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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +483/464 ft
Total: 103 riders
 

Mountain Biking Blackrock Freeride Trails

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#3 of 302 mountain bike trails in Oregon
#80 in the world

Blackrock is a mountain bike only trail system (with wooden/dirt stunts, but all with bypasses so this is XC, DH, as well as FR friendly!). There's dozens of ways to enjoy 'em depending on what you're up for, however most people use the main fire road to push up to some point (either to "Basic Training" a mere mile from trailhead for practise/sessioning) or all the way up to the top where "Sickter Gnar", "Granny's Kitchen", "Bonzai Downhill", or "Sunday Stroll" begin. Pick up a wateproof trailmap at local shop (Santiam Bicycle in Salem or Dallas, Fall Line Sports in Silverton, Trail Head Cycles in Hillsboro, or Full Cycles in Corvallis). Blackrock Freeride Association is the advocacy group responsible for cooperating with Oregon Department of Forestry and handle management of these trails.

First added by alvin.santoy on May 10, 2020. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Blackrock Trails are located west of Falls City, Oregon. Driving directions to the trailhead from I-5 / Salem (drive time: 50-60 minutes):
- From I-5, take exit 258 (North Salem / Fairgrounds / Amphitheater).
- Turn Southwest 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 (youll 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 (youll 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 mark your odometer.
- Follow river about 3 miles.
- Turn right just past Camp Tapawingo sign.
- Continue ~250 yards, crossing over bridge / park at small area to right (do not drive past the gate! even if it is open).

Youll see wooden Blackrock Trail sign. See trail map for details about where to ride! Have fun!
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Blackrock 2007 by Jamie Minshall
 

Mountain Bike Trails Near Falls City, Oregon

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Intermediate | 10 mi

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Q: I was wondering how the climb to the top compares to the climb at Alsea Falls.
A: It's packed gravel, not paved. I think it's comparable in length, if not shorter, but with the varied and sometimes steepish pitches, it can feel a little more intense. Keep in mind that there are many more options here for lapping smaller sections, many people ride the full trail, then try another trail, and then do smaller laps on their favorite section. The scenery is much better than Alsea.

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  • e46fanatic
    *****

    Obviously a great, very well maintained MTB trail system. I made my first trip out here when it was a little wet and slippery - mistake. Wait for it to dry out, or get some good mud tires.

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  • battlebeetle
    *****

    Fantastic trail. Well maintained with challenging steep uphill climbing and a variety of downhill courses complete with jumps and obstacles. Fun!

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  • dylanm
    *****

    After riding lots of Oregon trails except alpine and others, Blackrock stands out for its high quality downhill experience. You can only climb up and then ride down - there are very few pedaling sections past the main climbs. Bonzai downhill is split into 5 sections, the less technical but fast and fun 2 sections start at the top. However I wouldn't take section 5 until later. You lose lots of elevation for a newer and somewhat less fun trail. It's best to just use it at the end of the day. (It's still great, just very rooty and new)
    To get to the summit you take one last push trail up some switchbacks. I'm always too tired to pedal that last stretch. All five sections of bonzai were doable in the winter and still really enjoyable. The trails are sticky clay laden material that's been lovingly maintained over the years and designed to drain water.

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  • coltonpalmer
    *****

    This is truly a gem for Mnt. biking. This place has it all from beginner to expert. trails are marked at trail heads with ratings. Many wooden features to ride, technical as well as beginner. At the lower staging area is a practice area "basic training" to hone your skills before going out on the trails. Very well maintained.

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  • leemaster17
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    Really hard 2 mile paved road climb up to the top, but lots of dirt downhill trails with different difficulty of trails to choose from (beginner, difficult, more difficult, and most difficult) no joke- that's how the difficulty is described. Banked turns, gap jumps, smooth dirt trails, few people, canopy(no direct sunlight), bathroom at parking area, and mosquitos. No nalgas ????????????

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  • jvbutter
    ****

    Three of us went out last Friday, all on full suspension, great trails. Nice double jumps, gap jumps and stepups. Some hard tails came out also during the day, they had good time when we talked. Great ride

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  • Joel.panttila
    *****

    I'm a regular here and have visited many times. It takes me 1.5 hours to drive here and it is worth it every time! I rated this intermediate as there are trails that everyone from beginners all the way to paid pros can enjoy. It takes about 30 min - 1 hour to push & bike up the fire road. There are a few different trails, but most trails have many sections so you can ride a certain section and walk back up and ride it again. There are many different woden and dirt obstacles.
    Much fun for many days of all difficulty levels. A must visit!

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  • hillhucker
    *****

    Great place. Great people. High quality woodwork with endless fun. Love Blackrock.

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  • Maksfawster
    *****

    Hands down my favorite place to go. It's fairly DH oriented, but I've been with people who are new to riding, and they still had a great time.

    The climb to the very top isn't easy, but it's well worth the effort.

    I was there last in Oct. of 2014 and some of the trails were pretty muddy, and yucky. I wouldn't necessarily come go in the rainy season without the right tires, and clothes you don't mind getting thoroughly soiled.

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  • adorkxi
    *****

    Wonderful place for beginners to pro's. Just remember to read the rules of the place especially the changing in public. There is a children's camp that shares access road. I live 4 house away and will be returning.

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  • skelldify
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    This place is REALLY COOL! There are only 5 or so trails, but they're all really good. You grind up a 2-3 mile forest service road and bomb down the trails. It's ideally set up for sessioning sections of trail. The intermediate trail is rideable by anyone, but going fast is very rewarding. The advanced trails have a lot of biiiiig sh!t that will test your meddle such as gap jumps, large wooden features, drops, step-ups, etc. Not a ton of "tech", but great for high speed and getting air time.

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