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John Muir Trail: Chestnut Ridge Portion

Intermediate

Trail

7.0 mile 11.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 347' 106 m
Descent: -581' -177 m
High: 1,524' 464 m
Low: 1,284' 391 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A nice contouring singletrack trail through hardwood forest.

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This is one of the few bike-legal portions of the John Muir Trail at BSF. From Divide Road, follow the trail down a fun, swoopy descent. This first mile or two feature some of the coolest rock formations along the whole trail. Below the rocks, the landscape is lush and jungle-like. Above the rock formations, your surroundings will revert to a more traditional hardwood forest.

The next 3-4 miles of trail contour into and out of drainage after drainage. There are no major elevation changes along this portion of trail. Eventually, you'll pass a junction with the Chestnut Ridge Trail and begin a great descent. After the descent, you'll find yourself on a narrow protruding land formation with a quick hike a bike. After the hike-a-bike, continue to an amazing overlook on the edge of a cliff band.

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May 4, 2019
Sean Wiggins
Big bikepacking loop, this trail is always fun to roll. No trees down and the trail is in great shape. 75mi
Nov 17, 2017
Troy Warnken
3 trees down with the first few miles. we made ways to get around the first two. a bit too big for a hand saw. 14.6mi

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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Cruising through dense forest along the John Muir Trail.
Dec 7, 2015 near Oneida, TN
Chestnut Ridge is part of the John Muir Trail in Big South Fork.
Jul 15, 2013 near Oneida, TN
The view from the overlook above no Business Creek.
Jul 15, 2013 near Oneida, TN

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