Black Diamond Coal Mine

Black Diamond, Washington 98010

Black Diamond Coal Mine

Black Diamond Coal Mine Professional Review and Guide

"Located on the edge of the historical town of Black Diamond, the Coal Mine trails weave and bob around the south end of Lake Sawyer, Frog Lake, and Ravensdale Creek. Mountain bikers will find a circuit of trails rambling through clearcuts, a thick forest of Douglas fir, vine and big-leaf maple, alder, thistle, spring gold, western yew, mountain ash, blackberry bramble, cedar, spruce, and more blackberries.

The turns are plentiful, the singletrack is creamy smooth, and the terrain is mild. Open year-round and relatively dry compared with Victor Falls after several days of rain, the Coal Mine trails are excellent for improving steering skills and building stamina. Trail surface: Old railroad grade, singletrack, roots, rocks, and logs."

Black Diamond Coal Mine Reviews

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The trails are nice and plenty of them. I was not out long maybe an hour or so. The trails are well marked in my mind, and there is plenty to do. not as wide of the trails as I like especially for areas where there are hikers and horses, so do watch for them.
A variety of difficulties available. Some level; some steep. There are even more trails on the east side of 169 as well. Since this property is al privately owned, you''''''''re supposed to go to the Palmer Coking Coal Company IN PERSON at the south end of the trails and get annual permission to ride there. And you have to do that on a weekday to make sure the correct individual is there. That''''''''s not mentioned anywhere in the literature.
The map of this trail is completely inaccurate as it shows the old railbed going in a straight line from Four Corners to Black Diamond. In fact less than a mile south of 288th the railbed disappears in a tangle of forested trails, obviously used by mountain bikers, which are very beautiful but very hard to identify. I spent four hours wandering the Coal Mine Park and as I had a compass and knew that the area was bounded by SR169, Lake Sawyer, 288th and Black Diamond I was not too worried about being completely lost. If the weather had been bad or darkness falling it would have been a different story. I did meet one mountain biker who was as baffled as I was about the disappearance of the main trail. Many of the trails have been marked by bicyclists with colored tape but without a guide as to what the colors mean they are not much use to a hiker. If you are comfortable with wandering about until you find the exit, these trails are very easy, absolutely gorgeous in many places and (see above) not over-used.

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Trail Information

Black Diamond
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
2 to 3 hours
Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Black Diamond
Local Maps