Course Description

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.

100K    

Elevation Gain 7,000 Feet | 2,100 Meters

Elevation Loss 8,898 Feet | 2,712 Meters

60K 

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.

 

Course Maps

*The 60K race consists of the first 60K or 37.4 miles of the 100K course!

100Km:

100K Map Part 1 - Start to Antelope Mesa 100K Map Part 2 - HIdden Treasure Mine to Bumble Bee
100K Map Part 3 - Bumble Bee to Gloriana Mine

100K Map Part 3 – Bumble Bee to Gloriana Mine

100K Map Part 4 - Soap Creek to Black Canyon City

100K Map Part 4 – Soap Creek to Black Canyon City

100K Map Part 5 - Black Canyon City to Cottonwood Gulch

100K Map Part 5 – Black Canyon City to Table Mesa

100 Map Part 6 - Table Mesa to Doe Spring

100 Map Part 6 – Table Mesa to Doe Spring

100K Map Part 7 - Finish

100K Map Part 7 – Finish

Elevation Profiles

100K Profile

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Black Canyon 100K Elevation Profile

60K Profile

60K Profile

Black Canyon 60K Elevation Profile

GPS Files

100K GPX

60K GPX

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Cut Off Times

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