Reddish Knob to Wild Oak: Chestnut & Grindstone Ridge Shuttle
ElevationAscent: 975' 297 m
Descent: -3,733' -1,138 m
High: 4,384' 1,336 m
Low: 1,627' 496 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
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“A great way to experience Wild Oak on Chestnut and Grindstone ridges without the Camp Todd climb.”— Mark Hoyle
This routes uses a part of the big Wild Oak N.R.T. (716) ... you can combine this with a ride on Lookout to get some of the best portions of this great ride!
The route is really easy to follow... You park one car at the lower Wild Oak parking lot, same as used by Lookout, and either ride up or set up a shuttle and drive up to the top of Reddish Knob. If riding, you can do the traditional ride up the paved road, or you can ride UP Wolf Ridge (378) and Timber Ridge Trail (431).This has some steep hike-a-bike sections but is doable.
Once on Reddish Knob, take in the views, then start downhill. Leave the top and about 400 yards past where the trail comes in on the right for Wold / Timber, you'll turn left onto Forest Road 85. Then after a fun, fast gravel downhill, turn left onto gated FS 427 at mile 1.5. This is a really fun ride out to Little Bald Knob... lots of water bars to jump and easy climbing.
At about mile 6.0, in the big clearing on Little Bald Knob, pick up the Wild Oak N.R.T. (716) on Chestnut Ridge and go-go-go! The only intersection is at mile 10.5. Turn left to go up and over Grindstone Ridge, or bail out turning right on Skidmore Fork Trail.
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