Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bland Hill Day Hike
when Trip Report : November 28, 2009
where Bumble Bee
the hike     Bland Hill is a ridge west of I-17 between Sunset Point and the majestic Bradshaw Mountains. The views are outstanding. Wildlife including javalina and deer can often be seen in this area. Although it’s only 3 miles from I-17, a sense of remoteness and high adventure await you.
    We’ll climb off-trail to the top of Bland Hill, then make our rocky descent into Black Canyon, where a trail takes us most of the way out. This section of the Black Canyon Trail is marked with dire warning signs to keep claim jumpers out of the placer mining deposits. But hey, we’re just passing by.
    This hike is described in Footloose from Phoenix, by Ted Tenny, pages 33-38.
distance 7 miles
EC +-1900' elevation change
elevations 2283' (Black Canyon) to 3776' (Bland Hill)
time 6-7 hours
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
on trail 40% — Black Canyon Trail
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
type loop
starting at
Bumble Bee Creek 34° 11.476' N,  112° 9.797' W  [NAD27]
weather Black Canyon City
meet 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
drive Take I-17 north to the Bumble Bee exit. Go northwest on the road, mostly downhill, to your turnout. It is a left turn just before the bridge over Bumble Bee Creek, 4.6 miles from the overpass where the road goes over the southbound lanes of I-17. Turn left, drive downhill and park at the turnout. The side road is rough, but passable.

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