Black Hill West is a relatively new addition to the MoCo MORE inventory. Flagged by veteran trail boss Dave Magill and trail liaison Rick Meyer the trail offers a new alternate route along the west side of Little Seneca Lake.
The work on the trail was performed by Montgomery Parks with the help of MORE. Volunteers. Led by Rick Meyer, volunteers completed the 6 miles of new and re-routed trail in anticipation of the 2016 MoCo Epic. The new trail, which uses the contour around Little Seneca Lake, will be featured in the 25, 55, and 75 rides in the MoCoEpic in October.
The trail is a relatively easy track that flows superbly through the topography around the perimeter of the lake. The majority of users have welcomed the trail with accolades, but a small subset of MoCo veterans has expressed a little displeasure that the new trail has done away with most of the elevation that this portion of Black Hill was known for. There are no more lung bursting and thigh crushing climbs to challenge riders, instead, riders can expect a challenging ribbon with lots of flow and plenty of gradual elevation changes to satisfy virtually all riders.
The new trail connects with the Hoyles Mill and Cool Spring Run trails to make a new loop ride in Black Hill Regional Park.
The official ribbon cursing ceremony for the trail will take place in the summer of 2016. As with all trail in Montgomery County, the Black Hills West trail is multi use, expect to see hikers and equestrian enthusiasts also enjoying the new trail.
The trail is blazed blue and easy to follow.