Bird Knob and Catherine Furnace Loop
ElevationAscent: 3,580' 1,091 m
Descent: -3,581' -1,092 m
High: 2,858' 871 m
Low: 1,108' 338 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“This loop features lots of singletrack with a good fire road climb to the very technical Trail #416 - Bird Knob Trail.”— aaron cochran
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
Need to Know
Get ready to make the climb up Trail #416 - Rt 211 Connector following the orange blazes to an old fire road and stay to the right. Continue across Georges Run.
At the next fire road intersection, go left onto the Short Horse Mountain Trail following pink blazes for just under five miles. This trail starts out with a really fast pace descent then a good 1.5-mile climb then a more technical descent. A short climb later you should reach a purple-blazed, Roaring Run Trail.
Head left down the Roaring Run Trail for a fast descent to the Catherine Furnace. Once you reach it, turn right on Cub Run Road and then another right on Pitt Springs Road (375) for a rive mile climb. You'll see where the top of the Roaring Run Trail intersects the fire road. Trail #416 - Bird Knob Trail is on the left about 300 yards up the road.
About 100 yards after turning left, take the right turn onto the Emerald Pond Spur to Emerald Pond and take a well deserved break or swim if its warm enough.
After climbing up to the Trail #416 - Bird Knob Trail, get ready for a super-technical rocky ascent to the overlooks at the Yellow Cliffs. After the overlooks, Bird Knob turns into a vicious technical downhill back to the Trail #416 - Rt 211 Connector that leads down to the parking lot.
History & Background
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests