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Location: 3 miles West of Falls City, Oregon N44° 52.841'' W123° 29.555'' (N44.88068 W123.49258) Description: System of trails for beginner to advanced including a sessionable skills area. Black Rock has many looping opportunites with a variety of routes to choose from. One-way up on main artierial is ~6 miles, and then sweet, buttery smooth single-track for miles with hundreds of technical trail features along the descent. Elevation: Trail head is at 700 feet, summit is at ~2,000. Trail Profile: 20% double-track (serves as main artierial access), 80% downhill-centric single-track Black Rock Mountain Bike trails are distinguished as first Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) sanctioned "mountain bike only" trail system in Oregon. We have over 250 registered local mountain biking members (as of 4/2006), and continue to grow! There''s 5 - 6 regularly planned trail work/ride days sponsored by BRMBA, but a core group of builders who expand and enhance existing trails every week. Each trail at Black Rock is epic in it''s own regard built/managed by a different build team: "Basic Training" skills area includes features that allow beginner freeriders to progress at their own pace up to advanced level skills - in a very sessionable side of hill not far from trailhead - which includes a pull out area off road where it''s easy to "meet up" with friends. "Granny''s Kitchen" with numerous variety of features - long, long ladder rides, doubles with monsters lurking in depths of casm-sized gaps, swooping road gaps, with burms arched to thesky, flowing trail leading from one challenge to the next each begging you to session for maximum enjoyment but the trail calling to you to roll on... "Sickter Gnar" built to showcase what freeride is all about - log rides, big wooden structures, solidly built burms, ladder bridges, stump jumps, and technical gnarly rocky downhill section thrown in on lower. "Sunday Stroll" with doubles as far up and down the trail as you can see with a recent addition bringing the number well over 15 jumps... including a "ravine gap", buttery smooth "log gap jump", and off-camber gap jump. If gaps are what you seek, Sunday Stroll will deliver and deliver and deliver... "Bonzai Downhill" built for fast bombing downhill fun. Uses terrain well to fuel the "rollercoaster" effect. Large burms to maximize speed, well built from top to bottom - includes roller jumps - hit them fast to do some low-level flying or slow to float over without leaving the ground. Safe for cross-country riders to enjoy from top to bottom. Off-shoot challenges easily allow for intermediate freeriders to throw in a twist or two on the way down, then safely merge back into the flow of main track. Great for all skill levels riding in same group to enjoy! This trail starts at the very tip of Mt. Brown and is non-stop fun all the way to the lowest part of single-track. There are features of the very terrain itself that evoke the spirit of what
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Latitude
44.875822162471586
Longitude
-123.49456787109375
Trail Directions
from Salem (drive time: 50 minutes): * From I-5, take exit 258 (North Salem / Fairgrounds / Amphitheater). * Turn SW onto Portland RD. * Continue on Portland RD to Marion Street (follow signs for “Dallas / Ocean Beaches”). * Turn onto Marion Street heading West to reach OR-22 WEST (you’ll leave town over Marion Street bridge). * Continue on OR-22 West to Dallas (approx. 9 miles from Salem). * Turn left off OR-22, continue on Ellendale AVE (follow Kings Valley / Falls City signs). * In Dallas, bear left onto MAIN ST (you’ll see sign for OR-223 SOUTH). * Turn right onto FAIRVIEW AVE – which becomes OR-223 South – follow out of town. * Continue on OR-223 South to Falls City RD (approx. 9 miles from Dallas). * Turn right onto Falls City RD, continue to Falls City. In Falls City… * Continue west on main road through town. * Bear right before bridge onto Mitchell (do not cross bridge). * Continue up short hill, Turn left onto dirt road and * Follow river about 3 miles. turn
Trail Length
20+ Miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Falls City
Country
U.S.
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Review Date
September 18, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: xDirtbagx ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This has got to be the best trail system I've seen. It's got the best of everything. From Techy gnar to fast flowy singletrack. Bermed corners, gaps jumps, tabletops, rolling doubles. It is very well maintained and built in a way that it is fun for amateurs and experts alike. Expect your skill level to progress every time you visit.
I wish I lived closer.

Recommended Route:
All trails lead down. It's the hike-a-bike back up that'll kill ya.



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Review Date
November 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: gnw1209 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I went up yesterday and the orange gate was locked.
I am not sure why, Just thought I would let you know before it ruins your trip too.

Recommended Route:
bonzai

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Corvallis KPT2



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Review Date
December 14, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: tdogbiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very fun place to ride. You need to ride the hill on the way up to get your workout.The very top going up is singletrack and a real grunt to reach top of Granny's. Bonzai is a blast and I have done Stikter but no crazy stuff. I like to rip down Bonzai as it is nicely groomed and has some sweet banks and burms. There are a couple short climb spots, but not hard.

Recommended Route:
Up fire road to top and down whatever your pleasure...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The McDonald and Dunn Forests have lots of very fun trails. We ride there every week. Send me a message if you would like to experience some fun stuff near Corvallis. On Facebook "Corvallis and area mountain biking group" B O N Z A I !!



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Review Date
July 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Seabas ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Blackrock is the definition of freeride. 3 trails for beg, inter, and advance. But even the most advance will enjoy each trail. It is impossible not to smile with joy going down, unless you are missing a landing on a big air jump. Plenty of gaps, drops, jumps, twisty single tract. Want to get better, training ground has various drops and jumps to practice on.

Simply stated, this is the best mountain biking in the northwest. I keep running into Canucks coming down to blackrock. Also ever 6 months the wonderful caretakers seem to create something new.

Downhill, all mountain, freeride and XC bikes will find fun here (with the exception of 29ers, leave those unstable wheels at home.)

Recommended Route:
Depends on your skill level, but each obstacle has a safe pass on bonsai and SK. I gave technical level 5, but you can bring level 2-5 bikers for a good time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Repeat over and over. This is the one trail you will never grow tired of.



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Review Date
November 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Delay1234 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Beautifully maintained trail system. Very well thougth out. After you park your car before the gate to enter you ride up a fire road for a little while to the entrance for Black Rock. Just keep right once you're going up hill and you will get the Basic Training area. Basic Training is an area full of jumps, drops and skinnies ranging from begginer to expert. This area prepares you for what is on trail system above. There are three trails, Bonzai (beginner/intermediate), Sickter Gnar (intermediate), and Granny's Kitchen (expert). They're all awesome.

Recommended Route:
So far I have only done the Bonzai trail. There are jumps all the way down and you can go as fast or slow as you want. There are some really nice banked corners and burms down the whole thing with a couple wooden features to ride down. I couldn't get enough of this trail and can't wait to get a taste of the next one in line. In my opinion, the faster you go down this trail the better. In terms of aerobic difficulty I only gave it a three because it's all downhill. The only up-hill you have to do is get to the top but it's all up a fire road and you can make it a nice walk up if you like.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know of any in the same area besides the others in Black Rock. I have also ridden Post Canyon in Hood River Oregon which has a lot of similarities (log rides, table tops, bridges, jumps, whole nine yards).



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