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Table Mesa Rd to Boy Scout Loop - BCT, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,934 feet
Elevation Gain 525 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,604 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 20.02
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by MEWhiteman

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This is a description of a Black Canyon Trail (BCT) section that runs from Table Mesa Road south to the northern end of the Boy Scout Loop. Descriptions of other sections of this trail are on site. They are Little Pan Loop from Table Mesa Road, which is directly north of this section, and Boy Scout Loop via Emery Henderson T(railhead), which is directly south of this section. This trail is single-track except for one small section and is easy to follow. There have been several re-routes, but the new trail is obvious. This is a longer hike at 12 miles, but the climbing is gradual and is generally up and down.
Beginning from the parking lot, the trail sign on the west side indicates the beginning of a link trail to the BCT itself. After about 50 yds, you come to a T intersection with BCT trail signs. Turn left. Shortly you'll cross Table Mesa Road and will be able to see the parking lot back up the road to your left. Cross the road diagonally to the left and continue on the trail at the sign. At about 1.25 miles, you come to a gravel road. Turn left here. You'll see a sign for the BCT on the right after about 50 yds. Turn right at the sign. At about 1.6 mi, a major reroute begins. Turn right here to stay on the trail. You can see where the old trail went (straight ahead) with sticks and stones covering the trail, but stick to the new trail to the right. There is one other confusing place at about 5.5 mi (N33 56.702 W112 09.635). After going through a wash, you come to a jeep trail straight ahead. You want to bear left on the single track with a BCT sign just before the jeep trail. At about 6.0, you will see a sign indicating you are at the northern end of the Boy Scout Loop (N33 56.201 W112 09.844). This was my turn around point.

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2009-04-15 MEWhiteman
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Table Mesa Road Trailhead (from Black Canyon Trail website) This is presently an undeveloped trailhead with limited parking. However, there is ample parking within easy walking distance a short way up the side road. Trailhead signs are occasionally vandalized and removed, so it will be necessary to check your odometer and watch carefully for the side road to the right.

    From Interstate 17: Take exit 236 (Table Mesa Rd), turn west then north on the frontage road, drive approximately 1.65 miles to the "Y" and bear left, drive approximately 1.38 miles and look for the side road on the right. Turn onto this road and the trailhead is immediately to the left.

    GPS coordinates, using NAD27 datum: N33? 59.076' W112? 10.063'
    page created by MEWhiteman on Apr 15 2009 5:26 pm

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