99.3 miles
10,271 ft
-10,257 ft
3,953 ft
High Point

Ride the majority of the Black Canyon Trail without the need for a shuttle. Test your endurance! Start in the middle of the route at the Black Canyon City trailhead (Rock Springs). Leave a cooler with drinks/food there as you'll use it for a mid-ride re-supply.

The northern 50 miles rides more like a loop. Start on 5 fast miles of pavement, then 16 miles of graded dirt road until you reach the BCT at Antelope Creek. From there it's 29 miles of BCT back to the car. Enjoy the break!

The southern 50 is primarily an out-n-back ride, but there are two loops thrown into the mix. At the first loop stay right and the second loop stay left. The Emery Henderson trailhead is the southern turnaround point. Complete the loops while riding north, left at the first loop & right at the second.

**In order to officially tally 100 miles on this route, a short 0.5 mile out-n-back at the final split in the trail before the parking lot is needed.

Expect 6-7 water crossings on the route, you may have to poke around for a dry way across.

Detailed Description
BCT 100 is a 99 mile popular expert route located near Black Canyon City Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 27 trails. This route climbs 10,271 ft with a max elevation of 3,953 ft then descends -10,257 ft.


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45 Reviews & Comments

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rickythunder (Mar 28, 2022 at 9:38)
Nice trail for a self-shuttle ride in and out then continue to Hidden treasure and Bumble Bee trails. The trail is rated blue intermediate but watch out with the exposure sites and loose dirt on the edges will keep you on your toes for sure. Mostly flow with some sketchy switchbacks and decent altitude gain.
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cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Feb 21, 2022 at 11:40)
My favourite segment of the BCT, you really are in the middle of nowhere with very few (if any) people. Some exposure on parts of this trail but the scenery is just amazing. The trail beautifully meanders the contours of the canyon and below Sunset Point of the highway.
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cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Feb 9, 2022 at 15:44)
One of the best trails of the BCT. Do it either either way or both. A lot of fun and great views. A well put together set of trails.
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cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Feb 8, 2022 at 7:58)
As a hike this is just along the road into (& out of) town. There is enough space off the road (to the side) to walk but it really isn’t much fun.
It’s ok if you’re riding it but again not much fun.
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cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Feb 4, 2022 at 17:03)
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cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Feb 4, 2022 at 17:02)
This trail is more a Blue. But if riding it Col Ines with other BCT trails will bump the rating up to Black due to length and remoteness.
This is a nice trail, nothing technical. Currently not overgrown and not washed out in the arroyo area. Always easy to follow with trail markers.
  • + 1
cemoorelife TRAILFORKS (Feb 4, 2022 at 16:35)
Great trail. Better riding it North to South as the overall trend is downhill but totally doable riding the other way too, just a bit more climbing. Nothing difficult or technical on this trail should perhaps be a blue but because it mostly ridden in combination with other trails making it a longer ride is probably why it’s black. Trail is in pretty good shape; not particularly overgrown, some loose rocks and loose on corners but generally riding great.
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aobbard (Jan 25, 2022 at 11:19)
Fun section of BCT. Descent (Southbound) is a blast. Climb (Northbound) is a little bit of work, but mellow grades, non-technical, totally cleanable. Easy Blue.
  • + 1
aobbard (Jan 25, 2022 at 11:17)
Fun section of BCT. Southernmost 4 miles is a fun, flowy descent Southbound, and a straightforward, easy climb Northbound. The Northernmost 2 miles of this segment are not particularly exciting, but quite easy.
  • + 1
aobbard (Jan 25, 2022 at 11:26)
Also, if you're an out-of-state visitor, this section of the BCT is sort of a transition zone where the Saguaros appear/disappear depending on direction. South of here, Saguaros line the trail pretty much the whole way. North of this section, there are a couple of outliers along the Antelope Creek section, then they're gone. Still pretty desert, but a very different feel.
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aobbard (Jan 25, 2022 at 11:15)
January 2022, great section. Southbound it's maybe a little bit easier than the section to the immediate North (Arrastri Creek.) Call it "Advanced Blue" (absolutely NOT double black...) Northbound would be tough- there's a 3/4 miles stretch near the Northern end that would have most riders walking a ways... I returned via the Maggie Mine Road, which was quick and easy.
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aobbard (Jan 25, 2022 at 11:11)
January 2022, loved this stretch of BCT. I'd rate it blue-black. Northbound is more difficult to clean than Southbound. Trail was in great shape, seems well-maintained.
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sharknado33 (Dec 31, 2021 at 15:30)
Great trail! But a warning: we rode here after some rain and while the trails were awesome condition and just damp, the roads getting there (Crown King, Antelope Creek) were a muddy mess. In our 2 wheel drive vehicle we almost got stuck multiple places. I’m sure the locals know this but a warning for fellow travelers!
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sharknado33 (Dec 31, 2021 at 15:29)
Great trail! But a warning: we rode here after some rain and while the trails were awesome condition and just damp, the roads getting there (Crown King, Antelope Creek) were a muddy mess. In our 2 wheel drive vehicle we almost got stuck multiple places. I’m sure the locals know this but a warning for fellow travelers!
