Black Rock Loop Trail

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Black Rock Loop Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
308 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

washed out

The natural-surface Sweetwater Trailhead is located at the southern end of Tortolita Road. The preserve is open dawn to dusk. Dogs are permitted on leash The Sweetwater Preserve is a 703.26 acre preserve located in the eastern foothills of the Tucson Mountains of Southern Arizona, west of Tucson. Within approximately one-half mile of the Preserve are Saguaro National Parks Tucson Mountain District, and a biological research preserve owned by the University of Arizona. Tucson Mountain Park is also located a short distance to the south. The lands that comprise the Sweetwater Preserve were acquired using monies from the 2004 Open Space Bond measure. The community strongly supported acquisition of this property and worked diligently to realize the establishment of this preserve. The natural-surface Sweetwater Trailhead is located at the southern end of Tortolita Road. The preserve is open dawn to dusk. Dogs are permitted on leash.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail and easy to follow.

3 months ago

This is a really beautiful trail! Though I would not consider it a moderate level at all. It's very easy. The hike also is in scenic view of multiple houses so if you are looking for a hike that feels like you are deep in nature and very secluded this is not that hike. But I can say it still has very open and amazing views, so many beautiful saguaros and views of mountains!! If you are look for a hike that is actually moderate ( like I said this hike is NOT moderate it is easy ) I would suggest the lost arrow trail. Though it's very short but I did go down that path and it was a bit more difficult.

3 months ago

Loved this whole trail system.

4 months ago

Super well marked. Lots of additional trails all connected so you can go as long or short as you want. Great find.

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6 months ago

Nice and easy trail. Lots of mountain bikers which was kind of annoying at times. Saw several house, I prefer to be completely isolated so I wouldn’t come back to this trail. Good parking area and easy to find. Lots of trails in this area so it can be easy to accidentally take a wrong turn.

9 months ago

Nice trail, well marked, love all the cactus, saw some wildlife, great for an easier day hike.

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11 months ago

Best marked trail in Tucson! Not a lot to see, but very well maintained trail wth a ton of easy to read signage.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Not easy to get lost from trail to trail

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

This is probably the best marked trail I've ever been on. The desert flowers were just starting to bloom and it was quite pretty. Multi use trail good for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and people with dogs. There is a good trial system here at the Sweetwater Preserve. From the parking lot to the Black Rock Loop and even adding a few other off shoot trails, there isn't a lot of elevation loss or gain though. There may be on some on the other trails but... The trail signage is wonderful-well marked and easy to understand. And parking is free!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nice easy hike through a lovely saguaro forest. The path can be pretty rocky at times, which can be a little difficult, but there are no real inclines that make it tough. Just going down the Sweetwater Preserve trailhead opens you up to a lot of other trails/loops that you can head down as you head to the Black Rock Loop so you can customize and expand your hike if you feel like it. It is used a fair amount by mountain bikers and you will occasionally need to hop to the side of the trail to let them pass but it is no big deal or inconvenience if you are paying attention to your surroundings like you already should be. Overall, nothing mindblowing but a nice hike through some interesting terrain.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Really beautiful hike with high density saguaros. Very easy and flat so it's good for kids and dogs but watch out for rogue thorns in the trails as there are quite a few fallen cacti along the path. Id recommend taking the wildflower/arrow pathway to get to the loop as it's a bit farther away from the houses and more beautiful.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Pretty rolling walk through a ton of big fat saguaros. Would be a great trail for trail running. This is in no way a moderate trail; it's very easy. Mostly flat, well maintained with a few rocks. Watch out for mountain bikers!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

beautiful, but there are a lot of bikes to watch out for

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Beautiful hike in the Sweetwater Preserve.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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