Bomb Dog Loop - Coldwater Mountain

 42 votes

10.1 Miles 16.3 Kilometers



1,290' 393 m


-1,295' -395 m


1,589' 484 m


727' 222 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (11°)

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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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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
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Nov 22, 2016
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Minor Issues 38 days ago
Dry, Fallen Trees - Overgrown but still fun
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Trails were in good condition. If you just experience the Bomb Dog you are missing out. Adding parts of Talledega and Chilowhee is a must that will provide you with extra variety and scenery. Many riders advised me to go up Talledega and down Chilohwee. Great advice! I like it better than Tanasi in TN, the Bull/Jake Mountain area, and Bear Creek in north GA (they were good but not this good). Jan 18, 2017

The MTB Project needs to update the map of Coldwater Mountain!!! Your missing a lot of new trail! Apr 19, 2017

Some advise from a local: * Full Suspension is Highly recommended when riding Coldwater, any of the 38 miles(as of April 2017) will be drastically more fun with both wheels absorbing the bumps. * Reinforced sidewalls, preferably Tubeless, is "Highly Recommended". Mid-Fats and Full Fat Tires are not exempt from the occasional "Hatchet Rock" embedded in the tread path, so keep that in mind. contd. Apr 19, 2017

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