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Timber Ridge Trail (431)

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Trail

7.8 mile 12.6 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 257' 78 m
Descent: -2,801' -854 m
High: 4,381' 1,335 m
Low: 1,837' 560 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Shenandoah Bicycle

Big mountain, big views, big lines, big fun with steep sections, rock moves, ridgetop singletrack.

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Description

A Harrisonburg classic, Reddish Knob is a popular spot for sightseers, hikers and all types of cyclists. Timber Ridge descends from Reddish Knob off Shenandoah Mountain towards Tillman Road.

Beginning at the top of Reddish Knob, the trail bombs down a steep rocky section of stairs ending with a ninety degree lefthand turn. It continues down towards a road crossing through steep and rocky trail surface. After the trail crosses the road, it continues through a rhodo tunnel of love and spits out on a super-tough rocky section followed by a sustained wide-open ripping fast descent.

Following the main descent, the trail rolls east towards some decisions. If one chooses to continue on Timber Ridge Trail to the bottom, they'll be spit out right next to Tillman West close to Hearthstone Lake. The bottom half of Timber Ridge is commonly known as Hearthstone Ridge, but the map says otherwise. After the Wolf/Timber split, there is another intersection with Sand Spring Trail which will be to the left. Continue to the right to stay on Timber, the trail gets used less frequently but is totally awesome old school singletrack with plenty of high speed warp zones, rocky sections, log crossings, jumps, grade reversals, some climbing and a creek crossing near the end.

For those looking for the path less traveled, the seldom ridden Hearthstone Ridge section of Timber Ridge careens down towards Tillman Road just a few hundred yards from the Tillman West trailhead.

Timber Ridge offers many options for descending. The trail intersects at the intersection of Wolf Ridge and then Sand Spring Trail. Lynn Trail (which is more often climbed as part of the Wolf Ridge Loop) does offer a screaming one mile descent with sharp turns, rocky sections and ripping fast sustained steepness. One can choose to continue on Wolf Ridge, which offers fun ridge riding, some steep climbing sections along with some old school feeling trail before the SVBC reroute of the final pitch of Wolf Ridge. This reroute is a PARTY as it traverses down toward Tillman Road. It is busy and user-friendly, similar to Tillman West, a mountain bike pump track.

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Apr 22, 2020
Colin Hughes
Lower section of Timber Ridge below Wolf Ridge cut-off has a half dozen trees down. Nothing major but many force a dismount. 5mi — 1h 00m
Apr 19, 2020
Colin Hughes
Top section has some big rock gardens and steep loose sections. Rode dry and nice today. 3mi — 5h 00m
Mar 29, 2020
Alex B
half dozen trees down
Nov 26, 2017
Jeremy G-M
Nov 24, 2017
Aperson Person
Awesome trail. In the fall the views are gorgeous. There are a couple trees down. 7.8mi
Nov 17, 2017
Glen Thomas
Nov 3, 2017
Guy C
Really cold and raining. Me, Greg, John, and Bryce
Feb 25, 2017
Jack Dichiara
First time. One of the best trails in Virginia for sure. 7.8mi

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Photos

View from Reddish Knob. The rock to the right of the bike is the top of Timber Ridge Trail.
Oct 2, 2016 near Franklin, WV
quick shot of reddish knob and the rocky section on Timber Ridge Trail.
Dec 17, 2014 near Franklin, WV
Sunlight caused a vibrant green glow from the trees.
Apr 1, 2018 near Dayton, VA
You'll hear the frog pond before you see it in March.
Jun 6, 2017 near Dayton, VA
Top of Reddish Knob, looking north east towards Harrisonburg, VA. Late winter 2017
Jun 22, 2017 near Franklin, WV
Rocks and Loam on Timber Ridge
Apr 1, 2018 near Dayton, VA

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