4 miles
Distance
649 ft
Climb
-650 ft
Descent
1,212 ft
High Point

RiderS at Blowing Springs quickly discover that they can hit rock drops, roll up and over challenging rocks, or shred down flowing trails after paying a small fee called pedaling. The great thing is that no matter which loop you choose, you can have all of these things--and more.

Many riders won't notice the most technical elements of Blowing Springs, because they lie on alternate paths that aren't as well-worn as the main trails. Sometimes that's a good thing, because a few can get hairy for the novice.

Regardless of your riding level, all the trails demand your full attention. You can set out to improve your skills, to have fun--or both. While looking at the scenery is encouraged, please stop to enjoy that overlook or overhanging bluff line, rather than becoming part of it.

To start with a gradual climb warm-up and then a couple of fun descents in the first two miles, start at the front lot on the right before you reach the RV Park gatehouse. Near the kiosk, between the large rocks, ride up the hill. Follow the signs that say Blowing Springs Loop.

The first descent is a fun, flowing downhill that ends up at a small drop and a rock garden. After that small drop, when there’s a choice for left or right, stay right to avoid potential trouble. More advanced riders might want to go back and session the more difficult elements.

As the trail heads back up the hill, it runs next to large, moss-covered boulders near the top, and rocks make the rider earn the next descent. Shorter than the first, this descent is just as much fun and ends with a choice of a two-foot drop onto a smooth transition, or a curve. Less advanced riders will not accidentally go off the drop.

Riders continue along more flowing, hand-cut singletrack and end up at a kiosk. Just beyond it, the trail leads into the woods again.

This starts the longest climb in the Blowing Springs system, but it never gets very steep. The rider is rewarded with a long, flowing descent back down to long, flat rocks that stay wet and slippery longer than the rest of the trail.

A shorter climb and a shorter descent ends with a curve to the right that offers some exposure, and views to the left when the leaves are off. A rocky ride with roots leads to the highest point on the trail, lined with old cedar trees.

From that highest point, the trail goes downhill sharply and over a large, steep rock that tests skills in both directions. Sharp switchbacks finish the loop back at the parking lot.

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More Stats for Blowing Springs Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
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  • Altitude min
    1,014 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,016 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,015 ft
  • Grade
    -0.002%
  • Grade max
    -30.171%
  • Grade min
    34.842%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    505 ft
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