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Dark Mountain

 18 votes

Length

6.0 Miles 9.7 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

547' 167 m

Ascent

-547' -167 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

1,239' 378 m

High

1,056' 322 m

Low

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

Paul Stahlschmidt

Overview

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

Description

There are several numbered and named small loops at Dark Mountain, all intersecting with the 2-track Core Trail which goes through the whole system. Follow the BLUE arrows for the all-encompassing route (mapped here on this featured ride), including the The Snake (#2) and Lake Loop (#5) trails that each contain a solid climb and descent.

From the trailhead, the climb up the Entrance Trail (#1) 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 (#2) 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.

Follow the Crossover Trail (#3), Dogtown (#4), and sections of the Core Trail to to get to the Lake Loop (#5) after about 3-4 miles in, where the ride begins the 200 foot newly rebuilt descent. 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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Apr 6, 2018
David Amann
5mi
Mar 5, 2018
Alex Waterworth
Trails are in great shape. 8mi — 1h 35m
Feb 24, 2018
V Saint
6.4mi
Sep 3, 2017
John Metcalf
Sep 3, 2017
Pete Libby
Had a fun time, some of the uphills were a bit much for the 8yr old. New downhill section marked number 5 on map is very fun! 5.2mi
Apr 1, 2017
Jeff Richards
5.6mi
Feb 18, 2017
Alex Waterworth
5.6mi — 1h 05m
Nov 6, 2016
Seth Thomas
7.5mi

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  4.2 from 18 votes

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Love the Kerr Scott trails. Love Dark Mountain and it's rugged trail tread in opposition to WC and OCT/Berry Mtn loops. I would however like to suggest that the lower jumps on the downhill run on Dark Mountain be given some maintenance. Shape up the jump, remove the logs and have a proper transition? Such a fun downhill!!! Mar 27, 2016

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