The Black Canyon Trail stretches 70 miles from Mayor, AZ to Carefree Highway outside of Phoenix. Myself and 2 companions, Alex and Charlie, traveled the trail over Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18th.
(image via: bikepacking.com)
The BCT, best traveled in the late fall thru early spring, consists of an uninterrupted single track route which skirts alongside the i-17 north of Phoenix, Arizona. The view of the Bradshaw mountains to the west paired with the breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert keep you company along the roughly 70-mile ride.
Our 2-day trek started in Mayor to a brisk 30 some-odd degrees. Decent gloves and a down jacket are strongly advised. Other essentials included a tent, sleeping pad, exterior battery packs (to charge phones and lights while riding), a jetboil and plenty of food and water.
Any research into this trail will make some mention of the Yacht Club in a town known as Cleator. Here, you will be happily met with jet skis defying the laws of physics, friendly locals and cold IPA's. We arrived at an appropriate 11AM.
We managed to coincide our trip with both a cycling and foot race, which added slight upsets to each day as we pulled aside to share the single track, which was significantly muddy from rain the previous days. The athletes were not thrilled with the mud, and less thrilled about me taking photos (see below).
- Giant Anthem x29 outfitted with Blackburn outpost bags and Rogue Panda bag.
- 2 Salsa El Mariachis with Rogue Panda and Relevate bags.
Yacht Club in Cleator
note: this adds about 10 miles to your route.
Rock Springs Cafe in Black Canyon City
Charlie wrote up a thorough recap of our trip, which you can read over on the Pedaling Places Blog here