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Crack

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The essence of Big Bear's sweet singletrack.


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Map Key

2.8

Miles

4.6

KM

Singletrack

2,606' 794 m

High

2,362' 720 m

Low

260' 79 m

Up

282' 86 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

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Area entrance fee is $10 daily/ $30 annually per rider. For more information, click here. Trails are closed from November 1 to December 31.

Description

Typically the Crack Trail is accessed from Voo Doo Rocks trail or the Dam Connector Trail. Crack trail proves a wonderful addition to any ride in this beautiful forest.

The riding is mostly fast with twisty turns and short stretches of mild rock garden. The crux is the namesake crack section, which takes you inside a narrow gap between boulders leading to a turn and then a drop for the exit. This was renovated in 2014 making it much easier to ride. A ladder bridge was installed elevating the rider just enough to make handlebar clearance issues a thing of the past. Also, one now exits on a ladder descent instead of negotiating the drop. These changes are much appreciated, especially for the races that routinely use this trail as the crack would cause rider log jams breaking flow and preventing those that wanted to ride it from being able to do so.

After the crack, the fun continues all the way down to a stream crossing where a left-hand turn takes the rider onto a wide section of trail. Theres no free lunch. You had your fun, now it will be time to pay it back with an ascent to the Race Loop trail. None of the climbs at Big Bear are really that bad, so youll find yourself at the top without too much trouble. Most riders will turn right at the top and use Race Loop trail to head out to the Pine area.

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Land Manager: Big Bear Lake, WV

Shared By:

Adam Linstedt

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  4.4 from 7 votes

#5130

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#69

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#5,130

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Photos

J. squeezing through the first of the big cracks.
Jul 17, 2018 near Terra Alta, WV
"Jump Trail" to "Crack Trail" at Big Bear Lake, WV
Sep 25, 2017 near Terra Alta, WV
J. on the rock rollers--really fun section of trail.
Jul 17, 2018 near Terra Alta, WV
Various Clips from Big Bear West Virginia
Mar 14, 2020 near Terra Alta, WV
W. rolling out of Crack Trail's iconic rock fissure.
Jul 17, 2018 near Terra Alta, WV
J. sends it off a Crack Trail rock.
Jul 17, 2018 near Terra Alta, WV

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Sep 14, 2019
Casey McGowan
First half of the trail is pretty intermediate, but becomes pretty rocky and challenging for more beginner riders. Cool rocks and features to ride.
Aug 17, 2019
Eric Dittmer
Switchblade 29er
Jul 15, 2018
Brian Geiman
2.8mi
Apr 29, 2018
Craig Etheridge
Jul 19, 2017
Brian Geiman
Dirtragdirtfest 5mi
Jul 15, 2017
Glen Davis
Mar 23, 2016
Andy Mac
Aug 16, 2015
Timothy Husson