Brush Mountain - TRAIL

Brush Mountain - Trail, Blacksburg, Virginia

Covers over 1000 vertical feet of trails. Lots of very technical downhills, grueling uphills, and extremely fast fireroads with banked turns. Lots of college kids rise here. Ask anyone which trails will take you to the top of the mountain.

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Dave   Cross Country Rider [Jul 24, 2009]

Rode at Pandapas the last two days, rode every trail there. Mixture of boring highways, fun sidehill trails, and some really tough rock gardens. Mostly technically easy. Enough vertical for a real workout. Pretty forest. Bottom line: if I lived in Blacksburg, I'd feel lucky to have such fun place to ride so close. But, not worth a long drive.

Customer Service

Nicest trails (IMHO): Snake root (down or up), May Apple (Super duper mellow, good for families, pretty trail).

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5
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4
cozmomo   Cross Country Rider [Jun 07, 2009]

I rode this trail system for 6 out of the last 8 days... I never got bored, but I always got worked over! Today I rode the Poverty Creek trail until you hit Royale, and climbed all the way to Prickly Pear... From there, I rode skullcap, trillium & then joined back up with poverty creek and rode it out to the end. After that, I joined the gravel rode and followed it back to the closest point I could get back on poverty creek & to the parking lot then to Horse Nettle then to Snake Root, & finally back to the parking lot via poverty creek. My computer measured 20.8 miles. So, there are probably around 25-30 miles of trail, since I didn't actually ride every nook and cranny.

All that being said, I would say that if you want super technical riding, you'll find it here. The first loop I rode on the prickly pear section thru trillium is pretty technical. If you reverse the route, it's much tougher since you have to climb the rock gardens instead of descend them. If you are a cross country purist, and rock gardens aren't your thing, stick with poverty creek or horse nettle. They are all excellent trails in their own right and I highly recommend riding here. I really enjoy the mix of trails, and the people who use the area all seem to be very nice. I give this area an A+ I am fortunate to have in-laws in the area, and if I need to get away(which is everyday), I head out to the trails and pound out several hours of killer riding.

Next time I am in the area, I will try "Mountain Lake" and "Dragons Back" as some of the locals highly recommended them. I would have done that this time, but I like to get to know a trail system intimately so that I can fully enjoy it. There isn't enough time to do that on three systems in one week. I hope this review helps anyone reading!

BTW, Snake Root has a notorious reputation and deserves every ounce of respect you've got. My brakes were so hot by the time I got done with the singletrack portion of the descent, that when I sprayed a few drops of water on the rotors, it steamed right off!

Customer Service

Today I rode the Poverty Creek trail until you hit Royale, and climbed all the way to Prickly Pear... From there, I rode skullcap, trillium & then joined back up with poverty creek and rode it out to the end. After that, I joined the gravel rode and followed it back to the closest point I could get back on poverty creek & to the parking lot then to Horse Nettle then to Snake Root, & finally back to the parking lot via poverty creek. My computer measured 20.8 miles.

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jbgilm   Cross Country Rider [Apr 12, 2009]

I was at Brush Mountain for the first time this week, and it is great. Went up Horse Nettle Trail, which is mostly boring but is a straightforward route to the top. Came down Snakeroot Trail twice. It is a lot of fun. I asked someone in a bikeshop if it was better to go up or down Snakeroot, and he said it is "terrifying in either direction." That's because there is a long section where there trail is very narrow and cuts across steep slopes, descending gradually. If you go off the trail, it would be bad because you would likely slide a long way. I did not mind this section, but someone I was riding with seriously hated this section of the trail. Farther down, it becomes a fire road and you can fly. If you don't like the lower section of trail, you don't have a pulse. Returned to the parking lot on Poverty Creek Trail.

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5
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5
doubleB   Cross Country Rider [Feb 03, 2008]

Great trails! Home of the 'Rowdy Dawg MTB Race'. definitely something for everyone - this trail has created many a mountain biking addict. If you can master the most brutal techno-single track on this mountain you can ride anything else in the country with total confidence.

If you have any questions about routes - get a map at www.EastCoasters.com they are the local bike shop in Blacksburg. They'll set you straight.

Customer Service

Get out and ride - you'll spend an entire summer finding your favorite route.

Similar Products Used: Mountain Lake Conservancy Trail System - 10 mins. west
www.MtnLakeConservancy.org
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5
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5
eedavis   Weekend Warrior [May 28, 2007]

Topo map at http://www.weaselworks.org/pandapas/ (Linked from LBS' web site, and under Pandapas trail here on MTBR.)

Lots of route combinations for trail riders, with a good range of difficulty. Most of the trails are in very good condition, except Jacob's Ladder has sections that are washed out enough that it'd be nearly impossible (for me, anway) to ride up. Going down, you'll fly right over the rough stuff.

