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Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 3 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bolt Mountain

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#134 of 298 mountain bike trails in Oregon
#5708 in the world

The phrase "earn your turns" rings no truer than on Bolt Mountain. On the way up, the aggressive climb is unrelenting and rewards for good line choices and maintaining momentum. Use the first half mile for a light spin to get your legs warmed up because once she pitches up....she pitches UP. The last mile of the trail is the most difficult, as the grade increases along with rock and sun exposure. Technicality increases as you climb - good lines pay massive dividends in maintaining momentum, while a bad pick over the jagged rock beds will literally stop riders in their tracks. Just when you thought you couldn't take anymore, a dead (lightning-bolted) tree beckons you upward in a teeth-gnashing all-out grind to the top. The burliest of legs can climb it straight to the top...let's just say I have some work to do to get there. Record times are in the blistering low-27-minute range - Matt Solomon (current KOM), you're an animal.

If you're still reading, here's the reward: 1300 of the best downhill you'll find in the area hands down. Rocks suddenly become your friend as a matrix of descent options unfold seamlessly into the next. Use the time on the way up to scout the tricky off-camber sections, make a mental note and blast them on the way down. A few blind off-cambers have left many-a-rider in a heap amidst the trees. Same goes for the boosty rock faces on the way down: Look before you leap!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
This trail is an easy one to find with ample parking at the trailhead, located at the Fish Hatchery County Park trailhead. From Fish Hatchery Rd, keep an eye out for the Wetherbee Dr. turnoff, about a half mile from thet parking area. The BOLD yellow stripe at the entrance marks the start of the fee area - there is a drop box for a day pass and annual park passes available.
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