Where to Ride Near Salem
The Blackrock trails are located in Dept. of Forestry land. The trail system is Oregon's first sanctioned freeride area. These trails have dirt jumps, ladder rides, drops and jumps, log rides, and a 12-13' cliff drop. It is a three mile climb gaining 1,300 ft. of elevation to the peak. But don't be discouraged, there are various trails to choose from on the climb up to make for a shorter climb. There is constant trail maintenence & construction so please inspect stunts before riding. The stunts are moderately difficult depending on your skill level, however paths around each obstacle are provided for those who wish to skip a given section. The Blackrock Trails have almost 1000 acres of land we can build on. If you are interested in working on an existing trail, or wish to found your own, please do not build without permission. There is a proceedure to follow: click on the picture to the left for instructions. This land is for our use on a trial basis, and we will continue to have use of it as long as we respect it and the rules that have been set.
Location: Falls City: 3 miles upriver
Length: 6 miles (round trip)
Current Conditions: See NOAA.com
Directions: First stop by Santiam Bicycle and get a printed trail map to help navigate the many trails. Head West on 22 out of Salem and drive into Dallas. Follow signs in Dallas to Falls City. Once in Falls City drive West on the main road through town. When you come to the bridge, do not cross it, turn right and continue up the hill. At the crest of the hill, turn left onto the dirt road and mark your odometer. You will follow the river three miles, crossing it once, and will turn right just past the "Camp Tapawingo" sign. Cross over the bridge and park on the right. Please read the signs at the parking area and please be respectful of the property. It is with the cooperation of Camp Tapawingo that we are allowed to ride here. Keep your music down and don't litter. Do not drive past the gate. Ride through/around the gate, past the field and take the middle road uphill. Keep riding uphill and do not go up roads marked private property. From this point, you will need a map, a guide, or a desire to explorer.
The Silver Creek Falls trails are a network of incredibly beautiful trails that include marked paved trails on the North side of Hwy 214, the Perimeter trail, and many horse trails on the South side of Hwy 214. Horses are not allowed on the Perimeter trail, and bicycles are not allowed on dirt trails on the North side. There will hopefully soon be a singletrack trail added to the top of the Perimeter trail to connect to the Shelberg Falls trails. The two Forestry divisions are currently discussing the possibility.
Location: Silver Creek Falls State Park
Length: Depends on routes chosen
Type: Cross Country
Difficulty: Low technical difficulty, moderately difficult climbing
Current conditions: See NOAA.com
Directions: From Salem, drive East out of Salem on Hwy 22 to Hwy 214 and follow 214 into Silver Creek Falls State Park. Take the right turn into the park and be sure to get a map of the Perimeter trail from the freindly ranger in the booth after paying your $3 day permit fee. We recommended you park at North Falls and ride underneath Hwy 214 to begin the climb up. The trail has rollercoaster climbs and decents. Turn around after you finish the big climb full of switch-backs and ride back to your vehicle. There is an extensive network of trails here and it is recommended to ride with someone who knows the trails well.