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Upper Left Loop

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Trail

9.9 mile 16.0 kilometer loop
75% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,317' 401 m
Descent: -1,316' -401 m
High: 2,013' 613 m
Low: 1,192' 363 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by John Gulyas

A fun technical ride with long fire road climbs and steep, technical downhill sections.

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Overview

A great ride if you don't want to beat yourself with steep climbs, but still want the exercise. The downhills can be steep and technical and you'll certainly be off the back of your saddle in some areas.

Need to Know

The top of Hemlock Tunnel is a bunch of really loose, really sharp rock. Bring extra tubes or be running tubeless!

Description

Going out 4 Gorge is a nice warm-up for this ride. Once you're at the intersection of 4 Gorge and Brushy Mountain fire road, turn right and start your climb! There are a couple of really nice over looks from the fire road so when you take a break for water or whatnot, be sure to enjoy the views!

Once you're at the trailhead for Hemlock Tunnel, get ready for some great switchbacks and steep, technical descents! Once at the bottom, you're in for some nice, fairly easy singletrack riding with a couple of creek crossings. When you come to the end of Hemlock Tunnel, turn left and start climbing back up the mountain on more fire road until you get to Comet.

The start of Comet is a bit like Hemlock Tunnel, just not as steep and a bit wider. There are a couple of quick, steep climbs coming out of Comet so you'll definitely get your heart rate back up. At the intersection of Comet and Tuckaway, you have the option to continue straight on Comet which is a pretty easy ride, turn left and go back up the mountain on Tuckaway, or turn right and finish out Tuckaway and ride the moderately easy lower trails.

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Chas Semon
Sep 29, 2019
Chas Semon
Sep 24, 2019
Stephen McBrayer
May 26, 2019
Luke Danhof
Mar 22, 2019
Will Niccolls
Fast and fun. — 1h 45m
Jun 11, 2018
Durelle Scott
Apr 27, 2018
Jim Slownsteady
Nov 2, 2017
Russell Hobart

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  4.6 from 9 votes

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#34

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Trail intersection of Tuckaway and Comet
Feb 5, 2013 near Daleville, VA
Bottom of Hemlock Tunnel
Feb 5, 2013 near Daleville, VA
Top of Comet
Feb 5, 2013 near Daleville, VA
Top trail head of Hemlock Tunnel.
Feb 5, 2013 near Daleville, VA
Resting at the top of the trail.
Feb 11, 2018 near Daleville, VA

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