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Guild Trails

Easy/Intermediate
 4.2 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beginner-friendly out-and-back that takes riders on a tour of Lookout Mountain.


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Map Key

18.3

Miles

29.4

KM

45%

Singletrack

1,763' 537 m

High

861' 262 m

Low

1,890' 576 m

Up

1,887' 575 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

This area closes at dusk.

Overview

This ride passes many popular sites on Lookout Mountain including the Incline Railway, Cravens House, and Ruby Falls.

Need to Know

Use extra caution at road crossings - the curvy road up the mountain limits visibility.

Description

The ride begins at the base of Lookout Mountain near St. Elmo. Pull off in the parking lot off of Ochs Highway and cross the road to begin on Guild Trail.

About a mile into the ride, the Guild Trail crosses another highway and runs through the Ruby Falls parking lot. Continue straight and follow the "BIKE ROUTE" signs.

Further up the mountain, the trails forks with the Upper Truck Trail. Take a left to head east towards Cravens House or take a right to head west towards Covenant College (as mapped). The section of trail that heads east is partially on-road. Make sure to bear right when you reach the road and follow it until you reach Cravens House.

The Hardy Trail continues off-road past Cravens House until it reaches the Scenic Highway and ends. If you take a right at the fork and head west, you'll end up on a slightly more technical trail that ends underneath Covenant College.

This ride stays to the right initially, doing an out-and-back to the end of the Upper Truck Trail and then bears right (east) at the fork to continue to the northern end of the Upper Truck Trail. It then continues onto the Hardy Trail for a quick out-and-back, before heading back to the forked intersection to retrace the Guild Trail back to the start.

Contacts

Shared By:

Caleb Fox

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 5 votes

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  4.2 from 5 votes
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#2,030

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Trail
Jul 10, 2018 near Lookout…, TN
Mostly doubletrack gravel trail
Jul 10, 2018 near Lookout…, TN
View from trail
Jul 10, 2018 near Lookout…, TN
The end of the Hardy Trail
Jun 14, 2018 near Lookout…, TN
Cravens House Monument
Jul 10, 2018 near Lookout…, TN
Near upper trail end
Jul 10, 2018 near Lookout…, TN

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Jan 27, 2020
Quentin Miller
12mi
Mar 30, 2019
Shawn Barthel
Fun ride. Gets a little gnarly with the erosion and the gravel downhill. Few trees down as well. 11mi — 2h 20m
Mar 12, 2019
Chris Bronson
Nice ride. Wide trails, not too technical. Some longer climbs, but fun and fast coming back. 17mi — 2h 05m
Jul 10, 2018
Steven Diercks
10.5mi
Jul 7, 2018
Austin Martin
Battery place to cravens house, sunset park, point park, and back. Rode every bit of guild-hardy trail. 18.3mi