“The complete Section 16, including paved road.”
— Chris Chaney
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.