Reddish Knob - TRAIL

Reddish Knob - Trail, Harrisonburg/Dayton, Virginia

ONE HELLUVA OF A CLIMB!!!! That about describes it. It is a 7 mile paved climb that climbs 2500 ft. DID I MENTION IT WAS A CLIMB??? Once you climb on 924 take a left on 85 at about mile 4.3 than just follow it to the top. Once you climb the pavement to the top and head back down make a right on Timber ridge trail (about .2 miles down). The first part is EXTREMELY rocky, but dont be discouraged it gets better!!! You will probably hike a bike on a boulder field. After that bear right (If you want something easier make a left on california ridge, but you would be missing out on some real fun!!! ) and stay for about 9.8 miles. Lots of nice ridge riding with rocky sections and some rock scrambles. Definately for the intermediate to advanced rider. Make a left on Wolf ridge and get ready for some fast downhill. Follow yellow diamonds all the way down This is a good initiation to Harrisonburg riding. Make sure you bring LOTS of water, tubes and an extra pair of lungs. Not for the faint of heart.

User Reviews (17)

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Jwiffle   Weekend Warrior [May 27, 2017]

We did this ride a little different than the description given. We started from the Wild Oak Tail parking lot, rode Tillman road over to the parking lot to ride the single track up Wolf Ridge and Timber Ridge to get to Reddish Knob. GREAT trail. 15 miles of climbing to get to the top, so be prepared to climb. Most of it wasn't very steep, though. Wolf Ridge has had a lot of work done to it and rides really nice. There are some steep sections on Timber Ridge and some tough rock gardens, but really, very little walking if you're in shape. We then rode down Bald Mountain Rd to get to Little Bald Knob - very fun old jeep road, with water bars that allow you to catch decent air. Then down the Wild Oak Trail from Little Bald Knob. Most of the way down, we stayed straight onto Skidmore instead of taking the left to stay on the Wild Oak, but next time I'd take Wild Oak to see what it's like. The descent from Little Bald is awesome. Oh, and there is a river to cross at the end of Skidmore, so you aren't surprised as we were.

The route we took was over 29 miles and almost 4800 feet of elevation gain, so it was a solid day's ride. One of my favorite routes to date.

Customer Service

from Wild Oak parking lot: Tillman road to Wolf Ridge to Timber Ridge up to Reddish. Bald Mountain Rd to Little Bald Knob. Wild Oak Trail back to start.

Similar Products Used: Southern Traverse is worthy of it's IMBA epic status. Many other great trails.
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5
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4
outdooradv4life   Weekend Warrior [Nov 22, 2011]

Wow, one great ride. The climb is a killer, but doable. Timber Ridge is a great trail with some great downhills and some pretty steep uphill sections. I took Wolf Ridge down off of Timber Ridge as I was told that the bottom of it had been groomed by the SBC, and it had!

Check out my full Reddish Knob Mountain Biking review for more details and pics and videos from the trail.

Customer Service

Up the paved road to Timber Ridge to Wolf Ridge.

Similar Products Used: Braley's Pond
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4
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4
Nate   Cross Country Rider [Nov 21, 2011]

Wow, one heck of a ride. The climb is killer, but well worth it. The ridgeline ride on Timber Ridge and then Wolf and Lynn Ridge is amazing. Such great views and riding, though there was more uphill than I was expecting.

Check out my full Reddish Knob trail review for some pictures and video from the ride.

Customer Service

Up the paved road to Timber Ridge and then Wolf Ridge.

Similar Products Used: Braley's Pond
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4
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5
mrampton   Racer [Jan 22, 2006]

Please excuse my past post -- I was young and bitter and missing good local trails. I'll still never trade CA riding for what's found on the East Coast but the trails in this VA region are a great deal of fun. Hope the riding is going well with everyone. Ahh, if only I was 2 years younger now ;)

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nomadic bob   Cross Country Rider [Aug 06, 2005]

I moved to VA after living in CA for 10 years and UT for 2 years and Ihave to say the VA riding is as good if not better in some ways. No crowds, no entitled atitudes and tons of single track that hasn't been shut off to bikers. anyway...about this ride. I rode up the paved rode...soaked in the view at the top of the knob and then came bombing down timber ridge. the way up is not technical at all but honestly I was looking for an opportunity to just climb w/out having to dodge roots & rocks. it's a good cardio work out. the downhill is almost obscene. it's a total blast and just goes on and on. the last couple miles before the forest road have jump after jump and some nice rocky sections. I can't wait to go up and explore more single track in this area. total respect to VA mt. biking!

