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Iron Mountain Out-and-Back

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A ridgeline out-and-back in Southern Virginia.


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25.7

Miles

41.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

3,899' 1,188 m

High

2,106' 642 m

Low

3,717' 1,133 m

Up

3,719' 1,134 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

Iron Mountain is open to eMTBs from Damascus to Skulls Gap. The route is part of a long section of ridgeline riding that includes rocky terrain, big views, and beautiful oak forests.

Need to Know

Damascus, VA is a great place to basecamp for several long-distance trails. You'll find a variety of food, lodging, and shuttle options.

Description

This segment of the Iron Mountain Trail (IMT) is an out-and-back from the trail town of Damascus VA, to Skulls Gap.

The start of the ride is a grunt. Be ready for a four-mile climb with only one quick rest. After that, you'll be treated to undulating terrain along the ridge over singletrack through dense forest. The tread is rocky, making it a bit on the technical side.

About 11 miles into the route, you'll do a quick descent into an old Appalachian Trail shelter. This is a good place to stop for a snack or turn around for Skulls Gap.

The ride is a hoot once you turn around and head back to Damascus, especially the last four miles into town.

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Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 7 votes

#2

in Damascus

#2101

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#2

in Damascus

#66

in Virginia

#2,101

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Bikepacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains | Iron Mountain Trail
Nov 13, 2020 near Glade S…, VA
Stinging Nettles!
Oct 8, 2020 near Adwolf, VA
Beartree Gap, Chestnut Ridge, FSR615, Sawmill Trail, Iron Mountain Trail, Virginia Creeper Trail
Mar 9, 2021 near Chilhowie, VA
Great ride along the ridge line. Came from Beartree down Iron Mt trail, lots of downhill. Rocky in some spots. Was told by local shop to skip last 2 miles due to conditions so took Beech Trail down to Rt 58 and finished up on the Creeper Trail into town.
Aug 26, 2020 near Glade S…, VA
Beartree Gap/IMT intersection.
Apr 6, 2018 near Chilhowie, VA
Taking a break at the old AT shelter
Aug 2, 2013 near Adwolf, VA

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Mar 13, 2021
Lost Justpastnowhere
Nov 28, 2017
Joey Atkins
Nov 14, 2017
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Nov 11, 2017
Joey Atkins
Nov 2, 2017
Joey Atkins
Sep 3, 2017
Joey Atkins
8mi
Apr 9, 2017
Whit Wheeler
From Damascus out to Skull Gap, but returned via Bearcreek Campground then Creeper