Best of DuPont

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Trail

17.6 Miles 28.3 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

2,015' 614 m

Ascent

-2,017' -615 m

Descent

3,054' 931 m

High

2,311' 704 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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

craig campbell

Overview

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.

Need To Know

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

Description

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.

If you'd like to add some length to this already burly ride, add The Best of Dupont: Burnt Mountain/ Cedar Rock Big Rock Figure 8 to your outing.

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)
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Nov 25, 2016
John Arnold
Nov 21, 2016
Josh Lane
Outstanding loop... more fire roads than anticipated, but also excellent singletrack. Climbs weren't that bad. 18mi — 3h 40m
Nov 20, 2016
Ed Padron
Nov 20, 2016
Johnathan Davidson
Nov 6, 2016
Bryan Amick
Nov 6, 2016
Perry McFall
Excellent trip - first time riding this loop. 18mi
Oct 30, 2016
Brianne Golden
Oct 22, 2016
Kiryl Bushwackacowski

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


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


I live a few miles from DuPont and have to love the lake imaging side, best all-around system of trails. otherwise you get to hike it all the way over to 1 or 2 great trails and then hike for more to other spots. I recommend Ridgeline and Airport Strip, the two best trails by far. Map it out depending on how much climbing you can handle. Best thing about LI side is downhill Ridgeline to car! Oct 26, 2016


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