East West Loop - Trail, Chatsworth, Georgia

East West Loop - Trail, Chatsworth, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

Combination single track and old mining roads; technical sections with boulder fields; lots of downhill; lots of climbs, some very steep; a real challege for the toughest riders.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 16, 2007]
gasiorv
Weekend Warrior

Rode this trail last weekend, trail is in good shape except for some of those stinging plants that are overhanging into the trail. That was my first experience with those and I hope I never have to deal with them again. This trail is challenging, especially for those who are a little overweight and don't do a lot of climbing (I am from memphis, where there is no elevation). The downhill on the pipeline is awesome, rode the whole thing, did get sucked into one rut and went over the bars, but picked her up and kept on riding. Saw two black bears in a section where all the horse trails and bike trails cross, pretty scary for someone who has never seen a bear in the wild before. The climb out is tough and I only made it about 1/8 of a mile before I had to start pushing. Wasn't bad push though, even in Mt Bike shoes. Bring plenty of water, especially if your riding in August, I sucked my camel back dry about a mile from the end.

Customer Service

I started at the lake and started around mile 3 or 3.5 and road clockwise. You get minimal climbing up front, pipeline downhill, miles of up down, and then the big climb. After that it is all downhill back to the parking lot at the lake, pretty fun.

Similar Products Used:

Gold mine trail. Bear Creek in Ellijay. Also, stop in at the bike shop in Ellijay, he was telling me about a 16 mile trail that runs from the top of Ft mountain to Bear Creek, I think it was called Pinhoti or something, unfortunately, I stopped in the bike shop at the end of my vacation, not the beginning.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 15, 2007]
gasiorv
Weekend Warrior

Been awhile since this trail has been reviewed, so I figured I'd give it a shot. This is a tough trail for the aerobically challenged and overweight like myself, however, I enjoyed this trail, especially the pipeline downhill. The stinging nettles are still all along the sides of the trail, but they are clear down the center (just watch for large rocks in the center of the trail which are camoflauged by grass). I come across two black bear on the trail, luckily they were running away!! The climb back out of the back section is a killer, I only made it approx 1/8" mile and then pushed my bike the rest of the way, but I didn't mind and it wasn't a bad walk in mt bike shoes.

Customer Service

I rode it clockwise and started down by the lake.

Similar Products Used:

There are plenty of trails in this area that you do not have to pay a fee to ride, stop at the bike shop in Ellijay and they will provide you with a lot of good trails and info.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 14, 2006]
J.Lee
Cross Country Rider

Overall, the this trail is rocky and challenging. I highly recommend picking up a free map at the park office before heading out. We headed out using Mountain Bike trails of North Ga. book and this is inadequate at best. The map in the book is vauge and the written directions were even worse. It also didn't help that a sign was down. Note; if you end up on a horse trail (any trail designation that starts with 4) than you made a wrong turn. Also, if you see a sign that states that you are leaving the sate park, turn back around. Use the park map, comnpass or better yet, try to find the down sign. We ended up back in Chatsworth somehow and a nice local gave us a ride back up to the park on Hwy 52. Our 14.4 mile ride ended being 5hrs long. We were dehydrated, hungry, and tired but other than that, we had a great time!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 06, 2005]
Angry Beaver
Weekend Warrior

Well I got on this trail accidentally. I was supposed to take the Gold Mine Loop, but didn't bring a map and made a wrong turn, so it was the East West Loop for me! It had been raining pretty regularly when I went so the trail was nasty and muddy. When I got to the powerline downhill, (this is when I realized I had taken a wrong turn), I rode about half way down, but the second half was so steep and rutty that I don't see how anyone could possibly ride it. I'd like to see someone try. After that you have a little up and down action for a while as you work your way around to the north again. I had to walk most of the short uphills here due to the mud and my burning legs. Once you get around to the final climb, get ready for some pain like you've never felt before. As if the climb wasn't enough, the nettles will tear your legs up. Some sections were so overgrown that I was literally up to my neck in folliage as I trudged through. I ended up walking most of the climb and I ran out of water. I took a few swigs from a stream that I passed by. It's nice clean spring water. Not reccommended unless you're completely out of water and are dehydrated like I was. There are phenominal views all along this trail. That made it worth the pain for sure. I'm giving this a lower rating though, mainly due to the overgrowth, and because I think the powerline downhill could possibly use some switchbacks or something.

Customer Service

Clockwise. There are a lot of different trails all over the mountain so BRING A MAP! It's pretty easy to get mixed up, and some of the signage is difficult to interpret unless you're familiar with the mountain.

