Dark Mountain

 10 votes

5.2 Miles 8.4 Kilometers

Singletrack

594' 181 m

Ascent

-599' -183 m

Descent

1,239' 378 m

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1,048' 319 m

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4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

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1,239' 378 m

High

1,048' 319 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

A bit of everything at Dark Mountain, the first of the mountain bike trails at Kerr Scott.

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Dark Mountain is the oldest of all the trail systems at the lake, and was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2005.

There are several numbered and named small loops at Dark Mountain, all intersecting with a 2-track "Core" trail which goes through the whole system. Follow the BLUE arrows for the all-encompassing route (mapped here), including the "Snake" and "Lake" loops that each contain a solid climb and descent.

From the trailhead, the climb up the entrance trail takes you through the first-built trails at the lake. After about a mile, you'll get through a very rooty section and begin a descent that winds down "The Snake" to another section of Fish Dam Creek waterway. Enjoy it, because as soon as you see the stream, you'll be begin a sustained 1 mile climb out.

After about 3-4 miles in, the trail begins the 200 foot descent of the "Lake Loop." A fantastic finale awaits after the climb back to the top of Dark Mountain, the exit trail. This section has hosted Downhill and Super-D events, and contains optional lines with big banked turns and jumps.

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Aug 31, 2016
Keena Sidden
5.2mi — 1h 00m Delete
Jun 10, 2016
Dj cart
Don't forget to follow the blue triangles, some unmarked intersections Delete
Aug 29, 2014
Brett Burey
John, Scot, and I ad a great ride. Had not ridden Dark Mountain for several years, 4 - 5. — 0h 45m Delete
Dec 2, 2013
Tim Spang
5.3mi — 1h 06m Delete
Nov 22, 2013
Kevin Prufer
Nov 10, 2013
Stephanie Striefel
best part of Kerr Scott! jumps and twisty, and no other riders. beautiful trails 5.2mi Delete
Jun 30, 2013
Paul Stahlschmidt
May 27, 2013
Vinnie Connors
Epic trail! 6.8mi — 0h 55m Delete

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Dry, Fallen Trees on Shiners loop
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