Braley's Pond & Confederate Breastworks Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,753' 839 m
Descent: -2,758' -841 m
High: 3,265' 995 m
Low: 1,974' 602 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“The first 1/3 of the ride is fireroad and pavement (long climb) then two great singletrack downhills”— Shenandoah Bicycle
Public toilets are available at the Mountain House which is at the base of the paved climb. You'll pass this spot again after the first long descent down the Road Hollow Trail.
Take a right on Route 250. On this section of paved road there will be high speed road traffic but once you begin the climb on the paved road the traffic speed slows down significantly.
At the top of the paved climb enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains to the west. There are public toilets at this parking area and by the toilets is the trailhead for Shenandoah Mountain Trail.
Once on the Shenandoah Mountain Trail enjoy the flat singletrack to the Road Hollow trailhead on your right. This downhill is very tight and thin. There are two small rock step ups near the bottom. Once the down hill ends, you'll take a sharp right followed by a quick left over the Ramsey's Draft Creek.
Once over the creek there is a 100' hike-a-bike up some stone steps. Then you'll begin the hardest climb of the ride. You know you are at the top of the climb as it begins to flatten out. At this point veer right at the Bald Ridge trailhead sign. Enjoy this amazing down hill but don't forget to enjoy some of the views to the south and the high peaks of Elliot's Knob and Crawford Mountain.
At the bottom of this downhill you'll intersect the forest service road. Take a left and cruise back to the wooden bridge, Braley's Pond, and the wooden steps from the beginning of your ride.
Local Club: Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
Jun 14, 2019: 6/20: Haircuts for Hillandale
Jun 11, 2019: Asking for Help- Next Chapter of Bikes for Refugees
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests