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Black Rock Short Loop, AZ

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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
Author ferazamboni
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 0
Photos 216
Trips 41 map ( 212 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Boulder, CO
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  6:15am - 6:34pm
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Itty Bitty peaceful easy feeling
by ferazamboni

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.

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2nd of 3 mini dayhikes with non hiking friend.

Started from waterfall TH headed out to Black Rock loop including a figure 8 of some sort to complete the entirety of the Black Rock Short Loop. Ended where we started.

Saw many petroglyphs I'd never noticed on previous trips with family along the Black Rock Loops. Beautiful day.
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after hitting the peaks, decided to hike two of the trails i was missing in the white tanks
first did the black rock short loop, then the long loop
both provided a nice stroll through scenic desert with little elevation change
think i have three trails left:
waterfall, which i've done but must have been before haz
waddell, same story
so one more trip out here this year to hike a ford canyon-willow loop and catch those
lemonade slurpee on the way home :)
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White Tanks - MQ WL FD BR BR BD ST
I was planning a trip to the White Tanks today, so set a goal to get tracks on the remaining areas for Joe's map. Started at the Mesquite Trail head, up to the Ford Canyon Trail, north a bit to the Willow Canyon trail, then East on Willow Canyon. I also made a stop at the Willow Spring for a bite to eat. I suggest anyone who hikes up this way stops and checks it out. (Sorry no pictures, my camera was just dead weight today in the pack.) This appears to be where the old ranch was. There are some foundations remaining, bedsprings, water troughs, etc. Back to the trail head, in the truck for my next chore. Stopped at the Black Rock Loops and got those tracks. Next I drove to the Visitor Center for the Bajada Trailhead. Walked it out to the Goat Camp trail, then over to the South Trail backwards to the Trail head. A little road walking, and I was back to the Truck. That should do it for all the requested remaining trails out there. Have at it with your map magic now!

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

Map Drive
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
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