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Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 16

Intermediate

Trail

9.3 mile 15.0 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 742' 226 m
Descent: -678' -207 m
High: 1,304' 397 m
Low: 750' 229 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

The complete Section 16, including paved road.

Chris Chaney

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Description

Beginning at the north end at Standing Rock, follow paved KY 1036 along a ridge past a few houses and old oil equipment. After a steep, fast descent the road turns to gravel and winds along Little Sinking Creek for a good distance past scattered houses and more oil extraction paraphernalia.

The Trace then turns south into a more intimate section of Little Sinking that has been abused by OHVs but when dry, has the feel of a nice dirt singletrack. Near the mouth of Little Sinking Creek, the Trace crosses Big Sinking Creek in a stunning location. On one side is an old stone bridge abutment and on the other is a magnificent limestone rock house. Immediately after crossing the creek, there is a steep and technical climb through a limestone band to gain a shoulder. The road turns back to gravel quickly, and after a moderate reprieve, you face the imposing New Virginia Road climb.

Once at the top, the riding relaxes to a gravel grinder on a broad ridge.

At KY 52 you can go left (east) to a county park with restrooms and a small country store.

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Nov 4, 2017
Chris Chaney
Fig XV
Jan 31, 2016
Chris Chaney
Lee County still has a lot of snow on the ground despite the warm temps. Creeks are up with snowmelt

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Where the Sheltowee Trace crosses Big Sinking Creek.
Feb 2, 2016 near Beattyv…, KY
Kris Davis failing to clean the Sheltowee crux.
Nov 8, 2016 near Beattyv…, KY
View from the trail: Little Sinking Creek coming unsunk
Feb 2, 2016 near Beattyv…, KY
The Sheltowee deep in Little Sinking Creek.  Prime fatbike conditions!
Feb 2, 2016 near Beattyv…, KY
The Sheltowee Trace along Little Sinking Creek on the road before the trail splits off south
Feb 2, 2016 near Beattyv…, KY
Big Sinking Creek where the Sheltowee Trace crosses
Jul 9, 2015 near Beattyv…, KY

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