10.1 miles
1,381 ft
-1,407 ft
1,246 ft
High Point

Adaptive Riders, this route is rated aMTB3. You will need a support rider. Consult POIs for info on gates. Suspension, clearance, and rear-wheel-drive highly recommended.

This route is intended for adaptive riders, but anyone can do it of course. It bypasses Lilac Trail , which has significant narrow off-camber exposure, goes clockwise on Manzanita Loop , and goes down the west side of Miners Ridge Loop. The route becomes aMTB2 if you negate Manzanita Loop. Equipment capability (suspension, clearance, and rear-wheel-drive) and practice will determine if you can ride the west side of Miners Ridge Loop solo. Avoid the east side of Miners Ridge Loop. It requires major assistance to get through. Highly recommended to add in a loop on Black Widow.

Detailed Description
aMTB3 Black Mountain Loop is a 10 mile popular intermediate route located near Black Mountain California. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 14 trails. This route climbs 1,381 ft with a max elevation of 1,246 ft then descends -1,407 ft.
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13 Reviews & Comments

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evanrls (2 days ago)
Miners could use a little love. There are some deep ruts from the big January rain. Totally rideable but some sections where it gets a little sketchy.
  • + 0
C4SEM4N (Jul 31, 2022 at 11:15)
No fun.
  • + 2
marvinstorey (Feb 20, 2022 at 20:33)
One of the better loops on black. No pushing your bike up. Just intermediate terrain. Don’t listen to the technical comments too much. Any intermediate rider would enjoy this and have little problem.
  • + 2
coachzed (Dec 13, 2021 at 9:20)
One of the better trails on Black Mountain. Singletrack with some short, punchy climbs and descents. A few sections of chunk that give it some challenge, but a significantly easier trail than Miners Ridge.

Most of the trail has limited visibility and is two-way and mixed use with hikers. Please use your bell.
  • + 1
BenLow2019 (May 8, 2021 at 15:14)
Trail Wheelie Drop
Steep climb!
  • + 1
BenLow2019 (May 8, 2021 at 14:56)
Trail Demaca Drop
Best ridden east to west - down hill.
  • + 1
BenLow2019 (May 8, 2021 at 14:49)
Kinda steep for a green trail.
  • + 2
NFLPhD (Oct 26, 2020 at 22:29)
Fun downhill. Also makeable uphill. Takes you from BMH Connector to manzanita loop or little black loop. Or can take you the Miners loop connector or up to the nighthawk trail up to the fire road to Black widow or the summit.
  • + 0
cosborne74 (Aug 1, 2020 at 14:49)
I give this trail a 5/10. Very little real flow. The technical spots could be fun but they just end up being pedal strike zones given the inability to keep any real momentum or flow going into them. A few fun sections. To be honest, the trails going to and from the loop are more fun.
  • + 3
NFLPhD (Jul 19, 2020 at 19:34)
Very fun trail with a few challenging technical sections. Nothing too technical but a few of the sections will definitely challenge most intermediate riders to get through sections without having to put your foot down... Some great views too. Seems to be very popular with the regulars... Most people I have met like to ride counter clockwise... There is a bike pump and bike tool station not far from the trail head.
  • + 1
budgetmtb (Feb 18, 2020 at 16:14)
fast and smooth
  • + 0
TallChuck (Dec 21, 2019 at 18:34)
Surprisingly fun to ride downhill
  • + 1
Jnunez (Mar 31, 2018 at 15:14)
Suuuuper loose
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More Stats for aMTB3 Black Mountain Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    604 ft
  • Altitude start
    747 ft
  • Altitude end
    722 ft
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Maler Dirt Climb
Feb 3, 2023 @ 11:05am
2 days
Almost all dry now
Miner's Loop Connector
Feb 3, 2023 @ 3:05am
2 days
Manzanita Loop
Feb 3, 2023 @ 3:05am
2 days
Almost all dry now
Demaca Drop
Jan 21, 2023 @ 1:02am
Jan 21, 2023
Danger is My Buisness
Jan 21, 2023 @ 1:02am
Jan 21, 2023
Lots of loose rocks due to the recent rains
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