The first half of the Black Mountain trail features steep and narrow rooty sections along with a small rock garden. The bottom half is a little less steep with a creek gap jump. The creek below is full of jagged rocks and the gap should not be tried if you don't know what you're doing. The ride starts with a fireroad climb, the ride is not that strenuous but it is a grind with a bit of hike-a-bike towards the top. Beginners will probably feel that the ride is too challenging, more experienced riders should be able to tackle nearly everything the trail has to offer. The terrain has some drops, water bars, roots, and rocks.
The ride is very scenic which is an added bonus for this great trail, it should be on your must ride list!
One of my favorite trails of all time. The first half features steep and narrow root sections along with a small rock garden. The bottom half is a little less steep with a creek gap. The creek below is full of jagged rocks and the gap should not be tried if you don't know what you're doing.
This is what singletracks.com says about this trail:
This ride is also known as the "Clawhammer". It's an amazing ride especially if you like technical singletracks. It's a tough (mostly gravel road) climb for over 7 miles, the last 1.5 of which is mostly pushing (unless you got crazy technical skills). But it is worth it for the amazing cliff-top view from clawhammer mountain, AND for the awesome 1900 vertical foot downhill. The downhill is very rocky and rooty with plenty of waterbars. Very fun and worth the climb!
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