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black Sinks Trail


1.3 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 104' 32 m
Descent: -319' -97 m
High: 1,615' 492 m
Low: 1,295' 395 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)


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Trail shared by Zack Butler

Fun downhills with a good climb to match.

Zack Butler

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Closed when wet.


This trail begins at the Biker's Parking Lot on top of the mountain and descends down the mountain towards the Mountain Mist Trail. During this descent, you'll encounter a few technical sections and two switchbacks. After the second switchback, the trail descends gently with a few curves towards the Mountain Mist Trail. After crossing the Mountain Mist Trail, the descent continues with a few water bars stretched across the trail until it reaches the Goat Trail. This descent is relatively steep and good brakes are advised for this section. There's also some occasional loose soil here.

The descent continues to a 4-way intersection with the Keith Trail and the Stone Cuts Trail. Keep to the left at the intersection to stay on the Sinks Trail (or check out the Keith or Stone Cuts trails to extend your ride). The Sinks Trail gently rolls towards the Great Sinks Valley, where you can see the Great Sinks on your right. Don't get too mesmerized here though, because some of the soil in this area is loose and full of fist-sized rocks and a hung wheel could throw you over your handlebars and into milkweed in the summer (brush, leaves, and rocks in the winter). Keep in mind that this trail was once open to equestrian use until the park was closed horseback riding, so some sections are heavily eroded.

The trail then intersects with the Logan Point Trail and ascends a relatively steep and partially eroded incline up to the Mountain Mist Trail.

Although the Sinks Trail continues up the mountain to Bankhead Parkway, the section between the Mountain Mist Trail and Bankhead Parkway is not recommended for biking. You can go either way on the Mountain Mist Trail to return to the parking lot, although a right turn will dump you out on the Bankhead Parkway Trail in 0.8 miles and is the easiest return route.

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May 15, 2019
Don Childrey
Aug 13, 2018
Sep 9, 2017
Tim Nave
Jun 28, 2017
Noah Wilson
Only did the bottom half of this trail after completing Goat trail. Super fun trail where you can get some speed but beware of a few rocky sections 1mi
Apr 24, 2017
Travis Faith
Sep 17, 2016
Chris McEvoy
Jul 9, 2016
Joe McFarland
Sep 7, 2015
Kristoffer Flaherty

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