Beartree Gap-Old 84 loop
ElevationAscent: 3,783' 1,153 m
Descent: -3,786' -1,154 m
High: 4,560' 1,390 m
Low: 3,016' 919 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A great loop that offers lots of variety and traverses the Iron Mountain Ridge.”— sean barb
- The ride up Whitetop Road is kind of a boring grind up asphalt, but it has very low automobile traffic and there is a wide shoulder. Look out for broken glass!
- National Geographic's Mt Rogers map is the best map for navigating these trails, but you'll want to blow up a scan to make it more readable. Take note: the map has a really confusing depiction of where Old 84 Trail intersects with Rowlands Creek Trail.
Next up is a long, uphill grind up Whitetop Road; it's paved and has a nice shoulder. Jump back onto Iron Mountain trail near the crest of this hill and follow the IMT until you can continue heading east on FS 84, which is a gravel road. Fork to the right again on the IMT and ride up to the Cherry Tree shelter. Stay on the IMT and roll down to a left on FS 828, another gravel road. At the intersection of Forest Service roads 84 and 828 take a right and ride downhill on FS 84 to the Rowlands Creek Trailhead on the left. Roll down Rowlands Creek until a left on Old 84 Trail. Old 84 is a nice contour trail that begs to be ridden fast! Ride it until it ends back or Forest Service road 84 and roll it back to Whitetop Road.
Cross Whitetop Road and jump back on the Iron Mountain trail which ascends up to the Straight Branch Shelter, stay on IMT and roll the ridge which is characterized by sharp uphills and downhills with lots of exposed rocks and small boulders. At Shaw Gap, you'll look for a left and then a right following the left with signage pointing to Beartree Gap Trail. Use Beartree Gap trail to descend back to the start and enjoy the thrilling cobbled chutes and sweeping turns!
Land Manager: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area