Orange Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 391' 119 m
Descent: -321' -98 m
High: 923' 281 m
Low: 617' 188 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“A beautiful rolling singletrack through the hardwood forest with a blazing descent at the finish!”— Ryan Smith
The trail begins and finishes at the main parking area for the Broughton's Wildlife Area off of SR 821. The trailhead is located approximately 30 feet up the hill behind the trail map at the parking area.
Initially, the trail climbs up through some pine trees and makes a couple of tight switchbacks before reaching a bench where the trail forms a "loop" and you can choose to go left or right. Taking a left, traveling clockwise around the loop, provides the biggest downhill at the finish but the loop rides great in either direction.
After turning left, you'll cross a small gravel service road after a short distance. Cross the road and continue on the singletrack. From here, the trail winds through beautiful hardwood forest with some minor climbing and descending on its way to the highest point on the trail. On your right, you'll see a couple of trails splitting off of the main trail. These are connectors that will shorten the route. To continue on the main trail, stay left at these intersections.
Once you are within 0.25 miles of the high point on the trail, you'll cross a doubletrack path. Continue straight across the doubletrack following the singletrack to the top of the hill. At the highest point, there is a nice log bench that is a great place to take a breather before starting the descent back to the trailhead. The downhill starts out super fast off the top, with some sections in the middle that require a few hard pedal strokes to keep the momentum going.
Remember to stay left at any trail intersections to avoid getting off course on one of the connector trails. Before the final drop to the parking area, the trail traverses a flat bench, meets with the original intersection that we started, and heads back down through the pines to the parking lot. Enjoy!
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Photos, Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Local Club: River Valley Mountain Bike Association
Jan 11, 2019: Challenge at Mountwood Race planned for April 7, 2019!
Land Manager: Broughton Nature & Wildlife Education Area