Dark Mountain

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5.2 Miles 8.4 Kilometers


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594' 181 m

Ascent

-599' -183 m

Descent

1,239' 378 m

High

1,048' 319 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

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

Paul Stahlschmidt

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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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Nov 6, 2016
Seth Thomas
7.5mi
Oct 22, 2016
Edward Russell
3.5mi — 1h 10m
Aug 31, 2016
Keena Sidden
5.2mi — 1h 00m
Aug 3, 2016
Chris Bostion
Jun 10, 2016
Dj cart
Don't forget to follow the blue triangles, some unmarked intersections
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
Dec 2, 2013
Tim Spang
5.3mi — 1h 06m
Nov 22, 2013
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All Clear 32 days ago
Fallen Trees - Lots of Leaves
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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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