Shenandoah Mountain - TRAIL

Shenandoah Mountain - Trail, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Shenandoah mountain is not a trail, it's an experience.

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Dave P   Cross Country Rider [Aug 11, 2003]

I was introduced to the area through the Shenandoah Mtn 100. I came back to live in H-burg for a few months before heading off to grad school in California. I have to say- H-burg and George Washington National Forest are highly underrated and little known. I've lived in boulder, upstate NY, and now California-- For a friendly (relatively) and cheap place to live- you can't beat Harrisonburg- and the riding is far more expansive and potentially technical than most of what colorado (at least the front range) has to offer-; is more accessable than california and is bigger and rockier than upstate (though I still love riding in Ithaca). You guys are sitting on a diamond mine (notwithstanding your chicken-rendering plant)that no one is likely to steal for a very long time - unlike other prime riding/boom towns- Enjoy it while it, and you, are still there. Ride fast, take chances

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Richard Chittick   [Jun 02, 1999]

Briery Branch is a small creek that filters down off of Shenandoah Mountain about half way between US Route 250 and US Route 33. To find your way here, head south out of Harrisonburg on South High St (Route 42). In Dayton, make a right on Route 257. In Ottobine, turn left. A little further down the road you'll come to a gas station on the left and Deb's on the right. Turn right. Head up into the hills from here to either Hone Quarry on the right, or the Briery Branch Dam, which has parking on both sides of the road.

Most rides along this part of Shenandoah Mountain are accessed by climbing along this same road to Briery Branch Gap, where the road splits three ways. To the north (straight through the intersection) is Flagpole Knob and beyond. To the soft left is a road down into a West Virginia Valley, and to the hard left (more or less a u-turn) is Reddish Knob and beyond.

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Briery Branch (access point)

Similar Products Used: Here are a few important trailheads easily accessible from Briery Branch Gap:
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Richard Chittick   [Jun 04, 1999]

This trail ranks as my all time favorite downhill anywhere in this country at this point. It's tight and twisty, but just when the super-gnarly technical parts near the top start to get to you, it smooths out and you can really unleash. Watch out for the switchbacks, though. There's a really sharp one in the shale garden about a third the way down, a sudden right turn about two thirds the way down, and another sharp one to the right at the bottom.

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The Lynn Trail-A two mile downhill that is actually comprised of linking three trails together. Best parking is at the Briery Branch dam. You start at the Reddish Knob trailhead (see Briery Branch review). After hiking through the rock garden near the trailhead, you'll come to an intersection. A left turn hear takes you down Timber Ridge. Follow the trail watching along the left for a spur trail. After a little classic Shenandoah ridge riding you'll make that left turn an you are now at the top of the downhill, though this is actually the Wolf Ridge trail. Start plummeting, and watch once more for a left turn, which is the lynn trail. Follow this down to the fire road where you'll see a gate on the left. Ride away from the gate and out towards route 924, the road you climbed.

Similar Products Used: California Ridge, Wolf Ridge, High School Dropout
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Richard Chittick   [Jun 07, 1999]

As far as singletrack climbs go in George Washington National Forest, this one ain't so bad. The switchbacks are as harsh going up as they are coming down (see the lynn trail review below), but if you just concentrate and spin, you'll be surprised at how far you can get (as with any climb in the national forest, pace yourself).

At the top of the trail, take a left onto the Wolf Ridge trail. This ridge ride is one of the more scenic rides you can experience in this part of the forest, particularly in the fall. Eventually, after traversing over a couple of small knobs, you start descending. This particular downhill differs from many others in the area in that it is not a continual drop. It is broken up by a couple of small climbs and level spots, making it a little less hairy than some descents near here.

After crossing the creek, bear left at the fork and then make a left turn on FSR 101. This will take you back to the paved road that led you to Briery Branch dam.

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Lynn Trail to Wolf Ridge loop. This is a quick loop that starts at the Briery Branch dam, climbs the lynn trail recommended below, then meanders along the top of Wolf Ridge for a couple of miles. Finally, it drops down along the Wolf Ridge back to Forest Service Road 101.

