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Bomb Dog Loop - Coldwater Mountain

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10.1 Miles 16.3 Kilometers




1,290' 393 m


-1,295' -395 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (11°)

1,589' 484 m


727' 222 m



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The big loop at Coldwater, including two miles of phenomenal downhill flow trail.

Leslie Kehmeier


The Bomb Dog Loop might just be your favorite new ride. Part of the new developing trail system at Coldwater Mountain, this loop includes some of the newest technology in singletrack trails.

The loop is ridden in a clockwise direction and maximizes plenty of flow style downhill sections with berms, rollers and jumps.


The Bomb Dog loop starts at the Cold Springs Trailhead and uses the two-way trail until its intersection with the Bomb Dog trail itself.

The ride starts out on rollers from the trailhead, providing a good introduction to the kind of trail and forest that you'll encounter throughout the ride. After passing through the first optional section (left = harder, right = easier) there will be a three-way intersection (left takes you on Mama Bear and right takes you on Baby Bear). Continue straight and descend the east side of the Mama Bear loop and then climb gradually to an intersection with the Papa Bear loop. Stay left here and at the next intersection to rock the fun parts of the Papa Bear Trail.

Another left onto Bomb Dog gets you going on the longest stretch of singletrack on the ride.

Be prepared for contouring and climbing for a few miles through the Alabama hardwood forest. You might be surprised that such beautiful places existed in the South if you've never been before. Near the top of the climb you'll notice some beautiful rock outcroppings that are scattered intermittently throughout the landscape.

As the climb tops out you'll come across a new headstone on the left side of the trail. The memorial honors Floyd the Bomb dog, a beloved pet of an Anniston local.

From here get ready for one of the newest and best flow-style descents available anywhere. It's about two miles long and features plenty of rollers, camel and table-top jumps, and a handful of black diamond rated optional lines. This section of trail is very progressive and is super fun for riders of all abilities. Getting air is up to you!

After the big descent you'll keep the smile as you contour, climb and have another short descent. The final climb to finish the loop is nothing major and connects with the backside of Baby Bear, a nice cruiser finish to your favorite new ride.

History & Background

As you enjoy this fantastic outing, consider that IMBA-SORBA and the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association have helped drum up more than $700,000 in federal Recreational Trails Program spending at Coldwater Mountain, creating an amazing resource for mountain bikers in the southeastern US.


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Nov 19, 2017
John Budd
19.9mi — 4h 55m
Nov 18, 2017
Kenzie Milton
Sep 4, 2017
Joshua Shockley
Jan 15, 2017
Nathan Lindsay
Great trail! Up hills are not torture. Downhills are long and fun. 10.1mi
Jan 14, 2017
Roger Ekstrom
Everyone I ran into told me to add to the loop by going up the Talledega and coming back down the Chilowhee. These sections are totally worth it!!! 14.2mi — 2h 11m
Dec 28, 2016
Michael Hontanosas
Nov 22, 2016
Josh Harris
Nov 13, 2016
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Just rode Bomb Dog today. I just got back into Mt biking after an 8 year layoff so my perspective is that of a casual mt biker. I enjoyed the Cassidy trail. It's mostly uphill but the forest scenery is amazing. I really agree with the person who suggested tubeless tires and full suspension. I am riding a really old Cannondale hard tail. You really have to keep your eyes on the trail for sharp rock sections starting at Rock Slot. Bomb Dog was really fun. I had to ride very conservatively again because of a lot of sharp rocks and being fall, the leaf cover. There's a really nice view of the valley coming down the hill. There's a fork in the trail I got mixed up on after the 3 mile downhill section - just stay to the right. There's another nice flow section after this that was less technical I enjoyed. The last section is uphill for the last 2 miles. Overall the trail is great, but if you are casual mt biker like me, I think there is plenty of green trails out there that provide plenty of flow and fun downhill. I think someone told me there is about 8 miles of green trails. Nov 21, 2017
I cannot say enough good things about this trail. I raced back in the early 90's and then got away from biking for years. Its amazing all the new options that have come along and this one is at the top of my list. Back in my days Tsali was the mecca destination and this is just as good, better in many ways, but most of all just plain fun! Dec 25, 2017
WOW I just have to add one more thing to the commentary here. I realize this trail system may not be within everyones skill levels, although it is on the lower end of difficulty in my opinion. If you are calling yourself a mountain biker lets remember that trails go thru woods, and woods have roots, rocks, mud, etc... and God forbid, mountains with bigger rocks! Eeeek! This trail system is phenomenal, I am grateful to have it as I cannot afford to buy 7000 acres and construct a private smooth road like surface to ride my "off road bike" on. There are gravel roads and the Silver comet is right the corner for comatose riding experiences. Dec 25, 2017

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