3 miles
Distance
87 ft
Climb
-2,650 ft
Descent
01:09:44
Avg time

Blackrock Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • 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
  • Dogs Allowed
    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
    01:09:44
  • Avg reverse time
    01:57:46
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Status:
on Jun 16, 2019
Dry
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Variable
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • 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
  • 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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      Blackrock Trail Reports

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      Jun 16, 2019 @ 4:57pm
      Jun 16, 2019
      Amazing condition! No snow anymore.
      May 26, 2019 @ 9:20pm
      May 26, 2019
      Still lots of snow above tree line
      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!
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      Trail Lists

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag danny (Jul 24, 2015 at 15:40)
       Not for the faint of heart, but a very rewarding adventure ride.
      [Reply]
      • + 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?
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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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