The Massanutten Western Slope is privately owned and riders must carry a valid annual pass or purchase a day pass ($10) or week pass ($25) from the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.
A favorite hot lap for technical rock junkies and suckers for punishment alike. Ride this loop clockwise for a smoother climb and super technical descent down Kaylor Ridge Trail (North) and Puzzler
Ride it counterclockwise for technical rock crawling on the climb and higher speed, flowing features on Laird's Downhill
and Laird's Nose.
Need to Know
Bring plenty of food and drink for this mission of a hot lap. Make sure to have spare a tube and tools as it is a long hike out.
Head north past the pond and hop on Laird's Nose for a solid warm-up climb to Upper Laird's Downhill
. Turn right onto the super technical, Kaylor Ridge Trail (North), and stay on the ridge until you reach Del Webb Drive. Cross the road and continue along Peak Ridge Trail
until you get to Puzzler
. Turn right for a hair-raising descent, left onto Special K
. Cross the road again, turning left onto Upper Homestead
Trail, then hang a left onto Lower Homestead
for a nice cool-down to the bottom.
Head up Lower Homestead
, Upper Homestead
, Special K
. Left at Peak Ridge Trail
and back over the road to Kaylor Ridge Trail (North). It will get progressively more difficult and technical and will likely involve some hike-a-bike.
Once you top out on Kaylor's Knob, you can enjoy some fun, high-speed descending on Upper Laird's Downhill
to Laird's Nose, Lower Granny Bypass, Boundary and VA'54 for some fun flow back to the parking lot.
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