Lookout Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,612' 491 m
Descent: -1,618' -493 m
High: 2,657' 810 m
Low: 1,592' 485 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“This ride has a 3 mile singletrack descent with plenty of rock.”— Paul Stahlschmidt
There are plenty of accommodations nearby, but if camping, it's hard to beat the ride in/ride out option at Todd Lake Recreation Area which has showers and flush toilets. Campsites are first-come first served here though (no reservations).
At the top of the doubletrack climb, youll be at a well-marked intersection with the Wild Oak Trail. If you're looking for more mileage, you can take a right here and ride on the doubletrack to Hankey Mountain. This ride stays left, following the Wild Oak Trail - Lookout Mountain. From this intersection the ride follows some old roads and a fairly wide corridor along the ridge for about 1.5 miles.
The next 1.5 miles have been rerouted to west side of the ridge (skirting Lookout Mountains main peak). Here, youll ride through some very progressively-built trail that passes through small boulderfields and a lot of rock. When this merges back on the ridge of Lookout Mountain the experience changes again as youll be on exposed ridgelines and eventually start a long descent.
The final descent off of Lookout drops about 800 feet in 3 miles and gets crazy fast in some sections. The trail gets into a plush forest as it gets closer to the North River. There are many technical sections here with some mossy slick rocks in places.
Dont miss the intersection for an overlook that forks left off of the main trail. This takes you to a cliffside with great views of the North River, Skidmore Fork, and Trimble Mountain.
At the bottom of the descent, youll arrive at a suspension bridge, and after crossing the river here youll have just a short bit of trail to finish the ride. Take a right on the pavement to the starting point.
Local Club: Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
May 22, 2019: 5/24: Bike, Run, Sweat & Beers
Apr 5, 2019: Connect Our Schools Update and Action Needed
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests