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Better than Canaan

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Boulders, rocks, shale, technical, fast... oh, and FUN!


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7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

75%

Singletrack

3,025' 922 m

High

1,120' 341 m

Low

2,022' 616 m

Up

2,024' 617 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Overview

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??

Need to Know

This is a quick drying trail.

Description

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.

History & Background

The exposed rocks you see are Tuscarora quartzite (or sandstone). The spots for views of these formations and across the valley are abundant.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tim Haggerty

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Photos

View of Smoke Hole just before the epic descent
Sep 15, 2014 near Petersburg, WV
One of the numerous quartzite shelf outcroppings
Sep 15, 2014 near Petersburg, WV
From the cliffs of North Fork Trail.
Jun 5, 2016 near Petersburg, WV
View to East
Nov 7, 2014 near Petersburg, WV
Mountain Laurels blooming in spring.
Jun 16, 2016 near Petersburg, WV

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Aug 8, 2020
Diana So
Could not finish this. The paved warm up tired me :( I am spoiled riding in Vermont and Ny where trails are smooth up hill.
Jul 7, 2019
Todd Bauer
The climb hurts.
May 12, 2018
Terry A
Sep 1, 2017
Alex B
7.1mi