3 miles
Distance
87 ft
Climb
-2,650 ft
Descent
01:11:11
Avg time

Blackrock Details

  • Riding Area
    Bow Valley
    Alberta
  • AKA
    Black Rock
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #3801 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #9 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    1990
  • Land Manager

This ride will blow your mind. Depending on the bike of choice, the climb is mostly rideable to tree-line, but becomes a hike up through steeper and looser rocks. Keep pushing through the crux of the trail and climb up through the weakness in the cliffband. The trail snakes its way up to the upper plateau to the base of the summit block. Point your bike down and enjoy surfing the scree, and enjoying the flow of the trail.

TL;DR: This is a well-established hiking trail that leads up to an abandoned fire lookout. Cool views.

Access Info

From the 1A highway west of Cochrane, follow the #40 Forestry Trunk road north for approximately 25.5km’s. Turn west on the Ghost River TransAlta dirt road, continue on another 15.5km. The 2013 floods wiped out all roads and trail markers used for reference to find the trail. The trail starts by heading up the bank to a lower point along the outer bend of the river, and then heading West up a short steep hill to find the trail.

More Stats for Blackrock bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,563 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,161 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,724 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,724 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,161 ft
  • Grade
    -16.589%
  • Grade max
    -63.745%
  • Grade min
    45.714%
  • Distance climb
    855 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    458 ft
  • Avg time
    01:11:11
  • Avg reverse time
    01:57:46
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Status:
on Aug 12, 2018
Dry
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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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 or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to blackrock-32883 trailhead (51.334795, -115.168079)
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Blackrock Trail Reports

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Aug 12, 2018 @ 9:24pm
Aug 12, 2018
All good with the exception of one tree down about 150 vertical meters up the trail. Cut the main branches off but a chainsaw will likely be...
May 22, 2018 @ 7:17am
May 22, 2018
Top-to-bottom is prime!
Aug 1, 2016 @ 10:21pm
Aug 1, 2016
in great shape!
Mar 23, 2016 @ 4:06pm
Mar 23, 2016
Cleared the fallen trees at the bottom of the trail. There are still lots of icy patches inside the tree line.
Mar 14, 2016 @ 4:12pm
Mar 14, 2016
The trail still has a lot of packed ice on it. The ice slows down the flow. I would wait a few weeks before making the drive out there. There...
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4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag danny (Jul 24, 2015 at 15:40)
 Not for the faint of heart, but a very rewarding adventure ride.
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  • + 1
flag zachbergamin (Jun 18, 2016 at 15:45)
 Thanks danny. Looking fwd to checking out this year. Planning on doing it after a shift one day...how long do you reckon it takes round way?
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  • + 2
flag danny (Jun 19, 2016 at 6:29)
 budget for a 3+ hour ride, and the approach to get there from Calgary is 1.5-2 hours of driving, so not a quick one. Very worth it though.
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  • + 1
flag zachbergamin (Jul 3, 2016 at 19:40)
 thank danny! I live in Banff so still a bit of a drive but less so! Cheers !
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