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“A fun technical ride with long fire road climbs and steep, technical downhill sections.”
John Gulyas on Feb 4, 2013
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9.6 Miles 75% Singletrack 1,449’ Ascent -1,446’ Descent 1,180’ Low 2,019’ High
Overview
A great ride if you don't want to beat yourself with steep climbs, but still want the exercise. The downhills can be steep and technical and you'll certainly be off the back of your saddle in some areas.
Need To Know
The top of Hemlock Tunnel is a bunch of really loose, really sharp rock. Bring extra tubes or be running tubeless!
Description
Going out 4 Gorge is a nice warm-up for this ride. Once you're at the intersection of 4 Gorge and Brushy Mountain fire road, turn right and start your climb! There are a couple of really nice over looks from the fire road so when you take a break for water or whatnot, be sure to enjoy the views!

Once you're at the trailhead for Hemlock Tunnel, get ready for some great switchbacks and steep, technical descents! Once at the bottom, you're in for some nice, fairly easy singletrack riding with a couple of creek crossings. When you come to the end of Hemlock Tunnel, turn left and start climbing back up the mountain on more fire road until you get to Comet.

The start of Comet is a bit like Hemlock Tunnel, just not as steep and a bit wider. There are a couple of quick, steep climbs coming out of Comet so you'll definitely get your heart rate back up. At the intersection of Comet and Tuckaway, you have the option to continue straight on Comet which is a pretty easy ride, turn left and go back up the mountain on Tuckaway, or turn right and finish out Tuckaway and ride the moderately easy lower trails.
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PHOTOS of Upper Left Loop
 3.0 from 2 votes
Top of Comet (Troutville, VA)
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Top trail head of Hemlock Tunnel. (Troutville, VA)
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Bottom of Hemlock Tunnel (Troutville, VA)
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Trail intersection of Tuckaway and Comet (Troutville, VA)
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