas along it.
The trail turns into Cassia at the end but only because it lined up with another Cassia road and was renamed for future connection in the next 200 years or so. It is included in this trail as it was historically part of this road.
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Land Manager: BLM Idaho - Boise District Office