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High Voltage/Live Wire Shortest Loop

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 3.8 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Shortest all-trail loop to ride the epic Live Wire downhill.


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13.3

Miles

21.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,899' 579 m

High

677' 206 m

Low

1,796' 548 m

Up

1,795' 547 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This route is for those looking to enjoy one of the best descents on the East Coast, including Live Wire 1 and Live Wire 2 in the shortest all-trail loop option.

Description

While the trails are bidirectional, it is recommended to ride counterclockwise to optimize the downhill.

This route begins from the parking area along the river at the bottom of the mountain. Beginning counterclockwise, you'll start with High Voltage. At the end of the long High Voltage climb, take a right onto Split Rock briefly before intersecting with Laurel Point to the right. Laurel Point will flow in to Electric Avenue 1 which will take you to the East Overlook parking area. From there, ride down the parking area road and straight across to the entrance of East Rim. East Rim will dump you out in the power line clearing where you'll turn right onto Live Wire 1.

The ride finishes with a fun 4.7 mile, 800 foot descent featuring rock gardens, switchbacks, and bridges. The descent is fast and steep in places, allowing for a blistering pace down the length of Live Wire 1 and Live Wire 2.

Contacts

Local Club: SORBA - Chattanooga

Land Manager: TVA - Raccoon Mountain

Shared By:

Brandon Johnson

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  3.8 from 11 votes

#1997

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  3.8 from 11 votes
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Photos

Samantha doing the MTB Limbo on the Raccoon Mountain Trail System March 2009
Mar 23, 2014 near Chattan…, TN
Heading down this section of High Voltage is more fun than climbing back up, but you have to pay to play.
Apr 30, 2018 near Chattan…, TN
Samantha, Taylor and I under the power lines along the Raccoon Mtn Trail System March 2009
Mar 23, 2014 near Chattan…, TN
Climbing out the top of High Voltage or the start of your screaming decent to the bottom.
Jul 22, 2017 near Chattan…, TN
When climbing High Voltage, this is the section where you should think: "Get skinny!"  This is also right before the climbing really gets tough.
Jul 22, 2017 near Chattan…, TN
Screaming down this section of High Voltage is more fun than climbing back up, but you have to pay to play.
Jul 22, 2017 near Chattan…, TN

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Aug 25, 2020
Jason Longbrake
Jul 10, 2020
Taz Brown
This was a fun, fun ride. I just came from Bentonville AR and these trails are much better! 13.1mi
Jul 4, 2020
Michael Dorsey
Dec 3, 2019
S W
Dry. Perfect overcast cold day to ride. Amazing! 13.3mi — 4h 00m
Oct 3, 2019
Rosstipher Jordan
14mi — 3h 00m
Aug 10, 2019
Austin Martin
13.3mi
Jun 15, 2019
Ryan Smith
big climb but amazing dh reward 13.3mi