Salem Lake

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.76 out of 5
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Intermediate
11.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
799
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
You can either ride the dirt trails around Salem Lake or risk a $25 fine to ride the single track within the woods. The single track is officially closed to bikes, but the fine scares of few. Riding around the lake is good warm-up. On the south side of the lake, plenty of single track veer to the side of the dirt trails. Amidst the single track there is a huge gully with a 10-15 ft drop-off. It took me a while to build up the courage to take the plunge. My buds warned me not squeeze the front brakes or I'd be doing head over heel sommersalts all the way down. I inched my way to the edge, swallowed that lump in my throat, took a deep breath, closed my eyes and told myself it was something I just had to do. Then, aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh..... wooooooooohooooooo! I did it. My boyfriend, Jeff, always tells me to try at least one new thing each time I ride. The only thing I have to add to that is to try that new thing as many times as you can before the adrenaline rush is over!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

April 15, 2019
MackMTB Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fun trail

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Gramcounter


March 21, 2019
 
Review: It will take you some time to learn you way around out here. The trail markings are getting better. There is something for everyone out here. Some very nice singletrack, some good climbs, rock gardens, and a sweet jump section. There is even a BMX dirt jumping area.

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Granny Gear

June 11, 2018
Tye Cahoon Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fun trails. But the jump area halfway through the Singletracks are Matt Hoffman stats, there's just no freaking way.

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Gramcounter

May 1, 2018
 
Review: no markings but i loved getting lost in the woods

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Granny Gear

September 29, 2017
 
Review: This is my backyard trail and I have slowly tried to clear parts of it with a hatchet and handsaw. I've never seen anyone enforcing the fine (if it even exists). Parking at end of New Greensboro Rd is best access point. You can go down the road past the fence and there will be trailheads on the left but the best one is the one next to the trashcans right where you park. No markings really to speak of but a fun place to "get lost" (Can't really ever get lost because you can always go downhill and end up at dirt road going around lake). There are some of the sickest downhill lines you'll find anywhere around. There is an old maintenance road that runs next to the power line towers that is a must if you like riding wide open. Probably longest downhill line in Triad that I can find. Starts up at top of hill (near I-40) and runs all the way down to the lake. It has overhanging thorns and lots of loose gravel but its such a fun run. Turn left when you finish that run and turn left onto the next trail head a few hundred feet down the road and it takes you back to the top. I'll do that 4-5 times and be whipped. Not your traditional, well-marked, loop-style trail but a great place to have fun and play like a kid. With a bit of effort, it could be a real destination.

Similar Trail: hobby park

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Doubletrack


July 6, 2017
kamoteus Doubletrack  
 
Review: Just an updated review regarding the Dojo & Beyond at No Name Trail inside the woods of Salem Lake. Ride on your own comfort level and just keep on rolling with those new features at the Dojo, Sortilege & Beyond. Some blue markers are up to give riders a good flow of the trails but still lots of work needs to be done. Keep riding and enjoy this awesome trail. #keepbelieving

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Gnarly


October 2, 2016
eddiez9 Gnarly  
 
Review: Update: Looks like maybe the city has started work on the trails as they become official. Cool wind-through-the-pines section near Linville Road and fresh blue square blazes on that end, too. Exciting!

Similar Trail: Horizons Park

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Gnarly


September 28, 2016
eddiez9 Gnarly  
 
Review: (This is NOT about the sandy path around the lake. This is about the unofficial single tracks in the woods on the North shore of the lake between Linville Road and a maintenance road near the footbridge across the lake.)

The best place to park is probably the dead end of New Greensboro Rd. There are NO signs and there are LOTS of trails, but it's not really a large area, so, as I always say, "You can only get so lost." You'll run into a road or the lake sooner or later. ; )

Most of the trails are pretty rustic/natural, but there is one big area where ramps and jumps have been sculpted in our lovely native red clay. There are a couple of other areas with constructed "features." Some of these are old and decayed, so inspect before you ride!

There is lots of fun to be had, with trails of varying difficulties, so I agree with the previous reviewer: Get out and explore!

Similar Trail: Horizons Park

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Trailblazer


September 10, 2016
 
Review: Well kept secret into the living woods of Salem Lake. 14 miles of labyrinth loops after loops unless some elves helps you out to find the right flow you will be amazed how fun and exiting the hidden gems of the singletracks inside the woods of Salem Lake. We call this the No Name Trail because you can get easily lost unless some elders and dwarfs guides you ;-)
Just keep exploring and ride on your comfort level. Don't stop exploring and enjoying the unending 14 miles of beauty. Just ride!

Similar Trail: Horizon Park, Oakridge Trails

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Granny Gear

July 4, 2016
maevans Granny Gear  
 
Review: Single track is fun, but you aren't allowed too ride on it, path around lake is boring.

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Salem Lake MTB Trail 3.76 out of 5 based on 36 ratings. 36 user reviews.
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