Distance 8.3 km one way, height gain 220 m, fairly easy
A forest trail generally climbs to Blackshale Creek, crosses a 230 ft-long suspension bridge then descends 285 m fairly steeply to the highway opposite Pocaterra Dam road. There are views across to mounts Warspite and Invincible and ahead to the rock peaks of the Opal Range, Elpoca Mountain predominant. The dam is then crossed to Canyon day-use parking.
Start: Black Prince access. The nearest parking is at The Black Prince day-use area, half a kilometre down the access road. Parking on the dusty highway is not optimal.
Finish: There are only a few parking places where the trail reaches the highway opposite the dam. The nearest formal parking is across the dam at Canyon day-use area.
Easy going on a good trail. You will need 2 vehicles for this one-way trail. See HTR trail map South.
Note: There are several options along this section of the trail. The shortest is to climb the trail up one side of Blackshale Creek, cross the suspension bridge and descend the trail on the other side. About 1.2 km and 60 m height gain. See map.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
This trail is not featured in any of our guidebooks
Trailhead: Black Prince 50.70669N, -115.19769W
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Last updated Jun 22, 2018