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TedsBikes (Nov 20, 2021 at 12:04)
I've been riding dirt for 40 years. This is not even close to a "blue" trail. Black or double black.
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lmiddleman (Mar 29, 2021 at 22:51)
This rode more like a black rating. More loose rocks than usual. Tough segment
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wildmeff (Dec 20, 2020 at 7:18)
This is a tough climb. Sustained, somewhat rutted, and loose. It’s all rideable, just tough. Stopped for a few minutes midway in to curse and remove clothing.
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Iannicc33 (Dec 14, 2020 at 14:44)
Fun trail, good flow on the downhill
  • + 2
TedsBikes (Dec 15, 2019 at 1:09)
December 2019, trail overgrown, blood and pinholes in jersey and shorts. First ride spent walking frequently. I've been dirt riding since 1971 though I'm not a great rider. This is a hard and dangerous trial. Blue is bullshit.
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DarnGood (May 1, 2019 at 22:36)
The first ~2 miles from the parking lot are mostly chunderous access road. The northern most .8 mile has an interesting Rocky climbing section then a flowy section.
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DarnGood (May 1, 2019 at 22:30)
Trail rides on the edge of a gully. Nice scenery. I rode up on a group of wild burros, we both scared each other pretty good!
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Amberbethe (Mar 2, 2019 at 8:07)
The trail north from Table Mesa Road parking area is washed out along the river as of 2/26/2019. South trail was fine with plenty of loose rock but generally rideable.
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jbooth91 (Feb 24, 2019 at 16:12)
Trail starts out somewhat mellow and gradually becomes more gnarly as you get closer to Maggie mine road. Take the blue rating with a grain of salt, concequnces for crashing on most of this trail are pretty high
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Jetpilott (Jan 25, 2019 at 10:48)
From now on I will only go from Rock Springs to Table Mesa this is the best section. Table Mesa to New River is painful with loose rock.
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azmtnruz (Jan 23, 2019 at 8:26)
From recent rain we used this website to figure out how bad the river crossing would be waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=09512800
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TacoBeer (Dec 30, 2018 at 19:56)
I say 95% Jeep road and only take it because your injured or having a mechanical issue and need to get back fast.
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TacoBeer (Dec 30, 2018 at 19:54)
Just a dirt road connector from biscuit flats to boy scout.
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rickythunder (Jun 17, 2018 at 15:09)
Excelent trail period
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goatzebra (Apr 10, 2018 at 13:00)
Some of the most solid biking on the BCT. Climbs are rideable but require fitness. Descents are fast but stay interesting. Excellent scenery.
  • + 2
goatzebra (Apr 10, 2018 at 12:59)
This section recently burned. Makes it feel noticeably hotter and less pleasant than other sections. More like hell. More technical than previous blue sections.
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Padyakeros (Feb 28, 2018 at 21:19)
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Lovethatcountrypie (Feb 20, 2018 at 19:19)
The north 25% is gravel road and a sandy river bed. The south 75% is magnificent, world-class single-track with some exposure.
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Lovethatcountrypie (Feb 20, 2018 at 19:17)
Great rocky single-track through some hills with some nice climbs and great views. Agua Fria river crossing, which was dry.
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slakka (Dec 31, 2017 at 19:08)
Nothing special. Connector trail to get you back to the trails to the north.
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slakka (Dec 31, 2017 at 19:07)
Quite a lot of loose rock on the trail. Not as fun as the trails to the north.
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slakka (Dec 31, 2017 at 19:06)
Another segment with nice and casual climbing/descending. Some exposure.
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slakka (Dec 31, 2017 at 19:05)
Nice and casual climb. Some exposure. Great descent. Could be a difficult river crossing depending on rainfall.
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Boomingsooner (Sep 20, 2017 at 7:14)
This side is about 90% jeep road, not single track. If you are going north and want an easier pedal up hill, take this route. Otherwise, definitely go the eastern route.
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W33ble (Sep 19, 2017 at 21:28)
Great single track! A bit of exposure, and some technical little bits, but great practice. And the view is grand.
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Pyroferus (Aug 27, 2017 at 12:59)
Amazing single track, just watch for the rattlesnakes ... 8/25/2017 3 spotted on a 10 mile ride ????
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Lovethatcountrypie (May 19, 2017 at 22:29)
Ran into some intransigent wild steer and had to turn back...
  • + 0
Lovethatcountrypie (May 17, 2017 at 10:25)
Short but sweet, singletrack rolling through prickly pear cacti
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Lovethatcountrypie (May 16, 2017 at 13:24)
Absolutely terrific singletrack. Remotely located but worth the drive
  • + 0
Lovethatcountrypie (May 15, 2017 at 16:40)
Wonderful trail. Comparatively smooth and flat along rolling hills surrounded by prickly pear cacti
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Lovethatcountrypie (May 12, 2017 at 12:50)
Absolutely magnificent


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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • Altitude min
    1,751 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,048 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,060 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    45 miles
  • Distance down
    43 miles
  • Distance flat
    12 miles
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