The ride starts with a fun, speedy downhill jump line on Deer Lake Lodge
as a nice warm-up for the 1000+ foot, rocky, four mile ascent up Wolf Branch
and Ingles Field Gap
. After another mile, climb up Northern Boundary
you'll reach the top (3300ft) at the start of Green's Lick
. Two mile descent down Green's Lick
leads to a short climb up Sidehill
and Little Hickory Top
. A five mile descent down Ingles Field Gap
, Wolf Branch
, and Hard Times Connector
leads you back to the parking lot to end the ride.
Bidirectional multi-use trail system. Downhill speeds can be 30+ mph in some sections so be aware of your surroundings if you're climbing. It's a popular trail for hikers and dogs.
The trail starts at the Wesley Branch Trailhead parking lot heading northeast on Deer Lake Lodge
, a mile long warm-up run with a few small tables to get some air on. Take the left fork where Deer Lake Lodge
intersects with Wolf Branch
to start the 4.5 mile ascent to the top.
is a 1.2 mile long rocky climb that covers 300 feet in elevation and ends at Ledford Branch Road
. Take a right at this intersection and continue north on Ledford
Branch for 1/3 of a mile until the intersection of Ingles Field Gap
on the left.
Ingles Field Gap
is roughly two miles of the steepest and most technical climb of the ride that covers almost 500 feet of elevation. Ingles Field Gap
ends at "Five Points," a great resting/regroup point where it intersects with four other trails.
Take the fire road to the right of Little Hickory Top
and continue the 1.1 mile climb up Northern Boundary
to highest point of the ride (3300 feet above sea level). Northern Boundary
is a very rocky, overgrown fire road that covers 400 feet of elevation and leads to Green's Lick
, the start of the best part of the ride, the DOWNHILL! (You've earned it!) Make sure your brakes and safety gear are in full working order at this point because you're going to need them!
is a two mile descent and by far the best part of the ride. Speeds can get close to 30 mph in the later sections and your brakes will get a good workout here. Green's Lick
is not overly technical, just super rocky with a great high speed jumps. Take a left where Green's Lick
ends at the intersection with Sidehill
and Laurel Branch Road
starts with a tough 10% grade, 0.6 mile, 300 foot climb and finishes with a fast 0.3 mile downhill section. This trail has a few spring crossings and intersects with Sidehill
Road and Little Hickory Top
at the end. Take the left option and continue back up to Five Points on Little Hickory Top
Little Hickory Top
is the last major ascent of the ride and climbs up 200 feet over a mile and rewards you with a speedy 0.1 mile downhill that leads back to Five Points. Easily the tamest climb of the ride, very rocky but not that steep or technical.
At the Five Points intersection, take the first trail on the right to start the Ingles Field Gap
descent. This part of the ride is not the fastest (25mph+) but by far the most technical. Tons of rocks, roots and high speed jumps will have you choosing your lines wisely and giving yet another decent workout to your brakes. Take a right on Ledford Branch Road
at the end of Ingles Field Gap
and take a left onto Wolf Branch
after 1/3 of a mile.
is a 1.2 mile, 300 foot rocky ascent and that has two faster downhill sections where speeds can reach 25 mph but it's not as technical as Ingles Field Gap
. Take the left option where Wolf Branch
intersects with Deer Lake Lodge
and continue 0.2 mile until the trail intersects with Hard Times Connector
Hard Times Connector
ends the ride and is a short climb followed by a short speedy downhill that connects you out to the parking area. The least technical part of the ride and downhill speeds slightly over 20 mph. Take a right where Hard Times Connector
ends and take a left on Wesley Branch Road. The parking lot and trailhead are 1/2 mile ahead on the right.