Iron Mountain trail - Trail, Damascus, Virginia

Iron Mountain trail - Trail, Damascus, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

climbing and kinda technical and hilly. Nice trail

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 26, 2009]
Go-Rilla
Cross Country Rider

Rooty. Rocky. Steep. Flowy. Swoopy. Wet. Wild. Humbling. Exhilerating. Inspiring. (when you go - as you must - you too can add your own eplicatives.)
It's got it all - except big drops, and long smooth sections. Leave those for the shuttlers and the racers.
This is a trail that demands hard work to get the great rewards.
There are several loop options, so can make rides from 1 to 10 hours.
Been there several time in peak fall foliage season - and can count on 2 hands how many other riders I've seen. Amazing.

Customer Service

From rear of Beartree Campground - Straight Branch trail over to SR600. Left 1/4 mi. to Right on IMT. IMT up to FR84, turn around and back IMT to SR600. Cross and right on IMT. Continue on IMT up past Lum to ridgeliine. continue on ridge to Shaw gap and on to FR90. Right on FR90 for @ 3/4 mile to Gate right on IMT. On down through Feathercamp ridge and up short switchback to next ridge. Stop. Check your brakes and your fillings. 3 miles of steep babyhead bopping, creek hopping funfest directly into town. Shuttle back. Total ride time @ 4hours.

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Shorter loop variations of this trail are easy from Beartree Campground. HIGHLY recommend from campground blowing a gasket up Lum to left on IMT. Getting a bit of everything along ridge to Shaw Gap. Then Beartree Gap for a big-ring doubletrack back to camp. Great couple of hours.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 27, 2009]
mtb_er
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail if you stay away from the town of Damascus. The section closest to the town is boring doubletrack that is chronically muddy. Everything east of FR90 is nice though, and you can put together some great singletrack loops in that area. Lots of rocks, challenging climbs and fast downhills. Buy the National Geographic map of Mt Rogers NRA (#786). It is the best trail map available for this area.

Customer Service

Take US 58 east out of Damascus and look for FR90 on your left. Take that to the top and park at the point where Iron Mountain Trail crosses the road. Head northeast on the IMT (to your right). Follow the ridge past Shaw Gap, past the Straight Branch shelter, and stay on IMT to Route 600. Cross the road and look for the IMT trailhead on the other side. Keep going on IMT until you come to route 84 (gravel road). Make a left and head downhill. Stop when you see a fire road gate on your right. There are two trails here, you want the left one called Jerry's Creek. This is a sweet downhill that dumps you out on Route 668 at Rowland Creek. Now the fun begins. Make a right on the road and look for the Rowland Falls trail ahead. You'll be climbing back up on this trail. You have to portage around the falls but it's not that bad. Makes a great lunch spot. Then continue climbing back up to the road and make a right on the Old 84 trail. It's a nice grassy doubletrack that takes you back to the Jerry's Creek gate you just left. Stay on 84 downhill and cross 600 again. You'll pick up IMT again past the gate and retrace your route back. Or you can shuttle to the bottom of Rowland Creek.

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Iron Mountain on Feathercamp Ridge to a left on Beech Grove. Leave a shuttle vehicle at the Straight Branch parking lot for the Creeper Trail across the street. Start at the hairpin turn down the hill from the starting point of the other IMT ride and follow the IMT Spur trail to IMT heading southwest. Stay on IMT down, down until you come to a clearing. You'll be in the big ring, just motor along until you see a trail on your left with a yellow diamond blaze. This is Beech Grove. Make a left and continue downhill, with logs, creek crossings, and lots of rocks. Cross the AT and come out at the road where you parked. Kind of short but a nice shuttle to finish off the weekend.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 29, 2007]
bikeuphill9
Cross Country Rider

This is by far my favorite trail. It has countless trails off of it that have incredible climbs and descents, but the Iron Mountain takes the cake. A lot of rocks, but that is what full suspension is for. There are drops here and there and log jumps are beginning to appear on to the sides of the trail. If it has rained in the last few days, prepare to get muddy. Also watch out for the occasional horse, hiker, or dirt biker. Everyone is real nice on the trail, but sometimes those blind corners get scary.

Customer Service

I usually start at the bottom of FR 90 where it intersects 58. Climb for about a 1 1/2 mile and then descent to a sharp right hander. There take the furthest right of the trails/fire roads. At the top of the short climb, head into the woods on the single track (there is a trail sign). Stay on the Iron Mountain until you reach Beach Grove Trail (on left about 4 miles in). Descend 1 mile on Beach Grove. Turn left on 58 and climb 3 miles back to FR 90. The parking lot at the end of Beach Grove is a good spot to start to as it gets the climb out of the way while the legs are fresh.

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Virginia Creeper Trail: Access points at Beach Grove parking lot, Damascus, Whitetop Mountain, Taylor's Valley, and Abingdon. Good ride for family or inexperienced riders.

Mock Holler: Starts in Damascus up road across from Cowboy's gas station. Intersects Iron Mountain at top and then hits Beach Grove on right. Good loop if tied in with Creeper.

Bear Tree: Only rode twice. Plan to go back soon. Was really nasty in the fall with all of the leaves down.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 22, 2004]
mudmanmike
Cross Country Rider

Great for those that like to be on top of the world. Very technical, rocky, short steep climbs, overall a ridge ride. Many options for ride routes. You can make tis an epic trail or a short hour ride depending on what route is taken.

