July 10, 2011
The trailhead is located at the south west corner of the paved trail running between the Playground and the Basketball court. The trail it self is set up in a series of stacked loops. At the trail head you have the option of going right or left.
To the right is the first section of trail built at Salem during the Hot Spots program. This section of flowing singletrack winds through the woods on the northern edge of the park. Numerous stainless steel and Sterling silver forks found out here during the construction of the trail and it thus has the “unofficial” name North Forks Trail. The trail empties from the woods at an old neighborhood trail built and maintained by local residents to access the park.
Continuing on along the trail, you will wind slowly up a small hill through a wide expanse of blackberry bushes. During the right time of year, and if the weather has been nice, handfuls are available without ever getting off the bike. Just watch out, it is real easy to come out of this section of trail looking like you just had a wrestling match with a housecat on crystal meth, thus the “unofficial” name of the trail, Blood and Blackberries. (Trail review by James Ford)