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Black Rock Long Loop - White Tanks, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 1.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,438 feet
Elevation Gain 120 feet
Accumulated Gain 120 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.9
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46  2015-09-12
Black Rock Long Loop Connected to Waterfall
20  2015-03-02 Stoic
1  2014-04-27 trekkin_gecko
31  2012-12-28 Eric85373
18  2011-11-26
Waterfall Trail - White Tanks
3  2010-09-17 GoddessLil1031
16  2010-01-23
Waterfall Trail - White Tanks
2  2006-09-25 MirandaW
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Author ferazamboni
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 0
Photos 216
Trips 41 map ( 212 miles )
Age 44 Male Gender
Location Boulder, CO
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 10 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:20am - 7:43pm
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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 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 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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2004-12-22 ferazamboni
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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,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
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. Continue into the park on White Tank Mountain Road. Get directions at the information center at about 1.2 miles.

doug h adds... With the growth in the west valley, a faster way 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 stoplights and the added stop signs on Olive. This is only a suggestion. I know the parks department has you going out Olive from the 101 loop.
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