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    Best 15-20 mile section of Black Canyon Trail?

    I am driving right by BCT on my way back home (former AZ resident, now in NorCal).... I would like to hit a section of the BCT, since I'm solo, probably an out-n-back. Any advice as to the best section and where to park?

    Oh, I ride Expert/Advanced level and enjoy anything from technical to fast and swoopie ;-)

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    BTW, there is AWESOME winter riding here in AZ.... when I lived here mountain biking was not even heard of yet....
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade View Post
    BTW, there is AWESOME winter riding here in AZ.... when I lived here mountain biking was not even heard of yet....
    You must be really old

    Bumblebee exit and Gloriana Mine TH would be one option. Ride as far north as you like toward the Hidden Treasure Mine TH and turn around.

    Or Rock Springs/Black Canyon City TH. Head south and do a lollipop with the Little Pan Loop. Have fun. Black Canyon Trail Coalition | Black Canyon Trail Maps

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    Antelope canyon to bumblebee is my favorite section. You can ride the road up then trail all the way back down. Not too technical but sweeping and fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade View Post
    when I lived here mountain biking was not even heard of yet....
    So not b.c. But "b.mtb". .

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    Thanks all! Good info :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by djyoung4 View Post
    Antelope canyon to bumblebee is my favorite section. You can ride the road up then trail all the way back down. Not too technical but sweeping and fast
    This sounds like fun route. How many miles on road? Is Antelope canyon a trailhead that is easy to see from road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJC View Post
    This sounds like fun route. How many miles on road? Is Antelope canyon a trailhead that is easy to see from road?
    Probably about 10 miles or so on the road. Go up bumblebee road to antelope creek rd and then there is no trailhead but its signed for the bct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djyoung4 View Post
    Probably about 10 miles or so on the road. Go up bumblebee road to antelope creek rd and then there is no trailhead but its signed for the bct.
    There's a giant metal tank at the turn for Antelope Creek rd. From there it's a 3 mile climb. At the top of the climb you'll see the sign and/or cairn on the right marking the BCT. The trail starts as singletrack then dumps onto a jeep road for a short bit. Keep your eyes peeled for a hard right back onto singletrack. Should be a sign there. Then it's singletrack for a long way. You'll reach the dirt road near Bumble Bee again, ride down and across the bridge, turn left onto a jeep road at MP4. There's a bumpy 1 mile climb on this jeep road, but then it tops out and returns to singletrack all the way back to the Bumble Bee TH. You can see all this on Google Maps, click the bicycling layer and the BCT will show.
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    Is this the starting point?

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    I was referring to here.

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.1.../data=!3m1!1e3

    Your location is Hidden Treasure, start there for about a 7 mile loop, 3 miles up the dirt road & 4 down the trail.
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    If you wanted to make it closer to the 20 miles you can park near Bumblebee and ride the road up to the top of the loop freeskier46 posted and then back. Ends up being right around 20 miles. The first 8.3 of which are on graded dirt road.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/440482818

    Really fun loop. I think this is what djyoung was referring to.

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