Best of DuPont

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

craig campbell


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.
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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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Apr 30, 2017
Marc-andré Perrault
Nice ride 17mi
Apr 22, 2017
Dan Meier
Took alternate at start and made a couple of wrong turns. Hooker and Ridgeline were my favorites. Great way to end a super fun ride. 15 thumbs up. 20mi
Apr 17, 2017
Christopher Orth
Apr 16, 2017
Sam Ryan
Best thing I've ever done in my life. 17.6mi
Apr 12, 2017
Rogelio Orozco
Really fun! It had a beautiful start and overall great trails and sights! If you pace yourself on the climbs you should be fine overall. or pick a few 19.9mi — 2h 20m
Apr 10, 2017
Patrick Goral
Mar 25, 2017
Anthony Consonery
great ride, plenty of nice spots to stop and enjoy the view 17.6mi — 2h 45m
Mar 24, 2017
Brian Burbank

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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

I will be out there for the first time this coming July. What do you think about this ride to do a single loop with this route + Park in Fawn Lake parking area and start the loop counter-clockwise, then connect with the 8 figure trails via Corn Mill Shoals and then back via Laurel Rdige to TH Mar 7, 2017

Really good loop. I did it by myself yesterday and had a blast. Wanted to add in the airstrip drop, but wasn't sure on time, and climbing back up that part of Conservation seemed daunting. Many of the trails had unique features, I really liked the back part of Mine Mountain, the view at the end of the airstrip, turkey knob and all the creek crossings. Ridgeline was extra rewarding after this loop. Mar 26, 2017

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