“A pretty easy climb is rewarded with a long, fast, and flowy descent.
— Freeman Fite
This loop takes you up Tortoise
, and the last bit of the Bomb Dog
climb. On this particular route you come back down the same way you went up, but skip Tortoise
and finish on a 2 mile descent called Hare
The first 2.75 or so miles of this climb is called Tortoise
and is fairly easy. At the top of Tortoise
the trail intersects with a downhill trail called Trillium
, which turns into Hare
. You'll continue straight up another mile climb called Chilowhee
until you reach a large intersection called the Rabbit Hole. Once at the Rabbit Hole you turn left and continue onto the second section of Chilhowee which flattens out along a ridgeline with beautiful views to the South.
then forks, and you'll turn right. Continue on until you reach the Bomb Dog
climb and turn left. You'll follow this fairly easy ridgeline climb until you see a fireroad. You'll make almost a 180 degree turn to the left and enter a rocky and technical end to the climb. This is the Rock Slot
Finish the climb with the "Rock Slot
", which is a large rock garden alongside large boulders. Once through that section, take a right on to the fireroad and proceed down until you see the trail on the right. You'll turn back on to the trail going the same way you went up. (You do have the option once you reach the Rabbit Hole on the way down to take a trail called Trillium
to the Hare
intersection) You'll take Hare
to the bottom once you reach the intersection of Tortoise
is a 2 mile fast and flowy descent.
History & Background
Most of this ride was built in 2013.