3,858 ft
Distance
52 ft
Climb
-251 ft
Descent
00:07:15
Avg time
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Lightning Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Oak Mountain State Park
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (6 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Machine Groomed
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    All Season
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #2708 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 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
    -201 ft
  • Altitude min
    583 ft
  • Altitude max
    784 ft
  • Altitude start
    784 ft
  • Altitude end
    584 ft
  • Grade
    -5.2%
  • Grade max
    -19.6%
  • Grade min
    30.9%
  • Distance climb
    259 ft
  • Distance down
    3,323 ft
  • Distance flat
    279 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:15
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:21
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Status:
on Aug 21, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 5 (13 votes)
Your vote: 0

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Lightning Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 16 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 420 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,418 rides
      • Last: Oct 1, 2022

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      18 |
      Sep 4, 2022 @ 2:30pm
      Sep 4, 2022
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      Jul 24, 2020 @ 8:10pm
      Jul 24, 2020
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      Aug 31, 2018 @ 7:53pm
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      572 |
      Nov 10, 2014 @ 6:41am
      Nov 10, 2014

      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      JDCMTB2007 (Aug 24, 2022 at 18:15)
      Definitely the most fun trail at the state park. Super fast and flowy and littered with jumps.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      TreyChristensen (Sep 27, 2021 at 15:48)
      Definitely a single black.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Olemanmtb (Dec 13, 2019 at 18:12)
      Wish there was a shuffle up as only had time for one run down. What a hoot it was????
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Bubblegumwuff (Oct 15, 2019 at 19:04)
      A great mtb trail, probably my favorite in alabama
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      manglermixer (Oct 13, 2018 at 5:00)
      What they said, single black trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      marcvane (Aug 30, 2018 at 11:53)
      Really fun single diamond...
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      cdraper122 BUMP (Jul 30, 2018 at 18:10)
      This is a single diamond trail
      [Reply]





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      First drop in years.
      0:16 | 1033 | Aug 29, 2017 , Birmingham
      oak mtn lightning trail
      2:38 | 1050 | Nov 1, 2012 , Birmingham
      Oak Mountain
      1:14 | 399 | Sep 28, 2015 , Birmingham
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