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Gauley Headwaters EPIC

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IMBA EPIC Ride in the Slatyfork backcountry.


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45.1

Miles

72.6

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Singletrack

4,488' 1,368 m

High

2,718' 829 m

Low

5,012' 1,528 m

Up

5,113' 1,558 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This route, designated an IMBA EPIC, is a challenging backcountry ride on the Monongahela National Forest that includes the best trails on the Tea Creek Trail System.

Description

The route begins with a climb up Mine Road 219/1 to Tea Creek Trail #454, passes the shelter, then crosses over on Gauley Mtn. - Tea Creek Connector #413 to Gauley Mountain Trail. The ride gets challenging with a turn onto Red Run Trail #439, a climb up Right Fork Tea Creek Trail #453 and all the way to the top of Tea Creek Mountain Trail #452. Past the rock garden is a long downhill. There is a new bridge on Williams River Trail to get across Tea Creek.

At Tea Creek Campground, there is a chance to stop to refill on water before passing the campsites to get to Bannock Shoals Trail #446. There is climb up Saddle Loop Trail #448 then Turkey Point Trail #447 over to Boundary Trail #449. Then, Bear Pen Ridge Trail #440 connects back to Gauley Mountain Trail. There is doubeltrack again on Mine Road 219/1 up to Props Run Trail. The ride ends with a descend on Props Run Trail down to the Elk River Inn and Restaurant.

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Robin Bruns

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The trail entrance gets you ready for several miles of rooty, rocky gnar!
Feb 26, 2017 near Marlinton, WV
Resting on the shoals of bannock
May 27, 2018 near Marlinton, WV

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