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4x4 (Long Branch / Green Mountain / Flat Creek)

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 3.8 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop is called 4×4 because it has four good climbs and four great downhills.


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11.7

Miles

18.9

KM

100%

Singletrack

2,696' 822 m

High

1,877' 572 m

Low

2,006' 612 m

Up

2,006' 611 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Overview

This route samples some great singletrack in the Aska Trail system. It doesn't surmount the highest climb on Stanley Gap Trail #165, but it will still give your legs and your lungs a great workout nonetheless.

Flat Creek Loop #165B is the highlight but this loop also covers the Long Branch Loop #165G and part of Green Mountain Trail #165D.

The whole loop is heavily forested, so you won't have any sweeping views, but on the other hand, you've got some protection from the sun.

Description

From the Shady Falls parking area take the Long Branch Connector #165F to the north. This begins the first climb to top of Green Mountain, the longest and steepest of the four climbs. The first climb continues onto Long Branch Connector #165F and then right onto Green Mountain Trail #165D proper. Long Branch Connector #165F is the most difficult part of this ride because of the overall steepness and the presence of roots and such.

Once you reach the top of Green Mountain, the Green Mountain Trail #165D takes you down to Deep Gap parking area. At Deep Gap parking area, you begin the Flat Creek Loop #165B. I'd recommend riding Flat Creek Loop in the shown counter-clockwise direction. The climb up to the highest point then is mostly a fairly wide, smooth singletrack and the grade is not as steep if climbing the other direction.

In the counter-clockwise direction then you've got the narrow singletrack with the roots and rocks to play on on the way down. It's a two mile trip with 800 ft of nearly continuous descent and you'll encounter a half dozen or so unnamed creek crossings along the way. An intermediate rider should be able to ride all the way down. The only downside Flat Creek Loop #165B is that once you reach the bottom, you've got about 400 ft of climbing to get out of Flat Creek Valley before a short descent back to Deep Gap.

Once you reach Deep Gap, begin the final climb back up to Green Mountain following you tracks on the Green Mountain Trail #165D and enjoy the fun descent on Long Branch Connector #165F. When you reach the Flat Creek Loop #165B, turn right to take the other branch of this trail back to your car at the Shady Falls parking area.

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Flat Creek Loop offers a number of opportunities to get your tires wet.
Jun 11, 2017 near Blue Ridge, GA
On the way up, go left to the top of Green Mountain.  On the way back also bear left which will take to toward the Lake.
Nov 3, 2013 near Blue Ridge, GA
This is taken from the Deep Gap parking lot off Aska Rd.  Thanks to the EMBA, the sign has been repaired.  The Flat Creek trail begins here.
Nov 3, 2013 near Blue Ridge, GA
Here's the split for the Long Branch loop.  I suggest and the map shows right.  You can go left since it's a loop.  The next turn is onto the Long Branch Connector.l
Nov 3, 2013 near Blue Ridge, GA

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Mar 28, 2020
Bryan Babb
Start @ Shady Falls, Long Branch Loop (easy), then Green Mntn Trail (ultra steep, rooty, hike-a-bike). Flowy fun down to Aska Rd. but E had a flat... 6mi — 1h 10m
Jun 29, 2019
Yesenia Stokes
Parked and dropped in @ Shady Falls parking. Amazing 2mile vertical climb up the mountain. Bike what you can and walk the rest. 6mi
Sep 2, 2017
Edward Gurley
Test ride 2015 Pivot Mach 4 on Long Branch trail. Awesomeness of the bikeness!!! 3.2mi
Jul 22, 2017
Travis Tindle
Aska trail
Jun 11, 2017
Lost Justpastnowhere
May 14, 2017
Michael Goetschl
Park at second marked trailhead.
Feb 21, 2017
Brian Frost
Oct 24, 2016
Greg Collette