|when||Trip Report : November 28, 2009|
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.
|EC||+-1900' elevation change|
|elevations||2283' (Black Canyon) to 3776' (Bland Hill)|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|on trail||40% — Black Canyon Trail|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|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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