Sleepy Creek South End Loop

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10.5 Miles 16.9 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

1,267' 386 m

Ascent

-1,275' -389 m

Descent

1,856' 566 m

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899' 274 m

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A good climb with awesome rocky technical singletrack.

Joe Smith

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Be careful during hunting seasons.
A better rocky technical singletrack descent does not exist!

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Enter at Brush Creek access (ample parking here), ride doubletrack for a few miles, then ascend wide, very rocky, steep singletrack. Turn left at top of first climb onto dirt road, which turns into doubletrack (Tuscarora trail) and climbs some more. At the top is series of nice rock gardens and a great view.

Begin descending after shelter area. This part contains some of the best technical singletrack that you'll find anywhere, with rock steps, drops, and switchbacks. Toward the bottom is a fast roller-coaster stretch that ends at a creek crossing. Then more wide/doubletrack. There is some barbed wire across the trail at one point here, ride around to the right and then left again to rejoin trail. On the final ascent there is a choice of dirt road or singletrack. Just ride up the dirt road for a few hundred yards and then go left into the woods anywhere you want and you'll find the singletrack 30-50 feet in. This leads you right back to the parking area.

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Nov 5, 2016
Kirk Clark
Trails on the back side aren't very well marked. We got lost and ended up on a gravel Rd south of 681 14.2mi
Aug 23, 2016
Craig Miller
Peaceful midweek ride. — 9h 02m
Apr 15, 2014
Luke Mattar

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Whoa! Got lost for an hour. Directions in the second paragraph up top are not great. Not sure when they were written but this trail is overgrown on the way back, not to mention a number of large trees that you will have to carry your bike over. Let's start here: "Toward the bottom is a fast roller-coaster stretch that ends at a creek crossing." Wait! Stop! Don't cross the creek on that nice little bridge with the Blue blazes marking it. And don't then climb for a half hour and then get lost on another old road! Before crossing the creek over that nice bridge stay left and keep left on the old road that is largely overgrown. For the next mile or so you will be riding through brush up to your knees and climbing over at least 3 large trees that have fallen across the road. And fortunately I didn't get impaled on any barbed wire. Man that had me jittery. Not sure if I missed it or if someone was kind enough to take it down. Ok, eventually you will cross the small creek and continue on the road that is in much better shape over here. Take out your headphones - I think I passed through a shooting range! Then continue as it says, "On the final ascent there is a choice of dirt road or singletrack. Just ride up the dirt road for a few hundred yards and then go left into the woods anywhere you want and you'll find the singletrack 30-50 feet in. This leads you right back to the parking area." I didn't see where the trail split and gave me the choice of road or singletrack. Eventually climbed the road and shot into the woods on the left to find the trail and made it back to the parking area. All in all, very challenging. Novices DO NOT try it! Rock gardens are legit and descents can be technical with off camber switchbacks. Basically, an enduro ride - carrying bike over HUGE fallen trees, navigating through brush up to your knee/thighs at times, dismounting through some stretches of rock garden that are too gnarly to ride. A lot of fun if you are up to the challenge but be prepared! Aug 23, 2016


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