MTB Project Logo

blueBlack Iron Mountain Out-and-Back

  4.0 ( 3 ) Favorite

Trail

25.7 mile 41.4 kilometer out and back
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,717' 1,133 m
Descent: -3,719' -1,134 m
High: 3,899' 1,188 m
Low: 2,106' 642 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

A ridgeline out-and-back in Southern Virginia.

Leslie Kehmeier

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

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.

Biked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Dogs Allowed, Features, History & Background

Contacts

Rate This Featured Ride

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ride

Check In

Check-Ins

Nov 28, 2017
Joey Atkins
Nov 14, 2017
Joey Atkins
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

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#2

in Damascus

#2142

Overall
  4.0 from 3 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Featured Ride Rankings

#2

in Damascus

#77

in Virginia

#2,142

Overall
39 Views Last Month
1,338 Since Aug 21, 2016
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter