74.4 miles
Distance
4,917 ft
Climb
-7,678 ft
Descent
4,367 ft
High Point

Designated IMBA route for the Black Canyon Epic

Detailed Description
Black Canyon IMBA Epic is a 74 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Mayer Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 12 trails. This route climbs 4,917 ft with a max elevation of 4,367 ft then descends -7,678 ft.
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20 Reviews & Comments

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toddbettis (Dec 31, 2022 at 16:54)
don’t ride through the red clay if its wet!
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Aidster87 (Oct 22, 2022 at 14:00)
Solid black diamond, the loose Rocky rutted out section can be pretty dangerous.
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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 4, 2022 at 17:03)
*combined
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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.
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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.
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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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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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ConorRkPrbZ (Dec 20, 2020 at 17:23)
A mix of fun singletrack and scenic dirt roads. Nice section of trail when riding from Bigg TH to the Bumblebee TH.
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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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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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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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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 19:07)
Quite a lot of loose rock on the trail. Not as fun as the trails to the north.
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Lovethatcountrypie (May 17, 2017 at 10:26)
Mostly gravel road through relatively mundane scenery. Skip this if you are doing segments.
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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
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Black Canyon IMBA Epic mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,761 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,605 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,366 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,604 ft
  • Grade
    -0.7%
  • Grade max
    -54.5%
  • Grade min
    34.5%
  • Distance climb
    26 miles
  • Distance down
    45 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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