Reddish Knob: Timber Ridge to Wolf Ridge
ElevationAscent: 2,870' 875 m
Descent: -2,904' -885 m
High: 4,385' 1,336 m
Low: 1,756' 535 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A Harrisonburg Classic! Pavement climb to Summit of Reddish Knob with a long descent to Tillman Road.”— Shenandoah Bicycle
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
This route features everything from rocky, technical riding to warp-speed flowing descents. Enjoy!
It is also possible to shuttle this ride since the summit at Reddish Knob is accessible by vehicle via SR924. This approach if you can pull it off logistically gives you about an 11-mile ride.
Need to Know
This climb keeps going past Dead Deer parking lot and Briery Branch reservoir. Shortly after the reservoir, you pass the gravel road that leads to Lynn Trail (436) across the road from Mines Run. The pavement gets steeper for the next 4 miles until the saddle on Shenandoah Mountain. Turn left onto FR 85 at the top. Continue on 85 until the next intersection, where you turn left, spiral up to Reddish Knob and dead end.
The trail will cross the pavement just before the final 300 yards to the top. Enjoy the view! To the East you can see the Southern tip of Massanutten Mountain, the Shenandoah National Park, Harrisonburg and Staunton. To the west you can see Spruce Knob, North Fork Mountain, Sugar Grove Naval Base and many peaks between you and Canaan Valley.
Timber Ridge Trail (431) begins with a steep descent of rock stairs at a break in the guardrail along the Western corner of the parking lot on top. Rocky technical riding continues until the trail crosses the pavement. The upper section of Timber Ridge Trail (431) is awesome but may require some walking and a good set of brakes. Continue on the ridge until the first marked intersection at Wolf Ridge (378).
Turn left onto Wolf Ridge (378) and embrace gravity! Wolf Ridge (378) also has 31 flavors, steep DH style riding with complex moves and fast descending up top before the Lynn Trail (436) intersection, then transitioning to scenic ridge riding with some steep climbing sections sprinkled in with awesome singletrack descending.
After the final climb, the trail b-lines it down the mountain on steep consistent fast and rocky trail-bed until the final 3 miles. The trail becomes a mountain pump track/IMBA flow, similar to Tillman West. Riders finish Wolf by wrapping around a cliff band and crossing a creek. After the creek crossing, there is another final intersection with signage. Turn left at the final intersection to get another .5 miles of playful singletrack to Tillman road.
History & Background
Local Club: Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
May 29, 2020: Greenways, Golf Courses, Parks, and Schools
Apr 24, 2020: Trail Work During a Pandemic?
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests