3,645 ft
Distance
31 ft
Climb
-233 ft
Descent
00:05:50
Avg time
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Lightning Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Oak Mountain State Park
    Pelham, Alabama
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (7 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Machine Groomed
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    All Season
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #2708 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking

The trail starts with a test- a skinny with a 2 ft. drop to give you an idea of what you're getting into. This is optional, but recommended way to test how prepared you are for the trail ahead. Lots of Flow Immediately the trail drops into medium rollers and doubles, winding it's way back down the mountain with steep downhills, and a brief rolling climb. Lots of opportunities for big air. There is an optional drop 1/2 way down. The trail finishes in switchbacks coming down the mountain with some good berms.

Ideal bike: 5-6in Trail bike

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lightning mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -203 ft
  • Altitude min
    583 ft
  • Altitude max
    786 ft
  • Altitude start
    786 ft
  • Altitude end
    584 ft
  • Grade
    -5.6%
  • Grade max
    -15.9%
  • Grade min
    18.3%
  • Distance climb
    253 ft
  • Distance down
    3,264 ft
  • Distance flat
    128 ft
  • Avg time
    00:05:50
  • Avg reverse time
    00:19:51
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Status:
on Sep 2, 2023
Ideal
Avg: 4.75 (17 votes)
Your vote: 0

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Partial
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 14 rides
      • 25.8 km avg distance
      6 Months
      • 327 rides
      • 24.3 km avg distance
      All
      • 4,573 rides
      • Last: Feb 25, 2024

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      Mar 4, 2023 @ 9:10pm
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      Jul 24, 2020 @ 8:10pm
      Jul 24, 2020
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      Aug 31, 2018 @ 7:53pm
      Aug 31, 2018

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      First drop in years.
      0:16 | 1144 | Aug 29, 2017 , Pelham
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      2:38 | 1125 | Nov 1, 2012 , Pelham
      Oak Mountain
      1:14 | 425 | Sep 28, 2015 , Pelham
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