Rockland Preserve Full Tour
ElevationAscent: 960' 293 m
Descent: -982' -299 m
High: 619' 189 m
Low: 351' 107 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“All the best trails in the Rockland Preserve in one glorious loop.”— Jordan Byron
Typical Trail closures you can expect.
Rain = Closed for 24 hours. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer—it depends on precipitation
Winter = Typically CLOSED unless temps are below 32 when cloudy, or below when 28 sunny.
From there, head up the hill toward "Summit Station" and Waterfall Pass. After this, start in on Thunderdome on the other side of the access road. You'll get a quick taste of the fun available on the trail before you split off onto Dirt Church after the second road crossing.
Dirt Church packs in a few dugout sections, small tabletops, and a technical rock ride in the short distance before the next road crossing. Once across the road, the speed increases through berms and table tops. Keep a lookout for Cold Feet, as you'll want to hang a right on it well before Dirt Church is done.
This will lead back to the access road, turn to the right to begin pedaling counter-clockwise. Before you've gone half way around the circle, turn left on Thunderdome (at kiosk M3) to rejoin that trail just before the start of Dirt Church. This time, though, keep straight and ride the remaining tabletops, rocks challenges, and log rides Thunderdome has to offer.
Next, knock out the more difficult downhills, faster berms, and bigger tabletops on Beyond Thunderdome. Once all this rocking fun is over, get ready to earn some more turns with the climb up The Darkside. Fortunately, The Darkside is an interesting climbing trail with lots of options before it ends at kiosk M5.
On the opposite side of the road is the start of Bambi. Follow this gradual climb to the log-roll at the intersection of MAG-5 and Bee Line. You'll want to take MAG-5 on the right for two plus miles of the area's most challenging terrain. There's plenty of options along with steep climbs and descents along rock-lined ridges.
After you've finished the fun battle with MAG-5, climb south on the Rockland Trail to ride the first half of Bambi again. Back at the log-roll intersection, head onto the easy going Bee Line trail to cross over the Old Crooked Hill Trail. Just ahead is the start of the Erratica Trail (at kiosk M9).
The Erratica Trail is another easy trail that has many more-difficult options as it follows over rolling terrain. Near the end is a particularly good feature at the Brown Mounds pump-line (experts only, beginner option to the left). At the end, turn left on the Old Crooked Hill Trail to get back to kiosk M11.
The ride is starting to wind down, but don't worry, the good times aren't over. Find the new Rishy trail to revel in some winding singletrack fun as you pedal back. Before Rishy is over, look for the East Loop Connector on the right to head back to the East Loop which will take you winding back down to the parking lot. Congratulations, you've just done the Rockland XC Loop!
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