7 miles
Distance
1,491 ft
Climb
-1,492 ft
Descent
5,224 ft
High Point

In the wake of recent trail closures, this route is the best way to ride the remaining trails in the Wakina Sky area of the South Hills. Note that the Bum's Rush portion of the Black Forest Trail crosses private lands, and future access is unsecured. Regular trail maintenance can't be assumed, and watch out for fallen trees. Please ride respectfully, and cross the bottom of the gulch onto Grizzly Gulch Road quickly and quietly.

The climb to the top of Stairway to Heaven isn't too bad, although the last fall line pitch feels steeper than it looks. Get ready to work for the climb on the other side, though. The climb to the top of the Black Forest and Bum's Rush is a lung-buster.

This route starts and ends at the Park Avenue Building parking lot.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    3
More Stats for Wakina Sky: Stairway - Bum's Rush mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,148 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,149 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,148 ft
  • Grade
    -0.002%
  • Grade max
    -39.546%
  • Grade min
    31.517%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,432 ft
Avg: 3 (1 votes)
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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Stairway To Heaven Trail - Upper
Oct 19, 2018 @ 4:29pm
3 days
Some mud and pockets of snow on sides of trail but clear. Wakina climb had some ice patches.
Wakina Sky Road
Oct 14, 2018 @ 10:30am
Oct 14, 2018
Thin snow, melt cycle with mud.
Wakina Gully/Skills Course
Oct 13, 2018 @ 10:11am
Oct 13, 2018
3-5” snow (fresh tracks)
Wakina Sky Trail
Oct 13, 2018 @ 10:11am
Oct 13, 2018
First tracks in 6” of snow.
West Main Street
Oct 9, 2018 @ 3:30pm
Oct 9, 2018
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