4,888 ft
Distance
-865 ft
Descent
00:11:22
Avg time

50 Shades of Black Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    BikePark Wales
    Abercanaid
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Garden, Other
  • Global Ranking
    #13558 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    10 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
  • Land Manager

"50 Shades of Black is named after the vast variety of terrain, surface and feature type all found within this single black trail. 50 shades is the longest and gnarliest black trail at BikePark Wales, it features a mix of hand cut and machine built sections as well as huge boulder fields, roots, jumps and plenty of Dirt (or mud if it's wet). This one is for experts only." - Bike Park Wales

Bike Park

More Stats for 50 Shades of Black mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -865 ft
  • Altitude min
    708 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,573 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,573 ft
  • Altitude end
    709 ft
  • Grade
    -17.7%
  • Grade max
    -41.9%
  • Grade min
    -0.4%
  • Distance down
    4,806 ft
  • Distance flat
    82 ft
  • Avg time
    00:11:22
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Status:
Avg: 3.85 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 4 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      All
      • 151 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      Jan 15, 2020 @ 2:03pm
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      Aug 16, 2017 @ 2:08pm
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      May 8, 2017 @ 12:55pm
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      Jul 6, 2016 @ 8:38am
      Jul 6, 2016

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag ADhGuy (Apr 8, 2015 at 7:31)
       This is by far the best trail at BPW, bigger and gnarlier than the others and is so much fun, the shear number of rocks, roots and ruts will have you grinning from ear to ear by the end. A downtube guard is recommended as rocks do get chucked up and if you're running tubes expect a puncture at some point. Can see the BDS racing here in the future!!!
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      • + 2
      flag Tidy-Like (Aug 10, 2015 at 2:10)
       I would agree, this is a big step up from the other trails in BPW. Large drops and gaps onto rocks and roots, no chiken runs here. It has it all if you are looking for something a little bit more technical. It's full on all the way down. Great fun.
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