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Shenandoah Mountain Trail

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Rank: #2 in George Washington National Forest
#20 in Virginia
#685 Overall
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“A long stretch of tight, twisty, smooth singletrack.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Apr 8, 2013
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15.1 Miles Singletrack Type 1,725’ Ascent -2,811’ Descent 1,965’ Low 3,485’ High
The Southern Traverse - IMBA Epic section of Shenandoah Mountain Trail singletrack picks up after a 4 mile fire road climb on Benson Run Rd (aka USFS 173) from Deerfield Valley. At the saddle, catch the trail heading south. The route will climb up towards the summit of the The Bump at 3634 feet. This section of singletrack has long straights that are tight, twisty and smooth with some super technical rock gardens scattered throughout.

The only intersection to worry about along the route is the Jerkemtight juncture. There are 2 different singletrack trails heading off the west side of the ridge and 3 jeep trails heading in different directions. Look for the 2 singletrack trails. The Shenandoah Mountain Trail is the one that heads more southerly. Marshall Draft trail in the one that drops straight down the western slope towards sugar tree road.

Continue on the Shenandoah Mountain Trail as it drops a bit to meet up with the ridge again. The route then skirts around North Sister Knob at an elevation of 3,292 feet and then coils up onto South Sister Knob at 3088. From here you'll begin a screaming 1,100 foot descent, some of the sweetest you've ever experienced. The trail ends at Scotchtown Draft - Route 627.
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PHOTOS of Shenandoah Mountain Trail
 4.5 from 2 votes
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