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    Black Canyon Trail, Arizona

    After resting my knees for two days following my Picketpost to Kelvin ride, I did the Black Canyon Trail. The BCT, as it's called, is a bit north of Phoenix, AZ, and runs north-south for about 80 miles. It contains some really rugged riding on often loose, rocky trails, which are often quite narrow, with steep drop-offs. Since I was riding solo I did an out and back from the Black Canyon City trailhead. This is my 7th ride on this trail and each time I get a bit farther before turning back. But on all previous rides I was always really dragging by the end of the ride.

    It was a beautiful day right from the pre-sunrise start and it eventually warmed to 80. Since I had only 10 hours of daylight, and I expected the return to take much longer, I planned to ride out for 4 1/2 hours, turn around and head back. I'm really slow to warm up, and by about four hours I felt great, like I could ride forever. But expecting a painful return I turned around right on time, and my GPS hit exactly 20 miles. I was shocked that the return was one of the strongest, fastest and most comfortable I've ever had on any ride. This may rank as my best ride ever! This is a beautiful trail with classic desert riding and I suggest you try it before it gets too hot.

    Early Morning Light

    I call this "Avenue of the Giants"

    Little Pan Loop insection from the South

    If you lose the trail after crossing the Agua Fria River look for this tall lone Saguaro.

    Last edited by Wherewolf; 01-02-2014 at 04:52 PM.

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    Your rides are always very impressive! Way to go Wherewolf!

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    This ride is on my bucket list! Thanks for the post and pics.

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    Your rides are awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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    very cool!

    I would think wide bars on that trail could cause a little cactus-induced fear!

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    Hot damn. You never fail to inspire, Wherewolf. Your photos and words put the Lake Tahoe area on my "must ride" list, and now I've got to go add the Black Canyon Trail. Dem saguaros.....
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    Awesome trail and scenery. And no two cactus' are alike
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    Very nice! And I live so close.

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    i've had the pleasure of riding a section of this.
    nice pics
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