From the BLM who manages the trail: “This 80 mile long trail features hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding. This historic trail is of national significance, following a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. The Department of the Interior officially established the route as a livestock driveway in 1919, when it was used by woolgrowers from the Phoenix area to herd sheep to and from their summer ranges in the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. The trail north of highway 69 is still used as a cattle driveway. The trail ends at the Prescott National Forest boundary.
The Black Canyon National Recreation Trail was originally designed as a livestock driveway. Many segments of the trail roughly parallel the old Black Canyon stagecoach road between Phoenix and Prescott.”
The Black Canyon Ultras features a 60 mile stretch of this trail beginning near the town of Spring Valley and ending at the Emery Henderson Trailhead near New River. Along the way, runners will cross through Black Canyon and the Agua Fria river multiple times.
Elevation Gain 7,000 Feet | 2,100 Meters
Elevation Loss 8,898 Feet | 2,712 Meters
Elevation Gain 2,460 Feet | 750 Meters
Elevation Loss 4,774 Feet | 1,455 Meters
Training Runs **These dates are currently tentative and will be confirmed soon**
November 25th-26th Training Weekend: A course preview the first 19.5 miles of the Black Canyon Trail 100K course from the start at Mayer High School to Bumble Bee on Saturday, November 25th. We will camp overnight in Bumblebee. Sunday Morning, November 26th we will run from Mile 19.5 to 37.5 of the Black Canyon Trail 100K course from Bumble Bee to Black Canyon City.
This will be a loosely organized and supported fun run on the trail. We will have a few markings at critical turns and a few spots for water along the way.
There will be runners of all abilities and there should be a shorter option for people that want to part of the run. Runners are welcome to participate in all weekend activities or join us for just one of the days, etc.
December 17th: Final training run along the Black Canyon 100K course from Black Canyon City to Emery Henderson Trailhead. Meet at 7am at Emery Henderson TH to car pool up to Black Canyon TH for this 25 mile stretch of the course. Shorter options available if you would like.
There will be one aid station half way at Table Mesa TH.
*The 60K race consists of the first 60K or 37.4 miles of the 100K course!
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