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.
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