To commence this cycling escapade, take Blackstrap Rd from Portland. After staying to the right at the corner with Babbidge Rd, drive another 0.7 miles to reach the small trailhead. Park on the right and gear up; the trail entrance is conveniently located on the left.
The blue trail offers an "out and back" route but adds flavor with diverging sections that can turn your return into a slightly different experience. Additionally, a one-mile "jug handle" exists—known as the white trail. However, this segment was still under construction as of July 2014.
For a day rich in variety and challenge, consider coupling this trail with the main trails at Blackstrap Preserve. A double-track fast route connects these two trailheads, starting from Hurricane Rd, adding layers of dynamism to your ride.
As one rider puts it, "There is something for everyone here." That sums up the beauty of this trail system. Its design caters to riders who appreciate high banks, thrilling descents, and a bit of route flexibility. The maintenance level is commendable, and local bike shops often recommend it, attesting to its quality.Blackstrap Preserve's 5-mile blue trail offers an exhilarating blend of speed, maneuvering, and natural beauty, making it an unmissable experience for any intermediate-level cyclist. Whether tackling it alone or pairing it with Blackstrap Preserve's main trails, satisfaction is almost guaranteed.