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Great North Mountain - Crooked Run to Hunkerson

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A ridge trail with great views and less rock than Northern Mountain Trail.


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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

Singletrack

3,050' 930 m

High

2,809' 856 m

Low

472' 144 m

Up

653' 199 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Description

This trail makes up a portion of the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail. The northern terminus of the trail is hidden behind the antennas on top of Crooked Run Road. After a few miles you'll come to a hiking symbol with an arrow pointing back east (right), this is the bail out option if you want to drop down the Orkney Springs Trail (Trail #420). If you take this trail you'll end up on Alum Springs (717) Road just north of Basye.

If you plan to remain on the ridge trail back to Hunkerson Gap Trail (421), then you'll want to take a quick right, then immediate left and climb up to another pipeline clearing. Once in the clearing, head back east to the top of the ridge and look for a trail on your right that continues following the top of the ridge line.

After crossing the Orkney Springs Trail (Trail #420) you'll remain largely on top of the ridge. The trail is blazed orange but some of the blazes are very faded. You'll ride over several rocky sections, probably with some large thorns, that affords majestic views off both sides of the ridge.

Continue along the ridge until you intersect the Hunkerson Gap Trail (421), but remember that there is NOT a trail sign at Hunkerson Gap Trail (421), look for a broad flat part of the ridge complete with a four-way intersection and stacked rock cairn.

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Kyle Lawrence

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Views off both sides of the Great North Mountain Ridge Trail is what we are talking about!
Nov 18, 2014 near Basye, VA
One final steep climb before the Hunkerson Gap descent.
Nov 18, 2014 near Basye, VA

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