Beartree Gap Area Trails - TRAIL

Beartree Gap Area Trails - Trail, Damascus, Virginia

From there my favorite route is to ride the main road to the last camping area(3 miles)and get on Yancy Trail. Then you will climb the drain bed until you intersect Iron Mtn Trail, take a left and head towards Damascus. After a few miles of "ridge running" you will come down a long downhill until you come to a 4-way crossroad @ Shaw's Gap. Take a left and then an imediate right, this will put you on the old race course. Follow this trail for about 2 miles until you intersect Beartree Trail, take a right and you will come out @ the park entrance.

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mtclimber03   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2009]

Schew buddy! This loop as recommended above is not for the faint hearted nor the novice rider! The loop took me approx. 2 hours to complete. The ride up Beartree rd. is very moderate and a great warm up to whats to follow. Once on the Lum trail things get technical and steep about half way into the climb. When I reached the Straight mtn. shelter I thougt I was done with the climbing but I was wrong, so be prepared if you take this loop to climb alot! Once on the Iron Mtn. ridge line the trail goes back up and down with short fun descents and painful but short climbs. I consider myself a very strong rider but I definitely had short sections I had to walk. The decent to Shaw Gap and the Beartree trail is sweet so don't let yourself get to discouraged on the climb up! i would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a good challenge and beautiful scenery.

Customer Service

as described in previous post

Similar Products Used: if you can make the trip another 1 & 45 minutes to Wilson Creek area of Pisgah I highly recommend that! Wilson crk area has a load f trails to choose from in the 181 corridor.
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Yes I like steel   Racer [Feb 15, 2007]

Yes, Just as described below in previous review. Trails are excellent Back Country Type Trails. Let me suggest an altenative or two. Camp @ Beartree and ride yo butt off on these trails. Get National Geographic non tearable map from Ranger Station in Marion. No sorry no naked native women in map. Nat Geo just does maps better than anyone else. Ascend (climb) the Lum trail no, not Yancey and turn RIGHT for an epic on the Iron Mountain Trail to Hurricane campground and take a combo of Forest Roads and Trail back to Beartree. Or, beartree to Damascus and return via 58 and Beech Tree Gap trail.

Customer Service

Dude, its all good. WARNING, watch the Jackasses on the Rice Rockets on 58. One came left of center and hit me in my Soobie Forester. Soobie 1, Dork on Rice Rocket 0. He lose, He lose bad.Not a good situation. Just consider yourself warned. Also, be nice to equestrians. They can be found out on the Iron Mountain Trail also. Most are good folks but hey there is always a bad apple.

Similar Products Used: Get yo BOB trailer and do a overnight epic going between the Creeper and the New River TRail. Schweet!!
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casey441   Cross Country Rider [Feb 20, 2006]

The trail from the upper end of the road up to the Iron is Lum trail, not Yancey. Yancey is a quick half- mile connector from Beartree Gap Trail down to the pay station. The summer crowds mentioned apply only to the area around the lake near the fishermans' parking lot- pretty rare to see anybody up on the mountain. Great ride, all singletrack once you're off the paved campground road. Lots of embedded rocks on the ridgetop, great views on the ridgetop, lots of options and connecting trails.

Customer Service

Park at Fishermans' lot (free) and ride up road through pay station and on up to the end of the paved road. Turn left into the last campground and look for a bathhouse on your right. Lum Trail is an extreme right just behind the bathhouse. Climb the Lum for about 1 mile to an old AT shelter and the intersection with the Iron Mtn. Trail. Turn left and climb on the Iron to the ridgetop, ride along the ridge for 3 miles or so to Shaw Gap (4-way intersection) and turn left which brings you immediately to a T- intersection. Here you can choose either trail, both will put you back down into Beartree Rec. Area.

Similar Products Used: Mill Creek on back side of Iron Mtn. Bring map.
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