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Elm Ridge Loop



14.1 mile 22.7 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,406' 429 m
Descent: -1,406' -429 m
High: 2,443' 745 m
Low: 1,682' 513 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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A grand tour of both the Fun Loops and all the trails up top.

Ron Gee

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A great way to ride the Fun Loops and then use Levitate and Run Noot to access the top of the ridge before dropping three great downhill sections Mid-Mountain Trail, Run Noot, and The North Face.


Turn into the Fun Loops and use the Outer Loop North to the Inside Line until you get near the top of the Fun Loops and drop the rest of the Outer Loop North, which is a fun, flowing descent back to the intersection. At the intersection, take a right at the Inside Line down to the Outer Loop South, where you take a hard left and begin the climb to Trail #6 and then Levitate which is a gradual climb up the ridge. Take a left at Run Noot, which will take you to the top, where you can take a breath. Then take a sharp right at the East Gauntlet and always stay to your left through Lollipop and then Black Bear Hideout until you reach the intersection with the Mid-Mountain Trail.

The Mid-Mountain Trail is a very fun switchbacked descent for a little over a mile at which point you can drop further with the Cranberry Bog trail and then climb up a short but rocky section of the Elm Ridge Trail. Or stay on what looks like it used to be doubletrack all the way back to the Elm Ridge Trail where you take a left and climb about 100 yards back to Run Noot.

Riding Run Noot downhill will be a blast. It is a gradual downhill along the side of the ridge with a number of jumps (if you so choose) and rollers along the way. Stay almost straight until the continuation of Levitate which you'll then take to the intersection of The North Face.

If you are tired, you can go to the right and drop The North Face right there or else take a left and climb Big T to the top again, stay to the left and take Twin Oaks to the West Gauntlet and then hang a right on The Bee across the top and then take a left at Black Bear Hideout.

You can then ride along the top until Midway where you can take a left at West Gauntlet, which will take you back to the start of The North Face. This is an almost two-mile descent that almost everyone thinks is the most fun trail around (note: it has some sharp turns and loose rocks so beginners might not enjoy it), which will eventually get you back to Rt 23, one mile west of the parking lot.


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Jun 29, 2018
Marc Knittel

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