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Black Rock Long Loop, AZ

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Distance Loop 1.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,438 feet
Elevation Gain 120 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.9
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29  2019-04-03
Black Rock Trail-Waterfall Trail
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
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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   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 10 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:15am - 6:34pm
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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 trail head.

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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Black Rock Long Loop
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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 :)
Black Rock Long Loop
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Bajada - Goat Camp - wash/service road - Barry - Mesquite - first half of Waterfall Trail - south half of Black Rock - Mule Deer - Bajada

Headed up the wash just before mile 5 on GC for the first time - I think I'll stick to the Jeep trail on the ridge.
Last entry in the summit log(s) was from 10/28.
Saw a group of deer along the Jeep trail. They headed into Slick Rock Canyon. The myriad of game trails on satellite imagery suggest they like to hang out around there. It's on the list/was considered today, but... :-k
Good weather, hardly anyone on the trails (except Waterfall, of course), good day. Might even skip the ibuprofen tonight.
Longest hike of the year so far.
Black Rock Long Loop
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First time to the White Tanks. Nice day for a hike. Parked at the Black Rock TH and took the Black Rock Long Loop the wrong way, lol, to get to Waterfall Trail. No one else on Black Rock, but as soon as I hit Waterfall Trail, there were loads of people and more loads of kids. Left TH at 10:45 and took about 45 minutes to get there taking pictures along the way. Got to the Falls, which were not flowing, but a couple of pools were present at the bottom. Messed around in this area for about 45 minutes kinda waiting for the kids to clear out a little so I could get a few pics of the Falls area. The hike in was a little warm, but it was nice and cool in the Falls area. Took the Waterfall Trail all the way back to the Waterfall TH and had a snack at the picnic area. Nice little quick, fairly level hike. Recommend maybe doing it on a weekday though and not in the middle of the day. (I decided to sleep in, that was a mistake)...Not the best pick on a weekend in the middle of the day and expect any resemblance of solitude, lol!
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I do these hikes with my kids. This time I went when the older ones were at school. I had my two year old in her umbrella stroller. It was really rocky so I had to carry her (and the stroller) at times, so it was slow going. All in all I liked it.
The short loop is handicap accessable so if you're looking for easy stroller access you should try that one instead.
This trail was still family friendly. Had my 6 year old been there I have no doubts she could have done it. It's a lot more private than the waterfall trail, which you still have access to on the long loop. There were nice veiws across the valley, and since the trail was so quiet we saw more wildlife. There's two spots to see petroglyphs. And though rocky, it wasn't very hilly.
A nice afternoon hike with the fam.
* The lady at the info center also said that the nature center they've been building will FINALLY be open on Monday.
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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
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 down town (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. This is only a sugestion, I know the parks department has you going out Olive from the 101 loop.
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