Starting where Cellon Creek Loop
meets the Powerline Road: North
, head southwest around the base of Powerline Hill through low open trees on a grassy trail. Once the trails turns back east, you jump into some very pretty canopy covered trails that intermittently are covered in pine needles. All the while, the trail is traversing the hill for an easier climb to the top.
The trail turns south and then dips into a gnarly, technical root section for about 40 yards where you go down, then up winding and climbing over roots. You are now at the top of the hill and the trail winds around it under canopy for maybe a quarter mile before coming out into a large meadow. The trail is grassy and fast as you descend back down the hill and around some fun high-speed corners. Then you get to climb again, long and gently until you come to a four-way intersection.
To the right is Meadow View
, to the left is a shortcut to bypass a large root so novice riders should turn left. If you go straight, you must go over a large Oak tree root right out of a slow corner and wheelie over the root. This part may be difficult for most novice riders. Tung Nut then crosses the Powerline West
and dips down the other side of a ridge.
For the next three miles, the trail goes up and down the ridge that Powerline West
traverses in a fully canopied forest. The downhills are fast with a lot of exposed roots and the uphills can challenge your lungs since they have a lot of roots to slow you down. At one point, you go around an old logging building. Eventually, you break into the sunlight at the top of the Powerline Hill where the two Powerline roads intersect. There are a couple of picnic tables here and a bike hitchin' post. This is the most common place to meet other riders.
Jumping back into the woods, the trail runs east and then north following the top contour of the Powerline Hill's eastern side. Then it drops twice, climbing part of the way up the hill each time, before dropping a final time and connecting with Bramble Ramble
. This last few miles has a few challenging, rooted climbs and descents that riders should be prepared for.