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Sherando Lake Advanced Loop

  3.7 ( 14 ) Favorite


19.2 mile 30.9 kilometer loop
65% Singletrack


Ascent: 3,199' 975 m
Descent: -3,197' -975 m
High: 3,505' 1,068 m
Low: 1,753' 534 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)


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Trail shared by Jonathan Yates

A challenging Sherando Loop with big mountain feel.

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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.

Need to Know

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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May 31, 2019
Russell Leary
Not the most fun. The Blue Loop access trail is a terrible way to start. 20mi
Oct 7, 2018
Chas Semon
Apr 22, 2018
Penelope Davenport
17mi — 2h 00m
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

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Heading up the switchbacks.
Apr 21, 2014 near Stuarts…, VA
View from top of 7 Switchbacks Climb
Jun 2, 2019 near Stuarts…, VA
Heading southeast along Slack's
May 1, 2014 near Stuarts…, VA
No "Turkey Pen Ridge Trail"! Creek Crossing at Mill Creek Connector/ Mill Creek trail. Trail is up and to the left, marked by orange flags
Apr 21, 2014 near Lyndhurst, VA
Torry Ridge Rock Garden
Apr 21, 2014 near Stuarts…, VA
Blue loop/ Torry Ridge intersection
Apr 21, 2014 near Stuarts…, VA

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