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Iron Mountain Out-and-Back

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25.7 Miles 41.4 Kilometers


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Singletrack

3,717' 1,133 m

Ascent

-3,719' -1,134 m

Descent

3,899' 1,188 m

High

2,106' 642 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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A ridgeline out-and-back in Southern Virginia.

Leslie Kehmeier

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

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