Mineshaft Trail via Bobblets Gap
ElevationAscent: 1,762' 537 m
Descent: -1,763' -537 m
High: 2,142' 653 m
Low: 956' 292 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“An amazing 1800's contour narrow gauge rail line used to mine iron ore for Civil War musketballs.”— Kyle Inman
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For five miles, ride varying technical terrain past iron ore shafts in the "hollers." No major climbs, but hardly flat, with some short steep surprises to up your suffer score. Very narrow sidehill in sections barely clinging to the wall.
Need to Know
The singletrack is a hard right that cuts back, and straight up a hard to see section following a left hand sweeper. Watch your odometer...more than 1 mile exactly and you've missed it. Glenwood Horse Trail #3004B: Mineshaft Segment (Mineshaft) starts as a short, steep 25%+ gradient before reaching the shelf trail that becomes much more reasonable.
For five miles, enjoy singletrack experience like no other, passing iron ore hollers with mineshafts and holes visible when you climb up the ore piles in certain crevasses of ancient Appalachian mountains.
The trail changes form dropping off through hardwoods and limestone to a large National Forest parking area with kiosk. Go through to the pavement, Pico (pie-ko) Rd. Go left for 2 miles, mainly downhill.
At T-intersection, turn left to start a 5.5 mile climb back up to the start. The first 2 miles are paved, followed by a mile of improved dirt. Turn left on Chair Rock (aka Bobblets Gap) Rd, unimproved dirt. This remaining 2 miles takes you past the Mineshaft trailhead, and climbs the last mile that you came down earlier. When you see the Blue Ridge Parkway underpass, turn left back to the parking lot where you began.
History & Background
Local Club: Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests