MTB Project Home Sign in with Facebook
or Login with Email

BEST OF PHOTOS PHONE APPS FORUM DEALS search

Lookout Mountain Loop

Consensus:    (details)
 5.0 from 6 votes
  Intermediate from 2 votes
Your Opinion:
Stars:  
Rating: -none- change
Rank: #2 in Bridgewater
#2 in Virginia
#21 Overall
Featured Ride near ,  
“This ride has a 3 mile singletrack descent with plenty of rock.”
Paul Stahlschmidt on Aug 6, 2013
Getting There     GPX File     Print
13.1 Miles 50% Singletrack 1,681’ Ascent -1,684’ Descent 1,591’ Low 2,664’ High
Overview
1:53 average ride time for 13.5 miles. Details

This ride has a bit of everything including easy climbing, fast descents and technical rocky areas. It has one large rerouted section that is one of the highlights of the ride. There are some nice views on exposed ridgelines and a great overlook near the finish.
Need To Know
The ride uses a segment of the Oak Mountain Trail, a 25.6 mi loop. The OMT, designated a National Recreation Trail, traverses many of the ridgetops in the North River area.

There are plenty of accommodations nearby, but if camping, it's hard to beat the ride in/ride out option at Todd Lake Recreation Area which has showers and flush toilets. Campsites are first-come first served here though (no reservations).
Description
This ride starts at the trailhead for Wild Oak Trail on Forest Road 95. Ride west from there and stay left (continuing on the pavement) near Todd Lake. You’ll eventually start descending and reach the intersection with FR 96B. Ride through the campground and look for the gated road on the left, Hankey Mountain Road - FSR 425.

At the top of the doubletrack climb, you’ll be at a well-marked intersection with the Wild Oak Trail. If you're looking for more mileage, you can take a right here and ride on the doubletrack to Hankey Mountain. This ride stays left, following the Wild Oak Trail - Lookout Mountain. From this intersection the ride follows some old roads and a fairly wide corridor along the ridge for about 1.5 miles.

The next 1.5 miles have been rerouted to west side of the ridge (skirting Lookout Mountain’s main peak). Here, you’ll ride through some very progressively-built trail that passes through small boulderfields and a lot of rock. When this merges back on the ridge of Lookout Mountain the experience changes again as you’ll be on exposed ridgelines and eventually start a long descent.

The final descent off of Lookout drops about 800 feet in 3 miles and gets crazy fast in some sections. The trail gets into a plush forest as it gets closer to the North River. There are many technical sections here with some mossy slick rocks in places.

Don’t miss the intersection for an overlook that forks left off of the main trail. This takes you to a cliffside with great views of the North River, Skidmore Fork, and Trimble Mountain.

At the bottom of the descent, you’ll arrive at a suspension bridge, and after crossing the river here you’ll have just a short bit of trail to finish the ride. Take a right on the pavement to the starting point.
History & Background
Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) continues to make a huge impact on trails all over the Harrisonburg, VA region and particularly in the George Washington National Forest. Through SVBC's model partnership with the USFS, some amazing results have been produced. SVBC's work in the North River District of GWNF is ongoing, with the club maintaining even the remotest of trails. Also, monetary contributions secured through the RTP and other sources have funded projects a grand scale and optimized the riding experience.
Problem Solvers - Mismatch Adaptors
$29.95
17% off
$24.95
at Jenson USA
Life Is Good - Womens Essential Tee
$26.00
50% off
$12.99
at Jenson USA
Castelli - Competitive Cyclist SC Race Day...
$69.95
50% off
$34.98
at Competitive Cyclist
Marzocchi - 55 RC3 Evo V.2 Ti Fork 2013
$1049.00
30% off
$734.30
at Jenson USA
Sugoi - MidZero Bib Tights NC - Men's - Men's
$119.95
50% off
$59.98
at Competitive Cyclist
Royal Racing - Royal Blast Shorts
$109.95
45% off
$59.99
at Jenson USA
Royal Racing - Royal Signature Short 2013
$119.95
42% off
$69.95
at Jenson USA
HED - Stinger 4 Carbon Wheel - Tubular
$1150.00
50% off
$575.00
at Backcountry
The North Face - Hyper-Track GuideTrail Ru...
$129.95
50% off
$64.97
at Competitive Cyclist
Gore Bike Wear - Xenon SO Thermo Gloves
$79.95
20% off
$63.96
at Backcountry
Campagnolo - Super Record 11 Rear Derailleur
$559.95
25% off
$419.00
at Competitive Cyclist
Control Tech - Race-Sl Wheel Skewers
$54.00
11% off
$48.00
at Jenson USA
MTB Project scours dozens of stores to
bring you the best bike deals!
Forecasting the weather...
Recent Conditions
Mar 22
Some snow in north-facing slopes, ridgetop in great shape.
Mar 16
dry
Add a Condition Report | View All »
COMMENTS
OTHER RIDES NEAR HERE
5.0 (6)
Ridge-top riding, progressively built trail, outstanding two mile descent...t...
near Bridgewater, VA
4.6 (5)
Big mountain singletrack on the east coast - 3,000 feet of climbing for coura...
near Craigsville, VA
4.0 (1)
The first 1/3 of the ride is fireroad and pavement (long climb) then two grea...
near Weyers Cave, VA

GEAR YOU NEED
YOU AND THIS RIDE
Your To-Do List: Not on it   Add it! | Your Full List »
Your Check-Ins:
  -none-
Add a New Check-In | View All »

Share This Page
Improve This Page
Add Photo or Map Symbol
Edit Description or GPS track

PHOTOS of Lookout Mountain Loop
 4.0 from 4 votes
Optional lines on newly rerouted trail (Mount Crawford, VA)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Suspension Bridge over North River (Bridgewater, VA)
© 2014 Adventure Projects, LLC Terms | Privacy | About Us