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Basic Training (Black Rock)

  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Spring to Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    Falls City, Dallas, Willamina
  • Region:
    Willamette Valley
  • Attributes:
    downhill, free-riding

Trailhead Elevation: 687 ft


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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.


From Falls City…
Continue west on main road through town.
Bear right before bridge onto Mitchell (do not cross bridge).
Continue up short hill, Turn left onto dirt road and mark your odometer.
Follow river about 3 miles. DRIVE CAREFULLY – this is Black Rock Road and used for logging operations
Turn right just past “Camp Tapawingo” sign.* Continue ~250 yards, crossing over bridge / park at small area to right (do not drive past the gate – even if it is open).

Basic Training (BT) consists of an array of dirt and wooden technical trail features that a user can expect to encounter on the BRMBA trail system. This area is first encountered at the base of the trail network. Many of the trails end up into or below the BT area. This serves as a great place to meet up after runs or an area to develop and hone your freeriding and downhill skillset. Some new to the sport riders will spend the majority of the day here practicing before venturing up the hill.

Some of the features that you will encounter include the famous flight simulator or Wade’s drop. You can practice dirt jumping, log rides, navigating “skinny” ladders and various ladder and dirt drops. As with any trail or feature on the mountain always scout your line(s) before committing and progress at your own pace. Basic training is for riders is suggested to riders who have previous bike experience and a mastery of basic bike handling skills. These skills include climbing, descending, braking in all conditions, pedal management, level lifting the front wheel and overall bike control. This area is a great training ground for catching air and progressing as a rider.

Remember to always wear a helmet, full face preferred and body armor such as knee, elbow are suggested. Full fingered gloves are also encouraged. Full suit body protection is used by many riders who enjoy the trails at Black Rock.


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