Similar Products Used:

Gold Mine Loop. Much better suited to non hardcore people like me :)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 15, 2005]
jackshady
Cross Country Rider

Just a quik note to anyone who rides on the E-W loop and gets hit with the stinging plant ( stinging nettle) find out what jewelweed looks like. It usually grows in the vicinity of nettles and it is a remedy to the sting of nettle. Many companies are now harvesting it for treatment of poison ivy and other harmful plants. All you do is rub the leaves of this plant around in your palms and it will start to break up and create a gel like substance rub that on the spots. Good luck with the rest of the ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 19, 2004]
gtg252b
Cross Country Rider

This trail is one of the least fun trails I have ever ridden. Having said that, if you're looking for a good workout, and some technical training on steep treacherous downhill, then this might be your trail. The things that I didn't like about thiis trail were that it is very overgrown with stinging nettles, and almost the entire 14 miles are covered with loose rocks. Except for the first four miles, and maybe the last 2 or 3, the trail doesn't flow very well either -- in other words you can't keep your speed up, and you end up wasting momentum even on the downhills. But I guess you can't expect much better from old mining roads.

Customer Service

Just follow the signs labeled 301

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 14, 2003]
RLing
Weekend Warrior

I honestly do not believe that any sane human being would try to ride all of the infamous "powerline downhill" section of this trail. I rode the first half without dying but some of the second half, which switchbacks down on loose rock and gravel, was difficult to walk, much less ride. Once you've lost a thousand feet or so of elevation, the trail gets quite easy (except for the occasional patch of stinging nettle). The mines and old ruined buildings are interesting (one had a sign saying "No solicitors," which I found amusing). Having riden the long uphill back to civilization on a previous ride, and being short of daylight and energy, I pushed my bike up the 7-8 switchbacks to the Cool Springs Overlook to skip the tough two mile uphill grind. In 15 minutes I was back on top. The Cool Springs switchbacks had been improved since last time (fewer rocks and nettle), and definitely offers an easy escape for the tired, lazy, or soon-to-be in the dark solo rider.

Customer Service

Either bring a parachute, expect a few broken bones, or be aware that you may need to dismount on some of the downhill.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 28, 1998]
Freddy

Great views!! A great intermediate to advanced ride. Very steep downhill going down the powerlines and a killer climb back to the top of the mountain. Inbetween is some really fast hardpack roadbed. Check out the talc mines once you are thru the power line section(but no, you can't go in them). They blow a cool breeze during the summer and I think a warm breeze in cold weather.

Customer Service

From Bike parking lot ride the trail clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Gold Mine Loop (also inside Fort Mountain State Park) Tatum Lead Trail, Bear Creek, Mountaintown Creek, Windy Gap.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 05, 1999]
Rick

I rode this for the first time and plan to ride it monthly or more often. It starts of very mild with some up and down, nothing technical. When you get to the split at the 4 mile mark, keep going up the advanced trail. It starts getting steep here as you climb up to the top of the mountain with the radio tower on it. I took a break here to enjoy the view. Now, you start down what was a very steep descent to me. I am not the most advanced rider, but with 4 stops, my brake pads were nearly smoking and my arms were aching. This was a rush. The downhill is from roughly 2600 feet to 1600 feet over lots of rocks and bowling ball sized boulders. There are not so many that you can't ride it, but be careful.

Next, you basically stay on the same contour line and pass the mines and cross a couple of streams. From mile 9 to 10, I think, there is a very steep downhill over what looks like crushed rock that I couldn't ride over. It is probably 2 feet deep with loose rocks. This is a good place to see some serious carnage.

Next, the climb out of the canyon. I was not prepared for this climb. The route follows the stream up the center of the canyon and continues for about 3 miles. Some switchbacks here, but mostly neverending climbing. When you climb out, you have about 2 miles left of easy trail to the parking lot.

I can't wait to take my friends here. There is a $2 park fee and $2 trail fee.

Customer Service

Run this the way that the map shows...clockwise. You can break off at about the 4mile mark and take the short loop. Otherwise, you take the advanced loop which is more fun anyway.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 05, 1999]
Keith

You had better be in good shape for this one.Long climb to where T.V.towers are,Then drops off mountain,make sure to check brakes for this one.boulder field not rideable but only short section like that,you will be ready to get off bike by then anyway.never ending climb out.pretty views most of ride,definately a must ride!

Customer Service

I camped there so I added two miles to the loop leaving from campsite.I started at the two mile marker.

Similar Products Used:

I would recomend all three loops at fort mountain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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