Bomb Dog Loop - Coldwater Mountain

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Trail

10.1 Miles 16.3 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

1,290' 393 m

Ascent

-1,295' -395 m

Descent

1,589' 484 m

High

727' 222 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

All Clear

8 days agoUpdate

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

Leslie Kehmeier

Overview

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.

Description

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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Lots of fun! 10mi
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Awesome trail, rocky but shallow climbs and long, smooth smooth downhill 14mi

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All Clear 8 days ago

Bil, I rode it in October last year and from my view you nailed it. The loose rock and eroded turns put a big damper on the fun factor. Rumor has it that the local gang is going through a leadership change and they are planning some upgrades this summer.?? Who knows. I prefer playing in Cloudland Canyon (slickenside), Tsali (Thompson Loop) or Raccoon Mountain over Coldwater.....at least until the trails are better maintained. Give Tannehill a try next time you are in the area. Cannonball is a hoot....but not long enough. Apr 5, 2015


Russ Gowan weve had to make a few adjustments, but there's dedicated trail crews that go through monthly and fix any problems. Jun 16, 2015


If you want "Downhill" I'd suggest you get a dirt bike! Sorry to be a prick about this, but building berms, smoothing out trails and creating a themepark in nature is something I'd prefer people do in the cities. Anyone can ride down hill, but not many can ride rough technical singletrack...uphill. I'd strongly like to believe that true "Mt. Bikers" actually would like to preserve and protect nature...not rip it up! Apr 20, 2016


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