Rich Mountain - TRAIL

Rich Mountain - Trail, Ellijay, Georgia

All singletrack. Out to Lake Blue Ridge and back. Lots of climbing, great decents. 3 hour ride for experts.

User Reviews (20)

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ChipV   Weekend Warrior [Aug 31, 2005]

I think some of the previous reviewers are confused: There is a difference between the Rich Mountain Trail and the Stanley Gap trails. That being said, the Rich Mountain trail has always been a OHV road that went from Stanley Creek Rd to 515 (behind the rock quarry). Why anyone would want to ride that on a bike is beyond me! No matter, the gate is closed and I had the forest Service had went in and graded the whole thing. Stanley Gap is alot of fun, though, and I highly reccomend riding it from the Aska side across to the Stanley Gap side (downhill is much more enjoyable). For a longer ride, ride the Flat Creek Loop counterclockwise then go across the gap.

Similar Products Used: Bear Creek, Mountain Town, Pinhotti,Tansai, Chilhowee, Iron Mountain, Sumac Creek, etc,etc
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4
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4
sasquatch303   Cross Country Rider [May 22, 2005]

This trail is TOUGH! Seriously... I was gasping for air after fifteen minutes, but my second wind carried me through. It's not very technical, but the aerobic difficulty is incredible. I didn't see another person the whole three hours I was out there. THE DIRECTIONS ARE WRONG!!! After turning on Cherry Log, go about a mile and take a LEFT onto ROCK CREEK ROAD. Follow Rock Creek Road onto gravel for about 4-5 miles until you see the trailhead parking on the left.

Customer Service

Just go up, then down, and turn around. If you have time, do the lower loop by the creek.

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5
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5
Still sore from the uphill   Weekend Warrior [Oct 27, 2003]

This trail is a workout. From the parking lot you go into a dizzying 2.5 mile climb followed by a 3 mile downhill. You are either going up or down because there is no flat on this trail. This is not for the faint of heart or out of shape. Great endurance builder. For the advanced rider, this is a great trail to keep your ego in check. Bring lots of water to replenish the tears you will be crying. The trail has lots of rocks and roots. I took a good wipe on one of the short -n- steep downhill sections. Overall this was a very good training trail with beautiful views. Not very technical but that was ok - I was so tired that any tech might have killed me.

Customer Service

We got lost 5 times trying to find the place. Good luck. It's in the Rich Mountain state park.

Similar Products Used: First ride in the Ellijay area. Looking forward to more.
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5
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5
Karen   [Dec 25, 1998]

This is an epic trail. All singletrack, with lotsa climbing (~4000ft with all options), and great downhills. Options include a small section near Lake Blueridge, and Flat Creek to make it a 3-4 hr ride. Very little traffic. Be in shape or it will kick your "lilly ass"! The Pink Pig in Cherry Log is good for you bbq lovers after the ride.

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5
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skillet   [Jan 01, 1999]

This is my favorite trail in Georgia (so far). You will climb, climb, climb for an hour or so to begin. This is followed by some of the sweetest downhill around. Fast,rooty, rocky, technical. Cross Aska road at the bottom for more of the same to the lake. Turn around and ride it all back the other way. The Flat Creek extension is also fun.
Eat at Colonel Poole's BBQ in E.Ellijay afterwards (the place with all the pigs on the hill).

Customer Service

same as Dave F.

Similar Products Used: Bear Creek, Mountaintown Creek, Windy Gap, River Loop, Red & White Loop
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5
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Todd   [Jan 08, 1999]

Used to live in Atlanta and rode this trail many times, beginning in 1992. Still dream about that long, lung-busting climb to the ridge and the great descent. The total elevation gain is closer to 1800 ft than 4000 (?), but it will still test you mightily (especially in the clam-chowder humidity of summer). On the gravel road back to Aska, watch out for dogs near the farm houses; my wife was almost chomped by major-league Rotweiller. Maybe he's gone to dog heaven by now...

Customer Service

Same as below...

Similar Products Used: Bull Mountain, Bear Creek, Winding Stairs, MOE
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5
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Trick   [Jan 21, 1999]

ugh! What a lung-buster! This, along with Bull Mountain, is one of my very favorite trails in the area. Be prepared for some serious climbing and some intense singletrack downhilling. The best part is, you get to ride everything backwards if you so choose. I don't recommend taking a beginner rider here though.

Customer Service

I like to start at the game checking station and ride to the lake. My choice is for an up-and-back (I'm a singletrack slut)for about a 15 mile jaunt. There's many other option though.

Similar Products Used: Bull Mountain, Windy Gap, Lake Loop, Moe, Bear Creek, Mountaintown, etc.
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5
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scott   [Apr 21, 1999]


Out of all the trails Ive riden in Ga this one is the best. I must have walked 3/4 of all the up hills on this trail but the down hills made it all worth it. Ive been riding Yellow River about twice a week for the past 3 months, and thought I was in shape.....what ever........This is what Mountain biking is all about.....
The only thing what comes close is Sunset Trail and Submarine rock in Northern Az.

Customer Service

From cherry log to the lake and back,

Similar Products Used: Yellow River (good weekday) , chickapee, Conyers, Carters lake , Soap Creek (the couple of down hill rocky sections ONLY!!!)
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5
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Mike   [Aug 20, 1999]

This is the baaadist trail in the east. It's the perfect trail for introducing your "friends" from out west to east coast climbing. While the actual altitude change is less than 2000', the total climb is well over the previously mentioned 4000'. It's all singletrack hardpack with a couplle of little rocky sections. It's all steep. It's all ridable (if your really in shape). It's 100% fun. This is the perfect trail to let you know just how good of shape your in. Except for one 100 yard section, this trail never gets muddy (even when riding in the rain). Here's the real scoop on how long it takes to ride this trail.
Average rider who thinks their 'advanced' 4-5 hours.
Beginner racer 3 hours
Sport racer 2.5 hours
Expert racer 2.25 hours or less
If you can ride this trail in less than two hours (I'm told fast experts can), you are truly awsome.
Consider riding after the leaves have fallen in the winter. 40 mph on leaves when you can't see the dirt, what a rush!
NEVER EVER TAKE A BEGINNER ON THIS RIDE!!!
One more thing; run your tire pressures high. Traction is no problem, pinch flats are. These are some of the fastest single track downhills you'll ever ride.

Customer Service

If you need a warm up, start at the game check station. If you like to start with a serious climb, start at the trail head. Either way, go all the way to the lake and back or your a loser.

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5
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John   [Aug 29, 1999]

Mike from Jonesboro nails the description of this trail on the head. Read it and take heed. However, he fails to mention about the necessity for bringing your banjo. Enjoyed the ride and the company Bro

Customer Service

To blueidge lake and back crossing Aska Rd

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