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The Bottom End

Intermediate

Trail

21.9 mile 35.3 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,281' 695 m
Descent: -2,283' -696 m
High: 963' 293 m
Low: 668' 204 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Timothy Parrish

This ride includes all trails in the lower end of the trail system.

Timothy Parrish

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This ride features all the trails in the lower end of the Issaqueena Trail System found in the Clemson Experimental Forest. The trails here are longer, undulate more often, and have more tight twists and turns. The ride experience here takes more effort and more out of you compared to trails in the north side of the forest. There are also many bail-out options along the route in case of emergency or if the ride must be cut short.

Need to Know

A few small creek crossings are in this ride, but nothing that can't be crossed on bike. Parking at Doyle Bottom Road parking area is limited.

Description

To ride this route as described, it is best to park at the Doyle Bottom Road parking area. The ride begins by heading a short distance down Doyle Bottom Road to the entrance of Hunting Arrow, off to the left. Hunting Arrow is a five-mile ride from entrance to entrance, however, there are two noticeable bail-outs on the right, about one and two-thirds along the way. These bail-outs will dump you back out on Doyle Bottom Road, which will take you back to the parking lot.

When you reach the end of Hunting Arrow, take a right on Doyle Bottom Road and ride back up the road until you reach the fork where the other forest road, Doyle's N. Fork intersects. Off to the left, on the side of Doyle's N. Fork, will be the entrance to Double Tree Fork Trail. Enter the trail and ride along. Continue on Double Tree Fork until it ends at the intersection with Chicken Loop.

Follow Chicken Loop and it will take you around the remnants of the large downed tree that blocks the road ahead. Chicken Loop will terminate on Burning Car Road. Make a right on Burning Car Road and follow it up about half way to the entrance of Triple Creek, which will be on the left. Ride Triple Creek north to the intersection with Anthill Loop. Ride Anthill Loop in either direction and you'll return to the area where you entered. Continue right on Triple Creek until you reach the intersection with RC Edwards.

Follow RC Edwards to the right. RC Edwards has three sections. The first will terminate at Old Six Mile Road. Go across the road and enter the second section of the trail slightly to the right. Follow this second section of trail down the hill, dropping off some of the drops and rolling with the flow of the trail. Be wary of the vines creating the tunnels on this section: they have VERY LONG and SHARP THORNS.

Once complete with the second section of RC Edwards, continue across RC Edward's School Road and enter the third section of the trail, again slightly off to the right. Do NOT ride up the opening with the wood posts with red reflectors: this is PRIVATE PROPERTY. This third section of trail will end at a wooden bridge in the Waterfall Area. The Waterfall Area includes two trails, Big Hole and 12 Mile Loop, both of which can be taxing if you are not fit.

Ride across the bridge and take Big Hole to the right and follow the ups and downs all the way around to where you started. About halfway along the trail, you can stop and view the large sinkhole from which the trail gets its name. When you come back to the start, head up the trail to the right. This is 12 Mile Loop and has much of the same type of undulating terrain. Follow the trail all the way around back to the start. Head back across the wooden bridge and make a right to leave the Waterfall Area and head back toward the Doyle Bottom Road parking area. This unnamed trail will end on Old Six Mile Road just north of the parking area, which is visible once you reached the pavement.

History & Background

There are a few historical markers along this route. Much of the land in this area was owned and occupied by the family of John Ewing Calhoun. There are remnants of the house, spring house (for water access), and a cemetery.

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Feb 15, 2020
Ronald Muench
Apr 24, 2019
Timothy Parrish
Rode the loop in reverse. Seemed much easier until I hit Hunting Arrow. Seems to flow better in reverse with more gradual climbs. 21.3mi — 2h 57m
Mar 7, 2019
Timothy Parrish
A few downed trees on Double Fork Tree. Usual mud on Triple Creek. 21mi — 2h 25m
Mar 9, 2018
Mark O'Neal
Pretty twisty. Wouldn't do again. Maybe try the north side 20mi — 3h 45m
Dec 26, 2017
Ken Lohr
Monotonous and no flow. Just when the trail starts to swoop downhill, you hit either a sharp turn or switchback. Just not fun IMO.
Oct 11, 2017
Adam Sauro
Turns were too tight on Triple Loop. Trail followed to many fall lines making it difficult to ascend to gain traction. 15.2mi
Apr 1, 2017
Scott Rowe
21.6mi — 3h 59m
Aug 28, 2016
Kim Brødbæk
11h 57m

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  3.3 from 7 votes

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Photos

Nice views throughout the trail.
Nov 22, 2016 near Clemson, SC
The Hunting Arrow Trail.
Nov 22, 2016 near Clemson, SC
Historic Calhoun family cemetery.
Sep 14, 2015 near Clemson, SC
The Waterfall
Feb 23, 2014 near Clemson, SC
Lake access with a scenic viewpoint just off the trail.
Jan 31, 2016 near Clemson, SC
End of Doyle
Nov 22, 2016 near Clemson, SC

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