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Black Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike starts on the lower slopes of Mingus Mountain and takes you into a rugged canyon and a pine-forested valley. It can also be done one way with a car shuttle. As an out-and-back hike, this is a long one with significant elevation gain. Optionally, you could leave a vehicle at Quail Springs and hike the trail downhill one way from the Allen Spring Road. Above Quail Spring, the trail climbs steadily along the brushy slopes above Black Canyon. This chaparral brush becomes thicker as you climb."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
Nice trail with great views.
But had difficulty finding it. At the parking lot, there is an old road with a gate. That is NOT the trail. The trail begins on an ATV trail to the West (left of the road if you are facing the gate).
Roughly 75 yards down that road, there is a gate where a sign says "trail."
We were not the only ones confused that day.
Hope this helps others. Enjoy!
Quite a work out. Lots of great views of the Verde Valley and the Sedona red rocks in the distance. Not a very high use trail, but well marked with orange blazes along the way. Some very interesting parts of the trail where the rock is very loose and the drop is very steep, be careful! This hike has been one of my favorites for the views, the brisk workout, and I didn't see a single other person the whole day! Awesome!
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