Falls City, Oregon
The Black Rock Epic offers gravity-oriented mountain bikers a dream area, set in a classic Northwest forest. After a quick spin up the 3-mile access road (closed to vehicles), riders find themselves faced with a difficult decision: Which ridiculously fun trail to take? Choices range from the beginner-friendly Bonzai line to the gaps, drops and wooden features (milled from local trees) on Granny's Kitchen.
As you roll through the woods, passing ferns as big as your car, you'll find options that fit any skill level. Go ahead and take your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom or dad on Granny's Kitchen — anything that looks intimidating will feature a ride-around line that beginners can handle. When mom decides to get radical and launch a jump she’ll be rewarded with a well-shaped lip and a kind transition.
BRMBA, the Black Rock Mountain Bike Association, partnered with the Oregon Department of Forestry to build the four premier trails here, in addition to a variety of skills areas. They maintain the trails and structures each year, holding a variety of great fundraising events to keep them going. The Black Rock Mountain Bike area is a great example of what a strong partnership between a successful organization and a forward-thinking land management agency can achieve.
Photo by Anna Laxague.
Nearest town: Falls City, Oregon
Trailhead lat/long: 44.871098, -123.486386
IMBA-affiliated club info: Black Rock Mountain Bike Association (BRMBA)
Maps and ride info: BRMBA trail info