There are a few tough climbs that tend to scare people away, but they really aren't too bad. Once you get on the top of the hill, it is fast, twisty singletrack that is a lot of fun to ride. There are a few log crossings here and there, and some rollers that can be jumped. Several great downhill sections that make the climbs worth the effort.
There is a 15-20' plunge off of the Wagon Trail (Mini Plunge Trail
) that is fun to ride up or down. It isn't necessarily part of the dedicated route, but it is worth hitting.
Coming out of the parking lot, the ride picks up the Entrance Trail
and wraps around the base of the hill for about 0.5 miles. This will help get you warmed up for the climb up 7 Dwarves
and the seven switchbacks that dominate the punchy climb to the top. The switchbacks are steep and challenging but have been improved over the past couple years, they will definitely have you catching your breathe afterwards.
Once you are on the top of the hill, Possum Run
winds through the woods with some fast singletrack. The trail consists of a lot of roots and small rocks. It's tight and twisty with several small hills to keep the speed up. There are also several log crossings and dirt rollers that are pretty easy, but they can be avoided if you prefer. Some fast sections are an absolute blast to fly down through small areas of rocks and roots.
Once through the main loop, you'll exit onto the Wagon Trail, which is an old four-wheeler/logging road. Rideers could exit to the left for a shorter ride that's about 6.0 miles. Otherwise, turn right and continue racking up the mileage and fun.
If you keep going, you'll ride out to the other side of the hill by way of the Mini Plunge Trail
and then to the Perimeter Trail
up to the top of the Big Dig
. Keep going straight to complete an extra 1.5 mile option called Lollipop Loop
that's similar to Possum Run
with some roots and rocks. Once complete you'll find yourself at the top of Big Dig
is a machine-built trail, so it is wide and fast. You start by going downhill with some tight switchbacks and some good views. There is a bridge with a steep downhill in the middle of the descent that if hit properly you can get some air. At the bottom of the hill, cross a creek and take off up the other half of the Big Dig
. It isn't very technical but it is a tough climb. It has some long steep sections with switchbacks.
Once you reach the top of the Big Dig
, there is about a 1.5-mile loop called the Lollipop Loop
. The Lollipop Loop
is another twisty singletrack loop similar to Possum Run
with some roots and rocks, but it's not as narrow as the trail on Possum Run
. After that, the trail wraps around the perimeter of the woods and ties back in at the beginning. You can connect any of the trails together to add miles, or you can head down the back switchbacks for a total of around 11 miles.