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Black Rock Short Loop, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NW
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,461 feet
Elevation Gain 68 feet
Accumulated Gain 68 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 0.73
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Black Rock Long Loop
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Black Rock Long Loop
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  7:32am - 5:53pm
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Black Rock Long Loop
Black Rock Long Loop
same trailhead
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120 ft
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Mule Deer Trail - White Tanks
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3.3 mi
251 ft
Wild Life Trail - White Tanks
Wild Life Trail - White Tanks
0.3 mi away
0.4 mi
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Ford Canyon Trail - White Tanks
Ford Canyon Trail - White Tanks
0.3 mi away
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1,410 ft
Mesquite Trail - White Tanks
Mesquite Trail - White Tanks
0.3 mi away
4.0 mi
1,394 ft
Waterfall Trail - White Tanks
Waterfall Trail - White Tanks
0.5 mi away
2.0 mi
251 ft
Bajada Trail - White Tanks
0.6 mi away
1.0 mi
180 ft
Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite Loop
0.8 mi away
14.5 mi
2,600 ft
Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
Barry Goldwater Peak via Mesquite Canyon
0.8 mi away
13.0 mi
2,850 ft
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon Loop
Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon Loop
0.8 mi away
10.6 mi
1,921 ft
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Itty Bitty peaceful easy feeling
by ferazamboni

Likely In-Season!
The black rock loops (short and long) are very easy trails that offer an up close look at the various desert plant and wildlife in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. The short loop is only .5 mile long, while the long loop tops out at 1.3. Along both loops are information panels that provide information about plants and wildlife in the area.

I have hiked in this area many times, and I rarely see people on the Black Rock Loop trails. This may be because these trails seem too easy for most hikers.

I'm not positive, but I'll guess they named this the "Black Rock" loop because of the hills of large "dark brown" boulders that are located to the South of the trail. I'm not sure you would even get to see these up close unless you take the long loop.

If you want a perfect short hike in this park, you should combine the Black Rock Long Loop with the Waterfall Trail. I'm not sure why more hikers don't do this. It just makes sense. Instead everyone seems to crowd the Waterfall Trail trailhead.

So if you want some peace and quiet before hitting the Waterfall trail, start out on the Black Rock Long Loop trail. When you return from the Waterfall trail, make sure you don't miss the junction back onto the Black Rock trail at the Ramada. Why the park does not have a sign for this junction baffles me. On the way back be sure to "complete" the loop. If you do this you'll come closer to the "black rocks".

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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.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle or $85 annual

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
101 Loop to Park Take the I-10 west out of Phoenix to the 101 Loop Freeway. Go north on the 101 to Olive Blvd. Take a left and head west 13.5 miles to the White Tanks park entrance.

I-10 to Park To get to the White Tanks Park from downtown (PHX) is to stay on I-10 to Cotton Lane. Then go North 7 miles to Olive Ave, there is a stop sign and a Fertazone plant on the NW corner. Take a left (west) to the park. By going this you miss the new stop lights and the added stop signs on Olive.

Once in the park... (need clarification from here) for now get directions at the information center
page created by HAZ_Hikebot on Mar 06 2010 10:52 pm
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