Black Rock Intro Loop offers a wild mountain biking and hiking route to explore

There’s more to Oregon than its quiet cafes and craft breweries. If you’re looking for off-the-grid adventures, we’ve got you covered. Black Rock Intro Loop has wild hiking and mountain biking ramps to give you an adrenaline rush.

You’ll find the wooden trails just outside of Falls City, just over 30 minutes southeast of Salem. Black Rock was once a logging camp.

To get there, you’ll need to take a trail at the east end of the Lava Lands Visitor Center.

These upside down trails created the elevation changes for the winding bike paths through the forest.

It’s a great place to dive into your inner freerider and play with gravity.

Although it is well off the beaten path, it is certainly worth the trip. You can explore a whole collection of trails nestled in a fern-covered forest.

Lots of jumps, ladders and fun to go around!

Just be sure to come prepared.

The route is rated difficult, as it is a 9.6 mile round trip, lots of elevation changes, and a steep descent ranging from nine to thirty-seven percent.

If you’re more in the mood for a hike, there are also plenty of trails nearby ranging from easy to more difficult.

You will have many views on the way of the nearby river and the snow capped mountains in the distance.

Black Rock Trail offers a moderate 4.2 mile point-to-point hike with breathtaking views. This nice smooth trail runs along an old easy to follow lava trail.

It ends at the Deschutes River where you can cool off and swim. You can even pack a picnic and sit by the river if you wish.

Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush or a calming retreat to get in touch with nature, Black Rock has what you are looking for.

Black Rock Intro Loop and Black Rock Trail

Price: $10 park entry fee

Location: Deschutes National Forest, OR

Why you should go: You can go wild hiking and mountain biking with ramps in Oregon.


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