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Bomb Dog Loop - Coldwater Mountain

 4.7 (59)

10.5 Miles 16.9 Kilometers



1,274' 388 m


-1,279' -390 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (10°)

1,589' 484 m


728' 222 m


Shared By Leslie Kehmeier


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

Leslie Kehmeier

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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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Sam Johnson
Newborn, GA
Sam Johnson   Newborn, GA
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
Sam Johnson
Newborn, GA
Sam Johnson   Newborn, GA
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
Stephen Dobek
Winston, GA
Stephen Dobek   Winston, GA
I was nervous about trying this after reading the warnings that said I’d need a full suspension and some serious rubber. In my opinion, formed over a very short time on a mountain bike, this is the most blue/black diamond trail I’ve ridden yet. The climbing is tough, the flatter flowy sections are great and the downhill is phenomenal. It’s intense, not impossible. I was grinning ear to ear at the end of the descent, and the climb back to the parking lot wiped that cocky smile right off my face. Just like any good climb should. There was maybe 1 or 2 rock drops on the downhill I needed to walk around, but it was a few seconds off the bike and I was back on my way. I did this on an aluminum hardtail that I put together for less than $500, running tubes, and didn’t blow a tire or destroy my frame. I live in West GA, this is about as far as blankets creek or Chicopee woods for me, but it will be hard to justify driving through Atlanta traffic when I know this beast is lurking out there in the Alabama hills. I’ll be back to ride Floyd’s trail asap. Nov 18, 2018

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