Black Forest Section 16 Trail

2.63 out of 5
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↑ 200 ft
↓ 300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Nice gentle four-mile loop through the trees, good shade and incredible scenery. No huge climbs or descents, but rolls nicely: clockwise is more gradual climb to top elevation. Trail is roomy, but does narrow in spots. Plenty of horses & runners & dogs, so be prepared to yield.
added by greggerGranny Gear August 9, 2006
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  2_Salukis   on Sep 27, 2014
  Travis Brock   on Jun 5, 2014
  sbear   on Aug 18, 2013
  CSgaraglino   on Apr 22, 2013
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Reviews (8)

June 5, 2014
Review: Very sandy. This is not one of my favorite places to ride, but I had never been there and thought I would check it out. If you start out heading West, it's a long slow uphill grind to the North East corner of the square loop. Then it's a pretty fun downhill ride save for the sandy spots on turns that kill your groove. I'd say that more than half of this trail is loose sand which makes the uphill grind that much painful. The downhill payoff is nice, but I'm not so sure it is worth the effort for such a short ride. Good chance of encountering horses and joggers as well.

Oh and the loop is actually just under 4 or more miles (3.885 taken from the same point in the parking lot) per GPS. I'm not sure where everyone is getting 4 miles. If you don't count the parking lot, it's even shorter.

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April 26, 2014
Review: Not much more to say than what has already been said. I think it is a great trail for kids just beginning to mountain bike or for adults trying to get back into MTB. If you do a couple loops (4.3 miles/loop) it can be a pretty good workout.

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June 8, 2011
Review: I just took my new Specialized 29er SJ Comp on this trail and I needed more after 4 miles. This is a good trail to bring your little ones to, which I plan to do. It provides a few down hills which can be a challenge for beginners and kids. I will give it a 3 because it is a little short. This is a trail I will be coming back to for speed training and exercise.

Similar Trail: Ute Trail, Garden of the Gods

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June 2, 2011
Review: This was my first official trail (I've ridden country roads) and it was really fun! I was pulling a bike trailer with my 4 year old daughter in it and it was challenging and a great workout! We rode it in just under an hour.

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May 10, 2011
Review: Great trail for beginners, Great after-work trail. I took my kids (7 & 11) here for there intro to mountain biking ride. They were thrilled. Rolling Hills, You feel like you're deep in the forest, though you are really never more than 100' from the road. No technical challenges to speak of, but a good one to get you into riding shape for more challenging trails. Definitely NOT a white knuckes, bugs in teeth type of ride, but a good relaxing family cruise. Way better than Black Forrest Regional Park, but you'll find more interesting/challenging trails in the area.

Similar Trail: Black Forest Regional Park / Fox Run

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October 1, 2010
Review: New maintenance has filled in many of the drainage areas, which will make it less muddy when wet and less rutty when dry. The only thing more beginner would be a fire trail.

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July 2, 2010
Review: Like the other Black Forest rides, there's not much to reccomend this loop. In addition to lacking any fun MTB features (hills, tech), this one is very busy with other trail users. I gave it the second star because there are a couple fast, flowy sections--if you hit them between crowds. If you must go try to go on a weekday.

Similar Trail: I would recommend nothing similar although you will have almost the exact same experience at Fox Mill or Black Forest Regional Park.

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August 27, 2006
Review: This is very much like Fox Run, although not as much of a climb on the hills. Pretty and rolling in the woods of Black Forest. There were quite a few horses and dogs on the trail, had to get off the bike quite a few times, but folks seemed real nice here and friendly towards those of us on wheels.

Similar Trail: Fox Run Regional Park

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Black Forest Section 16 Trail MTB Trail 2.63 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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