Customer Service

My first time being there we got a recommended route from Adventure Damascus. Getting a shuttle to drop you off at the bottom of one of the many fireroads is a great option and then take the IMT back to town. My friend and I took FR 90 at US 58 and climbed 1.5 miles to the top and intersected the IMT. We then took the ridgeline towards Shaw Gap. After the intersection of Shaw gap we continued on an out-and-back on the IMT. We turned around after 3 miles and returned back to Shaw Gap. We then took a right down the Chestnut Ridge Trail. Great downhill with big drops that can be hidden under leaves. We then took a left onto FR615 and proceeded to climb back up to the intersection of IMT. We then took the Feathercamp trail back down to US58. The bottom of Feathercamp had 6 creek crossing that had to be walked so be prepared to get your feet wet if your not careful. Once on US58 ride back to town and catch the Creeper trail to ride back into town.

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Lum Trail, Beartree Rec area, creeper trail, plus more rides off of the IMT. A gold mine of trails and places to see just bring food and a sense of adventure.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Mar 04, 2000]
Big Brain on Brad

I started off thinking "I thought I was at the top of the mountain?" Then an awesome downhill. The first 2 or so miles (the trail has mile markers) were the best singletrack I've ever ridden. Then the climbing gets real tough. Only about 6 or 7 miles into the trail, I bonked, harder than I've ever bonked before. Must have been the hell ride the day before. Anyways, I decided to turn back, it was supposed to rain anyways, and I wanted to be back to my apartment to party that Friday night. I didn't realize how steep the downhills were, and I found myself pushing my bike. I felt pitiful. I originally planned to ride to Damascus on this trail, ride the trails around there, then come back. You better plan an all day adventure for that. Iron Mountain Trail: Best singletrack I've ever ridden. One of the best maintained trails I've ridden. Follows Iron Mountain ridge, spectacular scenery and deep in the woods. I saw a flock of huge wild turkeys. No unnatural noises, just the woods on a mountain. Includes super fast (but short) downhills, technical but not burly rock gardens, big log crossings, and the hardest uphill sections I've ever ridden. If you think you're superman, go ahead, try this trail. I guarantee this trail will work you harder than most trails you've ever ridden, and you WILL be walking up some parts. Never have I been so happy to be done with a ride, yet wanted to go back. At one point, I laid down and just looked out into the valley, stood up and clicked my heels saying "there's no place like home" but didn't get there. I got back to the truck and snapped my fingers saying "there's no drink like beer" but didn't get one. This trail made me hurt bad. I'll be back. The party that night was awesome. What a great day. I'm glad I didn't wreck or get snakebit cause there ain't sh*t around this trail- it goes deep in the woods. Oh yeah, the part I rode was in Tennessee.

Customer Service

I went (from Boone) Hwy421N right to the trail. When you get to the top of the winding hwy, there is a pulloff on the left. Maybe 100ft ahead is where the trail crosses the road. I went right. This is an out and back type trail.

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yep

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 23, 2000]
tom

I rode this area only once, but it was killer. We did a 20+ mile ride finishing up on the Virginia Creeper Trail. I was following friends so I couldn't tell you how we did the ride, but if you get the opportunity to ride Iron Mountain, I highly recommend it.

Customer Service

I couldn't tell you

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 07, 2000]
Wayne

Guess you guys live away from real trails? I rode this trail once and it put my to sleep. Hell the walking paths in Ackotink are more technical then this place.

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1
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 23, 2001]
Jordan

The best trail ive ever ridden. The frist hill climb is a good warm-up and you dont even have to ride the trail all the way out. You can just follow different trails to get a 12+mile loop in if you are in a hurry.

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If you want a easy ride try the Creeper Trail.Also stop and check out the bike shops in town

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 16, 2002]
Big Brain on Brad

My first review was of IMT in Tennessee, that's the stupidly difficult section of IMT. Damascus is the sight of my favorite epic ride. The route described is awesome for a 4-5 hour epic. IMT climb is tough but every part is rideable, Chestnut Ridge descent is one of the best trails ever! Buzzard's Den is also a prime singletrack descent, ear-to-ear grin at bottom. Wright Hollow is creepy when going solo. Descent from IMT back down to Creeper trail is sweeeeeeet! These trails are all singletrack, mostly smooth, and real fast down and real slow up. IMT is one of few place where I use every single gear on my bike.

Customer Service

Park in Damascus, climb IMT from shady gravel dead end in spook town where I once rode up on a homicide scene (no lie, partially buried decomposing body found right off the trail), continue upward on IMT for several steep miles till reach junction w/ Shaw Gap and Chestnut Ridge, ride Chestnut then left on gravel to junction w/ Rush and Sawmill, take right up Sawmill then right on Buzzard's Den. Left at gravel to Wright hollow on left (an old road bed at the start), ride up as far as possible, hike the rest and take right back up to IMT.

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Yes.

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5
VALUE
RATING
[May 23, 2002]
Puff

Epic. This place makes Tsali look like an elementary school nature trail.

Customer Service

We start at Beaver Flats Campground and ride up the Lum Trail, or you can catch the IMT at Skull's Gap (I think) on the pavement. No, the pavement is not that much easier. We then ride the IMT toward Damascus. I don't recommend the Chestnut Ridge detour because it is so rough. Rush Run is great then climb back up to the IMT and continue. One of my favorites is the trail that goes across the AT and brings you down to the Creeper. The ride on the Creeper and pavement back to Beaver Flats is epic and induces deep beer shock. Good thing we camp there.

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5
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