Customer Service

Access from Pandapas access area on 460 is easier on your legs, that way you can decide how many times you want to climb to the ridge to the top of Old Farm, Jacob's Ladder and Snakeroot. You can ride out and back on Poverty Creek and/or the trails that branch off from it.

But if you have the legs and lungs to deal with the climbs, you'd be happier starting at the bottom of Old Farm/Gateway. Ride up Old Farm, down Jacob's Ladder or Snakeroot to Poverty Creek. From there you have lots of route options. I'd specifically recommend a trip down Royale from Road 708 back to Poverty Creek. Save a little energy for the climb up Snakeroot, then roll back down Old Farm. Watch out for hikers on the way down Old Farm, the sight lines seem to be shorter on this trail than others in the system.

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5
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5
gobriango   Cross Country Rider [Apr 18, 2007]

I thought the trails were beat. Not much in the way of anything. A few long climbs with no real payoff. Trails were either jeep road or over grown. It's alway possible I missed something but I rode everything that was recommended to me.

I would NOT go back.

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chadvb   Cross Country Rider [Sep 05, 2006]

I'm a VT student and I love Brush mountain. The trails are techinical and fun and pretty well maintained. The climbs can be brutal the first few times out but the more you go the better it gets. There are a lot of trails to ride and you won't get sick of bombing down the technical terrain.

Customer Service

Up gateway trail/old farm, take a left at the top out to Beauty(5 or 6 mud holes out) then across poverty creek and back up snakeroot. it is a pretty good 3 hour ride that will leave you begging for more!! Enjoy.

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5
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4
Sean   Weekend Warrior [Dec 01, 2003]

These trails are GREAT. I have been a student at Virginia Tech for the past two and a half years, and I am definitely tired of biking and hiking these trails. You have the option of taking the long climb up Horse Nettle (a semi technical singletrack) to the fire road and from there going to Snake Root (technical up top, flat and fast toward bottom) or Jacob's Ladder. I would recomend going down the latter (definitely not up), it is very fast and includes many chutes and small drop offs. If going staight up and down doesn't suit you, you can ride the other trails for a more traditional cross-country ride

Customer Service

From Blacksburg: Take 460-West towards WV. The trails are the first left after going over the first mountain.

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5
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3
Todd   [Dec 30, 1998]

Trails maintained my park rangers. Some horse trails but don't worry: if you want to do some serious biking, there won't be any horses in sight. Lots of rolling hills that you can generate tons of speed from. Be prepared to drop into your lowest gear and chug away for 15-20 minutes on the ascents. Some very challenging uphill sections with lots of loose rocks and limited traction. Descents are sometimes washed out and rutty but nonetheless FAST. Be prepared to ride both brakes the entire way down and rest up those forearms when you get the chance. Some downhills are very technical: some are covered in large, loose pieces of flat slate rock that all but prevent you from slowing down. Look for trees to run into with your shoulder in order to stop on the tough downhills. Lots of fast switchbacks and fireroads. Easily over 30 miles of trails all over this mountain. Also some easier trails around the pond.

Customer Service

These trails are awesome. There are so many ways to go that unless you are with someone who is familiar with the place, you will be riding around not knowing where you're going. But you can't really get lost. Take the trail head at the entrance to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used: Nothing compares.
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5
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Ben @ G3   [Jan 07, 1999]

Welcome to the home of the famous Rowdy Dawg Mountain Bike Race! Visit the website for detailed info about the mountain and the race...

www.g3.net/rowdydawg

I started riding on this mountain as a VT junior in 94. It was my first mountain bike ride ever. I became instantly addicted going up and down Old Farm on an ill-fitted, stiff fork, heavy mt. bike. My equipment and skills have improved over time and I even race a few times a year for fun. The trails on this mountain are as good as any I've ridden anywhere on a long list of mountains from WVA to PA. I feel lucky that this mecca is only a few minutes from my office for those late afternoon jaunts.

This mountain has it all - creek crossings, hairy down hills, steep climbs, long gradual climbs, technical flats, drop offs, switchbacks, 30+ miles of mostly single track heaven and very fast banked fireroads.
If you're looking for a great ride in SW Virginia, come to Blacksburg. Five hundred Chilis!

Customer Service

Start at Pandapas Pond (Recreational Area) off of 460 if you have a job and must make the most of your trail time. If you are a Virginia Tech student and have hours to burn start at Old Farm Road. Old Farm will whip your beer drinkin' butt into shape all by itself. Either route will lead you to the top of Brush Mountain. Stop by East Coasters in B'burg for a topo map with highlighted routes. Map costs a dime.

Similar Products Used: On this mountain there are just too many to list, some of'em are even secret. You'll just have to ride.
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