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Sherando Lake Advanced Loop

 10 votes


19.2 Miles 30.9 Kilometers




3,199' 975 m


-3,197' -975 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (19°)

3,505' 1,068 m


1,753' 534 m




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A challenging Sherando Loop with big mountain feel.

Jonathan Yates


Fee Parking past Sherando Entrance
Technical old school riding with big mountain feel just off Exit 96 pf Interstate 64. There's something for everyone on this loop, from strenuous hike-a-bike to fast and flowing bench cut trails. A good sampling of the Sherando Trail system.

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Numerous creek crossings along Mill Creek trail can be difficult in high water. Most do not have a "dry feet" option in the spring.


From the small parking area near the guard house, proceed north on the road up the eastern Blue Loop Trail. This short, but incredibly steep trail ascends straight up the ridge towards the Torry Ridge Trail. Mortals will walk nearly all of this rocky, rutted, goat path that will get the legs fired up right off the bat. Mercifully, this trail is short.

At the intersection with Torry Ridge Trail, turn right onto Torry. Great views along the ridgeline off both sides. Roll up and down to the intersection with Mill Creek connector. Left onto Mill Creek connector to bomb down a mix of technical rock gardens and smooth singletrack. The connector will dead end at Mill Creek Trail (not well signed!) Trail continues up and to the left.


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Jan 20, 2018
Greg Arpante
Dec 22, 2017
Jack Dichiara
3675ft elevation gain! 20mi
Nov 1, 2017
Gurry Bryant
Oct 7, 2017
Virginia Lingham
Sep 25, 2017
Keith Frank
Aug 27, 2017
Tom Galbicsek
Not worth the effort. Ride the last 5 miles or so lots of fun to the Lake
Jun 4, 2017
Benjamin Brown 1
Parked at entrance to Sherando Lake and rolled down the road to climb Torey Furnace. Mill Creek up switch backs to Torey Ridge, down Slacks to car 17.5mi
Feb 12, 2017
Ivan Reid

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I normally park off coal road. This eliminates the hike a bike Blue Loop and is a straight shot to the switchbacks which eventually lead to the parkway. The description is quite poor. It's a long ride. Maybe 3 hours. Fun descent. Then road ride back to Coal road. Nov 11, 2017
Don't follow the recommended , 1200ft hike a bike up rocks, almost divorced GF over this one as I dragged her up there, better to shuttle or take another way up Nov 15, 2017
A few new notes about this ride - which has received alot of comments lately. I think everyone will agree that the hike up Blue Loop trail sucks - to me its worth it for the rideable rock gardens between Torry and Mill Creek connector. Jim - sorry if you did not enjoy this section of the ride. This is a long ride, and for some reason the remainder of the trail description was cut off. However, the word "advanced" is clearly stated in the title, and an elevation profile is provided. Sherando is a trail system with a number of options both up and down. I almost never ride it the same way twice. This was an effort early in the mtb projects development to show people the availability of the trail system. Nov 16, 2017

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