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black Varnedoe Trail

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Trail

1.7 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 208' 63 m
Descent: -70' -21 m
High: 1,436' 438 m
Low: 1,247' 380 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Zack Butler

Nice rock features with a good mix of flow and climbs.

Zack Butler

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Description

The Varnedoe Trail runs between the Sugar Tree and the Bill & Marion Certain Trail. To access it from the Cecil Ashburn Drive trailhead, take the Bill & Marion Certain Trail to the Sugar Tree Trail. The Varndoe Trail will be on your left, just before the Sugar Tree Trail starts a big descent down the mountain.

The first 1.5 miles of the Varnedoe Trail runs at a relatively constant elevation, just below the bluff with various technical features (roots and rocks). There are a few nice flowing sections. At about 1 mile into the trail, it crosses the power line easement. The power line easement crossing can be tricky in the summer when the grass is tall and obstructs the trail. Watch out for snakes!

Near the end of the Varnedoe Trail, it makes a steep ascent with switchbacks up to the top the mountain. You may have to hike-a-bike up this section, as the gravel and rocks tend to make it difficult to obtain enough traction to pedal up it. At the top, you'll be at a TV tower at the Bill & Marion Certain Trail intersection. The Bill & Marion Certain Trail will take you back to the trailhead.

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DaveJD  
Ride this in reverse after the Certain trail and you have a pretty fun rock garden down hill instead of walking your bike up hill and wanting to die. Jul 3, 2018

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