Shawl Gap Trail
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -982' -299 m
High: 1,751' 534 m
Low: 769' 234 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A challenging and rocky descent at the northern end of the Massanutten Ridge.”— Barry Croker
The next few miles will be challenging for your climbing legs and rock skills. The Massanutten Trail will intersect an old logging road that goes straight up the fall-line; keep left at the first intersection and stay on the singletrack.
The majority of the climb is rideable in dry weather with the exception of two rock-stair sections that are virtually unrideable going upwards. Near the summit of Shawl Gap, the trail will take a hard right turn through an extended rock garden that is best walked, but then it levels out at the ridge.
At the ridge intersection, you can either turn left for the Buzzard Rocks trail, right to continue south on the Massanutten Trail, or go straight across to start down over the ridge on the Shawl Gap Trail.
The Shawl Gap Trail heads down the backside towards Panhandle Rd and is significantly less technical than the Fort Valley side as it starts in the trees and then opens toward the finish.
Riding down from Shawl Gap to Fort Valley, on the Massanutten Trail, is an exciting, technical descent. After the initial rock-garden section to the first turn, the trail is completely rideable including the steep rock stair sections.
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