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Bonzai Downhill (Black Rock)

  • Length:
    4.7 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Mild
  • Best Season(s):
    Spring to fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    Falls City, Monmouth, Dallas
  • Region:
    Willamette Valley
  • Attributes:
    Non-technical

Trailhead Elevation: 347 ft

Directions

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 tripcheck.com, 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.

Directions

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).

Trail Overview: Bonzai Downhill (BD) can best be described as the “bread and butter” experience at Black Rock. It is the most versatile trail on the mountain, allowing each rider to challenge him or herself according to their skill set, so everyone, from first-time to the most-experienced riders, will don a smile as they ride BD. This trail offers groomed dirt and wooden berms in addition to wooden features that meander through the forest. All features on BD have B-line ride-arounds, allowing riders to skip those features with which they are uncomfortable and add them into their BD experience with practice and time. First-time riders especially should scout all wooden and dirt features before attempting them. Individual riders can apply varying degrees of speed and select increasingly challenging lines, which may result in an experience that can be viewed from beginner up to intermediate and advanced.

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