ElevationAscent: 322' 98 m
Descent: -78' -24 m
High: 1,164' 355 m
Low: 870' 265 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“Ridden uphill, you'll see stars; ridden downhill, you'll be a star. Awesome historical area, too.”— Chris Swarr
When Gary's Grind is ridden in the opposite direction, however, it becomes an excellent screamer of a mile-long downhill with swooping lines, g-outs, and kickers that are excellent opportunities to catch a little air. While this is one of the oldest trails at Mountwood Park, every bit of it is a blast that is as fun to ride as the day it was minted.
Also, be sure to note the many relics from the oil and gas era of the 19th century that are visible along much of the ridge section of this trail just beneath the top of Sand Hill, in the highest elevation part of Mountwood Park on the border of Wood and Ritchie counties. It swoops through what was once part of the second earliest discovered oil field in the United Sates, and evidence of old pump houses, wooden oil storage tanks, and oil derricks adorn the steep hillsides along this route. This is a truly beautiful section of eastern Appalachia.
Local Club: River Valley Mountain Bike Association
Jan 11, 2019: Challenge at Mountwood Race planned for April 7, 2019!
Sep 1, 2018: Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day - Saturday 9/29/18
Land Manager: Mountwood Park