Customer Service

I rode the route out of the Falcon guide (Mt. Biking Virginia). Up 924 FS 85 to the top of Reddish knob down timber ridge the whole way (stay to the right all the way down) to FS 101 back to 924

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4
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4
jfwrestler75   Weekend Warrior [Jun 30, 2005]

Wether you shuttle the 7 mile road climb (yes- it is a CLIMB!!!) or ride it, you will still get a great ride in. Come and camp, fish some, and ride the great trails. Great ridge riding. Fast, technical climbs and downhills.

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5
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4
deighvx   Cross Country Rider [Aug 19, 2004]

Hey all you West Coast kids, if mountain biking is so important to you, then rearrange your life so that you can be back in California or Colorado. Otherwise, quit your whining, the lay of the land is the lay of the land. Especially you mrampton who wants to whine about a mountain you claim you have not even ridden. Shut your yap, you poser. Oh yeah, the trail-the climb was a lot of fun. Someone had written some funny messages on the road that kept me chuckling the whole way up. I came to the top and there were some picnicers there who seemed awfully suprised to see me appear on a bike. The ride down was a blast with all kinds of fun little things to launch off of. I would highly recommend this ride but make sure you are in some good shape before you try it.

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5
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5
DUALRESPONSE   Cross Country Rider [Apr 12, 2004]

Well, when dad finishes paying for your college, Go back west, climb all you want, and get your head bit off by a wild cat. Of course Va is not Ca, or BC!!!! For that matter, California ain't switzerland or nepal. I went out to reddish knob for the first time last week and it was pretty decent. At least for me, it's all about the downhill runs, which flow well and let you get some decent speed. The overgrown fireroads feel like singletrack at speed, and give a good workout. No, there aren't any mammoth redwood stumps to clear, but you dont have to worry about running into bigfoot, Kato Caitlin, earthquakes, floods, extreme wildfires, smog, the LAPD, traffic, michael jackson, or rodney king either. If a two thousand foot climb isnt noteworthy in your book, do what I did and climb it three times (reddish knob twice and flagpole once). You really should get out there and make the best of the situation. 2000 feet is a lot for some people, and not a lot for others. It's not the appalachian's fault it's several hundred million years older than the rockies. I'm from Richmond and a big climb for some around here is 50 feet. Sprint the 2000 anaerobically if it's so lame. Make it a challenge. The nice thing about this area is that you can tie together some nice long distance quality rides going all over that forest and make a fifty or hundred mile ride. The weather will get nicer here in about a month or two so make the best of it. Ronman

Customer Service

81-257-briery rd. Beware of Amish horse drawn carriages. They are everywhere.

Similar Products Used: Flagpole. Get a map and find others. Ask the locals
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4
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4
mrampton   Cross Country Rider [Apr 05, 2004]

Alright, to be honest I've never ridden this trail. I don't want to sound like a snob, but having just moved to VA from CA 8 months ago I've come to realise that no one has any idea what a real hill or mountain is out here. I hear all the time that there are so many places to ride out here -- problem is, none of them have any hills to climb. This seems to be the one exception, and it's not much. I had access in the Bay Area to any number of hard rides, the one I hit up the most for training was a 3 mile ride that climbed 2500ft, all off road. Mt Hamilton was 30 min. away and was a 5000ft climb. The biggest hill i've seen out here is 400 ft. Now I don't mind riding small hills,as long as there are enough to make a circuit out of. Anyway, even the riding that they do have out here is nothing in comparison to the stuff they have in SC (for stump jumping and whatnot) which is prob. nothing compared to what they have in BC. Anyway, sorry to sound bitter, but it's been 8 months of crappy weather, crappy trails, and NO HILLS; and so this review is more for the entire region than it is for this particular trail. And before everyone gets on my case for not being willing to drive an hour or two every time i want to ride (to blueridge or the apps.) i really don't think you should have to.

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2
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2
jagriffinjr   Cross Country Rider [Jan 15, 2004]

The climb is the definition of P A I N. If you have any left, the trail will finish you but not as tough as Big Levels. (Sherando Lake Trail System) Given a 5 in the aerobic rating for the climb.

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5
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5
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