Canada Hollow Trail is the centerpiece experience of this great loop. It is a singletrack trail going downhill from Ridge Road to the bottom of the Canada Hollow Snowmobile Trail on Milesburn Road.
This route starts at the bottom and rides across the ridge to Gum Run Road
, a gated doubletrack, and then heads uphill to an alternate parking area and start point. It then follows Canada Hollow Reroute (Michelle's Trail) (not the snowmobile trail of the same name) back to the start point.
Short sections from either parking area are tails to the loop, i.e. they are ridden in both directions. The route is fun in both directions and can be started from either end. Milesburn Road and Ridge Road may be used instead of Gum Run Road
to connect the ends of the singletrack trail.
Family Friendly: Do a car shuttle and ride down the trail from the upper parking area. To make the outing a little harder, ride back up Milesburn to Ridge to the car.
Gum Run Road has multiple bifurcations, some are shown on the map, others have been revised by recent logging. They all dead end downhills and this trail is the only loop possible. Uphill always takes you back to Ridge Road.
Go around the yellow gate at the bottom of the Canada Hollow Snowmobile trail about two miles up Milesburn Road. After 100 ft, turn right onto the riding trail just before the snowmobile trail turns sharply uphill. This is marked by a 4X4 post that reads "Canada Hollow Trail."
Proceed past a wide steep uphill trail (it is a shortcut} and continue gradually uphill to a short steep left to a switchback that returns to the top of the shortcut that you passed earlier. Make a difficult off-camber, uphill turn onto this wider trail and you'll soon enjoy a section of level trail.
As you enter a recent clear cut, there is another short, steep, off-camber section to the top of a saddle. You'll pass the intersection with the the singletrack trail and you'll come down just past the top of the saddle. Descend to the end where a small bank drops you onto Gum Run Road
Gum Run Road
is closed by a gate to motorized traffic. Some of the steeper sections are washed out, but for the most part is very smooth doubletrack gradually changing into a graded road as you approach Ridge Road.
Ride up this road two miles to the gate at the end, which is on Ridge Road and where there is parking for several cars. Two hundred yards before the gate, you'll pass the upper entrance to Canada Hollow Trail, also marked by a 4X4 sign post. Turn here if you don't need to go to the parking area. The last two hundred yards are obnoxious crushed rock.
Follow this singletrack all the way back to the saddle you rode over earlier. Your route will take you on the Canada Hollow Reroute (Michelle's Trail). The first half is singletrack through beautiful oak forest. The second half is through a clear cut with great valley views. Turn right at the intersection on the saddle and retrace your route back to the start.
This route has lots of rocks but no rock garden. The older sections of the trail have been used for motorcycle events. The new sections in the clear cut are smoother but dangerous stumps lurk on the edges of the trail. There are two or three 50-ft-long sections that all but the strongest riders will have to walk up. Otherwise, riding uphill on the trail is very pleasant alternative.
The only mud that is ever present is in the first hundred feet at the start (bottom).