Mill Mountain Full-Pull
ElevationAscent: 2,154' 656 m
Descent: -2,148' -655 m
High: 1,743' 531 m
Low: 918' 280 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A super-deluxe tour of every mountain bike trail on Mill Mountain.”— Capt. Insane-O
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Family Friendly The views, overlooks, the playground at the summit, the Discovery Center and the Mill Mountain Zoo all make this an extra fun destination for families! Oh and did I mention the Ice Cream Parlor? :)
From UnderDog Bikes, the ride begins with a short, gentle warm-up along the picturesque Roanoke River Greenway then dives into the phenomenal Mill Mt singletrack trails network and finishes with a long rip of a downhill from the top of the Ridgeline trail, down Monument right back to the start!
This is an outstanding trail system that is well-maintained and cared for and it has exceptional wet weather tolerance - so when other trail systems are a mess due to recent rains the trails on Mill are most often still great to ride!
This ride tops out at the Mill Mountain Star, the world's largest freestanding illuminated man-made star, and the view of Roanoke from the overlook is unparalleled.
There's definitely climbing involved and there are some challenging sections which earn this ride its intermediate+ rating. Completing this route would be a great goal to aspire toward for novice mountain bikers and it's an outstanding riding / training route for intermediate up to pro level mountain bikers.
Need to Know
From UnderDog, jump on the Roanoke River Greenway and enjoy a beautiful, flat warm-up spin along the river for 1.2 miles until you reach the Riverland Road access. Turn right and then left onto Riverland, then after just a few hundred feet turn right into the Woodthrush Trailhead Parking area.
As soon as you pedal past the gate, jump onto the Woodthrush - Star Connector trail on the right and climb this fun, flowing trail to Woodthrush. Continue to climb on Woodthrush until you reach the Sidewinder trail. Turn right onto Sidewinder and climb it until it ends on the paved Mill Mt Parkway.
Turn right on the pavement and immediately start looking on your left for a trailhead. Turn left onto the trail when you see it and in a few feet you'll be at the Ridgeline and Riser Trail intersection. This intersection is a hub that you'll pass through a number of times during this ride to access various trails.
Go straight through this intersection down the Riser Trail and rip this fun DH until it ends on Big Sunny Trail. Turn sharp left on Big Sunny - this is fun, gentle grade DH with rooted areas and it ends with a 1' drop off onto the pavement of Robinhood.
Turn right onto Robinhood and DH it to Woodcliff Rd, bear left and it's a quick, short DH on this pretty neighborhood road to the Crystal Spring Trail. Turn right onto the Crystal Spring Trail, this is an easy singletrack spin, and it ends at one of the most beautiful homes in the area. Right after passing this gorgeous green estate bear right onto the gravel road, follow it a short way until it ends on Sylvan and go right onto it.
Locals call this the Old Road, it doubles as the Mill Mountain Greenway, and after one right-hand switchback it climbs for 0.4 miles to the Big Sunny trailhead. This is the other end of the Big Sunny Trail that you were on earlier. Climb Big Sunny to the Riser Trail, bear left onto Riser and climb until you reach the intersection of the Ridgeline trail.
Turn left onto Ridgeline and follow it up past the Mill Mountain Zoo and Discovery Center, then jump on the Mill Mountain Greenway and climb to the Roanoke Star! Take in the incredible view then descend on the greenway until you reach the Discovery Center and then bear right to descend on the Old Road for just a bit to the Understory trail. Turn sharp left onto Understory and you're in for a treat - this is a fun, flowy, rocky and challenging DH that's a local favorite. Understory ends on Ridgeline, bear right and descend back to the Riser intersection, turn left to go the pavement.
Turn right on the pavement and then turn left to downhill the Sidewinder trail that you climbed earlier. Sidewinder will end on Woodthrush, turn right on Woodthrush and roll it until you see the entrance to Virginia Pine on your left. Virginia Pine is a lollipop loop that's really fun and well-built. Bear left as you DH to enjoy the rocky left side of the loop as DH, then climb back up and turn left onto Woodthrush and take it until it ends on pavement.
Turn right onto the pavement and immediately left onto the Ridgeline access trail. Climb it, turn right onto Ridgeline and brace yourself for the toughest climbing section on the mountain. When you reach the crest of Ridgeline smile because what lies ahead is a well-earned, big, long DH back to the ride start!
DH Ridgeline back to the now super-familiar Riser intersection, turn right onto pavement and across to the Monument trail. Monument starts with a short climb, then it all-out rips all the way down to Sylvan.
Bear right down Sylvan, take a right-hand switchback and just after Camilla Ave look for a dirt alley on the left. DH this alley to Bellview, turn right, cross Walnut Ave and you're at UnderDog Bikes!