Similar Products Used: Short Hone Quarry, Big Hollow, Timber Ridge
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richard chittick   [Aug 09, 1999]

from the top of flagpole knob, point your bike more or less in the same direction you just spent 30 minutes climbing and let go of the brakes. it picks up relatively quickly on on open fire road. careful here, as the last time i road this, just as you go into the trees you have to clean two insanely large whoops. from here, continue along, but slowly, as you need to scan to the right for a sharp turn into the woods. take this turn and hang on tight. first it's off-cambre, then it's off-cambre again, then is squirrely, then it's fast, then it drops, then it drops, then it drops again, then it goes absolutely nuts. rocks roots and blinding speed have made for many broken bones on this trail. just when you think it's leveling out for a quick rest, it drops off steep, fast and technical. and just when your forearms get really waxed, and you think your going to lose complete control, you get to teh waterbars. big burly out of control water bars. so be careful. and enjoy. at the base of the trail simply ride back down the jeep trail right into the hone quarry campground where i recommended parking.

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the red diamond downhill: best parking is in the hone quarry parking area. from here, climb up rt 924 to briery branch gap (see below). at the gap, cruise straight through the intersection and bear right (or rather, straight ahead) at the hone quarry turn off, which heads off downhill to the right. from here you just keep climbing and climbing and climbing. after a couple of false turns to the right, a small opening will take you up onto the summit of flagpole knob, with 360 degree views of the allegheny, with reddish knob to the south. rest up and get ready for the downhill.

Similar Products Used: anything off of reddish knob, meadow knob, and the entire network of north river trails.
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Jeremy Vimpty   [Oct 06, 1999]

Harrisonbvurg is not a fun town. it smels like dog food. people are unfriendly, despite it being named the friendly city. locals are farmers who don't care that you exist. the College kids are too stupid to stop drinking. The trails are not fun stay away from the George washington National forest especially. If you must visit the "burg" try some of the more fun( but still not great) trails at massanutten resort. That is where they hold the hoo ha. trails hoop all over the side of the rocky mountain.

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Stay out of the valley!!!
Ride up north in manassas or front royal area.

Similar Products Used: try serando lake near charlotsville. it kicks harrisonburgs best trails ass.
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Ben Kanode   [Nov 30, 1999]

it' the best you can ever ride in the state of VA

Similar Products Used: Fridley's Gap
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Antonio S   [Jan 13, 2000]

These trails will forever go down as one of the greatest rides in my life. First off the trail head was in the middle of nowhere. It was on private land that I guess the owners let people ride? I had to open several fences throughout the ride. Luckily for me there was a race the weekend before leaving a nice long loop marked with blue and yellow GT arrows. I followed the arrows and rode an awsome mixture of singletrack and fire roads. At one point I had to stop dead in my tracks because there were a half dozen cows blocking my way! It was a real soulfull experience for me and one of the greatest solo rides I have ever done. I hope one of you can find this place and ride it- if it still exists.(It was almost six years ago.)

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I have no idea. I was staying at the Massanutten Resort back in '94 or '95. At the time there had been a race held at this place the week before (sponsored by GT). I was looking to do some riding and was told by one of the locals how to get to this place. It was about a 20 minute drive from Massanutten.

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richard chittick   [Jan 21, 2000]

for what it's worth, antonio s. has just reviewed the old-school massanutten hoo-haa course, a course that is closed to the public 51 weeks a year. it's not on shenandoah mountain, but rather on massanutten mountain on the backside of the ridge from the resort. it is pretty schweet singletrack, but you can get in relatively nasty trouble if you get caught unless you're with someone who has permission to ride there. to stay out of trouble, head west across the valley to shenandoah mountain.

all this aside, do indeed check out the massanutten hoo-haa, usually held towards the end of august. the last couple of years has been held on a point-to-point course designed by chris scott and thomas jenkins, who laid out the shenandoah mountain 100 course last year.

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go a little further north than antonio recommends up off of 211. lots of trails up in there that aren't on private property.

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Skatemandoo   [Jul 14, 2000]

Excellent camping, good climb,lots of streams, rocks, and wacked hunters!

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Hone Quarry fire road. Just head out past the dam and enjoy!

Similar Products Used: Reddish knob, Bother Knob
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