Back Way to Black Canyon City

Total Miles
10.3

Elevation

951.63 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

An off-highway route that winds through the mountains between Black Canyon City and the Table Mesa Recreation Area. Nice scenery and a few eroded, rocky hills add a bit of a challenge. The southern part of the trail is fairly easy 4WD but is slow going due to significant cross erosion. There are a few (quartz?) outcrops visible in the area. There are several hills like the one pictured below to spice up an otherwise easy trail. The road between Black Canyon City and the northernmost point of the trail is a wide graded road.

Photos of Back Way to Black Canyon City

Back Way to Black Canyon City
Back Way to Black Canyon City
Back Way to Black Canyon City

Difficulty

Very rocky, rutted and off-camber trail with erosion, loose rocks, sand, washes and obstacles up to 3 feet tall, including ledges and short, steep grades. Potential for deep water crossings with strong currents.

Technical Rating

6

Status Reports

M Gudy
Jan 15, 2024
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Started in Table Mesa, trail is 3-4/10 for the first 2/3 of trail. Then you hit a rock filled hill, and from there on is much harder. Stock Rubicon, 33in tires, and really needed more clearance in this section. Had to stack rocks at one point…did this solo, but that was a bad idea…still a really fun and scenic trail!
Larry Turnquist
Dec 28, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
First half is easy, second half has some challenging spots. It’s a good idea to go with two rigs, I ran it solo and got s little nervous in a couple spots.
Don Fitzsimmons
Sep 23, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated

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