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This loop includes lots of trails that were part of the enduro race series, along with a DH trail. It is technical with rocks, roots, and steep shoots. Unfortunately most of the trails must be linked together using fireroads. On the other hand, the lift allows you to skip a lot of climbing.
Need to Know
This is a back country ride so be prepared for wildlife encounters and possible trail side repairs. A lift pass is required to complete this loop so you can get back to the top with your bike. Most of the trails are technical and are best ridden in the dry. Snowshoe is notorious for wet roots and difficult wet conditions, so if you must ride in the wet, make sure you have a fresh set of tires!
This trail system is the best "XC" stuff they have. It's more enduro than XC though.All the trails are littered with roots and rocks so there is never a smooth part of the trail, until you hit a fireroad. There are a lot of fireroad connector trails you must use to connect everything together. Therefore this trail network is probably best for enduro training. There is a really great view of the Snowshoe village from the Airport road just before Upper Beaver Dam
. You can keep climbing the grassy hill until you can see over the trees. You can actually see this grassy hill your standing on from the western territory lift when your on your final ascent of the loop.
History & Background
Snowshoe used to host the NORBA races in XC and DH with 12 and 24 hour endurance series. Many of these trails were used back then for the series.