Whetstone Ridge Ride
ElevationAscent: 3,282' 1,000 m
Descent: -3,277' -999 m
High: 3,278' 999 m
Low: 1,365' 416 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A full loop with an epic ridgeline with a killer descent.”— Joseph Rowe III
- There are no services available anywhere along the route so come prepared with ample supplies. As mapped the ride starts along Irish Creek Road before taking Nettle Creek Road to reach the Blue Ridge Parkway. Alternatively riders can stick to Irish Creek Road almost to the start of the trail.
The Whetstone Ridge Trail #523 is a great backcountry trail that's generally easy to follow. The ridgeline has many views in all directions. Expect numerous techy sections, hard climbs, great singletrack, and an awesome descent at the end that heads back to the road.
No maps are totally accurate of this area as a lot of the trails are old hunting paths. The turn down the switchbacks is marked but finding it on maps is tough. There are other ways down and they pretty much take you back to the bottom road but this trail is the best way down.
Part of the appeal of this trail and the surrounding area is that this ain’t Disneyland. In the backcountry, the element of 'figure it out yourself' always exists. This ridgeline is, however, a gem to be shared!
The end of the singletrack conveniently deposits riders back at where you left your car.
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Land Manager: USFS - George Washington and Jefferson National Forest