There's much more to Oregon than its quiet coffee shop scene and craft beer breweries. If you're seeking some off the grid adventures, we have just the thing. Black Rock Intro Loop has wild hiking and mountain biking ramps to give you a boost of adrenaline.

You'll find the wooden trails just outside of Falls City a little over 30 minutes southeast of Salem. Black Rock was once a logging camp.

To get there, you will need to take a trail at the east end of the Lava Lands Visitor Center.

These topsy-turvy pathways created the elevation changes for winding bike paths through the forest.

It's a great place to delve into your inner freerider and play with gravity. 

While it's well off the beaten path, it's certainly worth the trek. You'll get to explore an entire collection of trails nestled into a fern-covered forest.

There's plenty of jumps, ladders, and fun to go around!

Just make sure to come prepared.

The route is rated difficult, since it's 9.6 miles roundtrip, many elevation changes, and a steep downgrade ranging from nine to thirty-seven percent.

If you're more in the mood for a hike, there are also plenty of trails nearby ranging from easy to difficult.

You'll catch plenty of views along the way of the nearby river and snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Black Rock Trail offers a moderate 4.2 mile point to point hike with jaw-dropping sights. This beautiful, smooth pathway runs along an old lava trail that's easy to follow.

It ends at the Deschutes River where you can cool down and take a dip. You could even pack a picnic and sit along the river banks if you'd like.

Whether you're looking for an adrenaline rush or a soothing retreat to get in touch with nature, Black Rock has what you're looking for.

Black Rock Intro Loop & Black Rock Trail

Price: $10 park entrance fee

Location: Deschutes National Forest, OR

Why You Should Go: You can take wild hiking and mountain biking with ramps in Oregon.


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