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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

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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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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

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#2

in Damascus

#76

in Virginia

#2,241

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Photos

Beartree Gap/IMT intersection.
Apr 6, 2018 near Chilhowie, VA
Taking a break at the old AT shelter
Aug 2, 2013 near Adwolf, VA
Pretty forest
Aug 4, 2014 near Adwolf, VA
Shaw Gap
Apr 19, 2014 near Chilhowie, VA
Leafy
Apr 19, 2014 near Chilhowie, VA

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From Damascus out to Skull Gap, but returned via Bearcreek Campground then Creeper