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Dragons Back - North Mountain Trail Loop

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12.5 Miles 20.0 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

2,106' 642 m

Ascent

-2,083' -635 m

Descent

3,041' 927 m

High

1,519' 463 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

Unknown

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A loop ride with a tough and technical section on the Dragon's Back—a spiny ridge trail that is very technical.

Kristen Arendt

Overview

Dragon's Back (North Mountain Trail) is the sister trail to Dragon's Tooth. This spiny ridge trail is very technical and often requires some scrambling, but the rewards are well worth your effort. This is an 11-mile singletrack loop with technical climbs and descents. Did we mention it is rocky?
Features: Commonly Bikepacked
Dogs: Off-leash

Description

Dragon's Back is the sister trail to Dragon's Tooth. This spiny ridge trail is very technical and often requires some hiking with your bike, but the rewards are well worth your effort. It is an 11-mile singletrack loop with technical climbs and descents. Did we mention it is rocky?

Driving Directions:
• Take Rt. 311 North from Roanoke/Salem (off exit 141 of I81) for about 13 miles
• Follow up over large mountain (A.T. crosses at top – leads to McAfee Knob)
• Continue on Rt. 311 and you'll pass a gas station on your left, then Dragon’s Tooth trailhead on your left.
• After a long straight away look for a right turn onto FS Road 224 (Wildlife Road)
• Follow for a mile or so to Deer Trail on right – begin ride here

Trail Description:
• From Deer Trail ride continue on the Forest Service road until you reach Turkey Trail on your right
• Head up Turkey trail to the ridge
• Turn right on North Mountain trail and ride to Deer Trail
• Turn left and head down Deer Trail to car

For more information visit the Forest Service website fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/easterndiv…

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