Best of DuPont

 29 votes

17.6 Miles 28.3 Kilometers



2,015' 614 m


-2,017' -615 m


3,054' 931 m


2,311' 704 m



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3,054' 931 m


2,311' 704 m



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Some of the best singletrack in DuPont State Forest in a nice loop.

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This route includes some of the best DuPont has to offer from a flowy perspective, but you'll have to work at it with the climbs throughout the route.

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There are three creek crossings in this route, but in most cases, there are rocks that allow you to hop across without getting soaked.


There’s two options for starting this ride, with Option 1 being what the GPS uses. Arguably, Option 2 adds a little more singletrack and removes the climb up Lake Imaging Road.
Option 1: (The way the route was recorded and if you’re following GPS, the way it’ll take you.)
This route starts with a nice warm-up climb up Lake Imaging road. Take a right on to Hilltop Loop.
Option 2: (And arguably a bit more fun and interesting)
Start out on Lake Imaging Road going around the pond to the right. The first trail entrance to the left is Jim Branch. Take a left on Jim Branch. You’ll have the option of bypassing the tough rock garden in favor of smoother singletrack if you wish. Jim Branch is a 1.2 mile trail, which will be a climb in this direction. At the top of Jim Branch, take a right on Issac Heath. Issac Heath is only .5 miles long and will lead you onto Locust Trail. Take a right at the end of Locust Trail where you’ll immediately pick up Hilltop Loop directly straight in front of you.
---- same from here ----
Hilltop Loop is a fun little loop that will spit you back out on Lake Imaging Rd. A short ride on Buck Forest Rd to Conservation Rd, and you'll take Pitch Pine Trail over to Lake Dense Trail. At the end of this you're back on Conservation Rd where you'll climb a pretty steep road up to the Airstrip. From Airstrip, take Fawn Lake Rd over to Mine Mountain Trail. The start of Mine Mountain will be climbing, but the descent down to Fawn Lake parking area is a blast. You'll pass Fawn Lake parking lot on Fawn Lake Rd down to Conservation Rd. Cross over Conservation Rd to Reasonover Creek Trail. At the bottom of this, you'll have to cross your first creek.

The next 2.5m is a climb up Reasonover Creek to Turkey Knob Rd & following Turkey Knob Rd over to Turkey Knob Trail (newer trail). Turkey Knob Trail is IMO the best trail of this loop.

The end of Turkey Knob will dump you out at Briery Fork trail where you'll find your second creek crossing and climb out for a while crossing over Joanna Rd to Grassy Creek Trail.

A bit more climbing through Wintergreen Falls and Tarklin Branch up to Guion Farm parking area over to Hickory Mountain Rd. From Hickory Mountain Rd, you'll take a left on Hooker Creek Trail, which is a super fast section, but can be dangerous if there are loose rocks on the trail. At the end of Hooker Creek, you'll cross your third and final creek crossing. After the crossing, you'll climb back out to Ridgeline Trail. Ridgeline probably doesn't need an introduction, but this is a super fast downhill that will finish your ride.

Here is turn by turn directions with distances:

Start from Lake Imaging Parking Lot (distance in miles)

Option 1:
- Start on Lake Imaging Rd (1.0)
- Right on Hilltop Loop (1.0)
Option 2:
- Start on Lake Imaging Rd (0.4)
- Left on Jim Branch (1.2)
- Right on Issac Heath (0.5)
- Right (more straight than anything) on Locust Trail (0.4)
- Right on Lake Imaging Rd and immediately onto Hilltop Loop (1.0)
---- end options. Same from here on out ----
- Right on Lake Imaging Rd (0.1)
- Right on Buck Forest Rd (0.5)
- Left on Conservation Rd (0.1)

- Left on Pitch Pine Trail (1.0)
- Right on Three Lakes Trail [may be called Dense Lake Trail] (0.7)
- Left on Conservation Rd climb road up to Airstrip [avoid Shortcut Trail] (1.0)
- Right on Fawn Lake Rd (0.1)
- Right on Mine Mountain Trail (1.4)

- Right on Fawn Lake Rd (0.2)
- Cross over Conservation Rd to Reasonover Creek Trail (1.2)
- Right on Turkey Knob Trail (3.3)
- Right on Briery Fork trail (0.4)
- Cross over Joanna Rd to Grassy Creek Trail (1.5)

- Right on Sandy Trail (0.1)
- Left on Wintergreen Falls Trail (0.4)
- Right on Tarklin Branch Rd (0.8)
- Left on Guion Farm Connector (0.4)
- Cross over Buck Forest Rd to Hickory Mountain Rd (0.3)

- Left on White Pine Trail (0.2)
- Left on Hooker Creek Trail [fast section, loose rocks] (0.9)
- Left on Ridgeline Trail [weeeeee!!] (1.2)
- Right on Lake Imaging Rd to Parking (0.2)


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Oct 5, 2016
Logan Groselle
Oct 3, 2016
Greg Loney
sweet - trails are perfect 17.1mi
Sep 21, 2016
Derek Tiller
Sep 6, 2016
Brent Dombrowski
Trails are in excellent condition. 18.6mi — 2h 48m
Aug 28, 2016
Kent Klay
I don't think that this trail system is all that great. I was disappointed actually. Kerr Scott is by far way more interesting and fun. 15mi
Aug 26, 2016
Kent Klay
Aug 24, 2016
Sara Hunter
18.4mi — 2h 11m
Aug 18, 2016
Matt Dye
Featured ride! Turkey Knob and Ridge line were great, Ridge line was my favorite single track to date. 19.4mi — 3h 26m

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Thanks Tom and agreed. I think the best option would be down airstrip, right on shelter rock. But that leaves you humping it back up conservation rd. Definitely worth it for those looking for additional miles. May 24, 2016

could you please send me your turn by turn ? going there this Wed. Thanks. <> Jun 19, 2016

Bob Bannon they are posted on this www - just need to open up full text by clicking 'more' Jun 19, 2016

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