A good road warm-up followed by a technical climb, leading to a technical ridge, and finishing up on a fast and technical downhill. Did I mention that this one is technical??
This is a quick drying trail.
First, you'll warm-up on a good road ride from the North Fork Mountain Trail
parking lot to the Landis Trail
parking lot. This is the most relaxed portion of the ride, so be sure to take in your surroundings on this portion.
You'll stay on the road until coming to the Landis trailhead. Climbing the Landis Trail
will start steep and stay steep for 1.4 miles to the ridge. The closer to the top the more technical the trail will become.
Take a moment to catch your breath at the top before you turn right onto North Fork Mountain Trail
. Luckily you've done most of your climbing by this point. The North Fork Mountain Trail
will gradually descend for almost a mile before it rolls over and will start to get steeper, remaining technical all the time.
The further you go down the less technical the trail will become, as the bigger rocks become smaller until you are on shale. You'll be on the North Fork Mountain Trail
all the way until you finish the loop, and end back at your vehicle.
The exposed rocks you see are Tuscarora quartzite (or sandstone). The spots for views of these formations and across the valley are abundant.