Duncan Hollow - TRAIL

Duncan Hollow - Trail, Luray, Virginia

Techinal single track with gradual climb to top of ridge. Rewarding down hill that is technical.

User Reviews (6)

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cr5545   Weekend Warrior [Jul 31, 2010]

heard alot of good on this trail. road today. the first 3.5 miles was one of the best climbs i have had. after the blue trail cuts to the right, the trail starts to get overgrown. appears there was a fire in the area about 3 to 5 years prior. this has created unruly growth of ground cover that hides the trail and wobbly rocks. unfortunately, most of this is briars, but there are a few blackberries to pick. after the 2 miles of thorn ripped legs, the decent began with the rock garden. the downhill was okay. personally, i liked the the climb better than the drop. for those going during the summer, expect bloody legs.

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4
VALUE
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4
Dan   Cross Country Rider [Jun 23, 2007]

I had heard quite a bit of hype about this trail before checking it out for the first time yesterday...

We started off with a warmup loop that begins just across 675 from the duncan hollow trailhead. This loop is integrated with the Massanutten trail and simply rips. It starts on the east side of 675 is blazed orange and begins and ends in a gravel clearing. Its bi-directional, but if you go to the right just a few meters in from the road (riding the loop counterclockwise from the road), you're in for some climbing the first half and an amazing downhill the second half. Based on the relative climbing and descending involved...I would not recommend going clockwise. I think you get way more bang for you buck the direction we rode it. It also, turns out that this is definitely a little bit more than a warmup, and is actually more of a kickass mini-loop. Unsure of the distance, but perhaps 5-6 miles?...anyway, on to Duncan Hollow.

My overall impression of Duncan Hollow: this trail struck me as particularly non-flowy. Its definitely technical the majority of the loop, but as mentioned in some other reviews, the 5 mile uphill slog (if ridden starting at 675) really kinda blows. Sure there is a great carvable singletrack section that drops you in at the beginning of the trail, but after about .25 miles of that...things turn uphill as you ride all the way up to Scott Thorn Gap with nary a switchback in sight. Now granted, the grade is not that punishing...and normally I'm all for a nice long climb - this climb however, really never allows you to settle down all that much - and thus kinda blows. As I was grinding my way up this annoying climb, I occurred to me that maybe I shouldn't have ridden the "warmup" loop afterall. So we get to the top of the ridge to find some nice techy rock gardens followed by a ripping singletrack dh, followed by a high speed fireroad dh, then followed by a long 5 miles or so of crisman hollow road straight down back to 675. Now I like a bomber fire as much as the next guy, but it seems like there isn't nearly the payoff I was expecting after hitting the top of that ridge after an hour of climbing. Maybe my expectations were too high - dunno.

Customer Service

Try Duncan Hollow at least once. Ride the loop I described in my narrative and then if you feel energetic, ride the 675 loop across from duncan. As sweet as the mini-loop across from Duncan Hollow is...I'm not sure I would drive out there just for that unless I planned to ride it at least twice. Riding the mini-loop which takes at least an hour and then connecting to duncan for the full loop will take a solid rider at least 3 hours or so. Keep in mind that combo involves several thousand feet of vertical, so my 4 aerobic rating accounts for both loops combined. Otherwise if just duncan, probably a 3.

Similar Products Used: Elizabeth Furnace area - be sure to ride the Mine-Gap extension.
OVERALL
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3
VALUE
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4
dvsnapp1   Cross Country Rider [Aug 07, 2006]

I went to Duncun Hollow last summer with friends but instead of turning right off of 675 onto Massenutten trail, we went left and out the back of the gravel parking area.We basically got lost. That was a great ride. The downhill was full of alot of large stable rocks.
This time, I followed the directions and went right off 675. Some people complain than bikes damage the trails. They should see what horses do. I had to dodge horse s##t about every 100 ft and where the trail was wet I had to cross a muddy path with 7" holes from the hooves. The gnats drove me crazy. It was alot of climbing and I never got the downhill reward because the summer gnats made me turn around at 4.5 miles. Maybe the downhill after 5.5 miles or so would have made this ride worth it. As I see it, it is not worth the 90 mile drive from Fairfax. I have more fun at Fountainhead and wish I had stayed home for that trail for my first trail ride on my new "05 Ellsworth Truth which was amazing as it climbed far better than my '99 Scwinn S-10.
The aerobic difficuly is because I am out of shape. The tech obstacles were mostly small loose rocks, gnats from hell, and horse s##t everywhere.

Customer Service

Go out the back of the Massenutten Trail parking lot on 675 and get lost or up Massenutten Trail on left side of 675.

Similar Products Used: Nothing nearby. I like Douthat. I will try Eliz Furnace next Sunday.
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3
VALUE
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4
markthetaselmore   Cross Country Rider [Jul 10, 2005]

I started at the Massenutten visitors center and road the 9 mile Crismon Hollow road which is a 2 mile climb followed by 7 mile fast downhill and turned right at 675,climbed a short hill to Camp Roosevelt and hit the trail from there. the beginning was very skinny and fun until I crossed the first rocky creek. from there it was a 5 mile climb that was nothing but rocks and technical heaven for me. I admit taking quite a few breathers along the way. I did the cut across to Duncan gap but came back and did the last 2 miles to Scothorn gap trail. this was a Super fast very technical section that gave my inner thighs and brakes a good work out. I found that I am a better bike rider than I thought because of this gut check ride. I came away with many scrapes and bruises and a blackeye from a tree branch that barely missed my eye. the creek crossings were excellent after the first one and so were the views. I allowed my self 3 hours but took almost 6 so Id say bring plenty of water or a way to filter some in one of the numerous streams along the trail. the route I took was 23.8 miles and only 9 of it was fire type road. the rest was Va. mt biking at its finest. the ratings I gave for tech. and aerob. are for me as I am not in the best of shape and some others may not find it such an a$$ whipping as I did

Customer Service

I took the route as recommended in the book MtbikeVa. but am not a big fan of climbing. next time I will turn r on Massenutten trail off of Crismon Hollow road,do the shorter rocky climb and then do the Duncan Hollow 5 miles downhill and end at camp Roosevelt or maybe turn left onto scothorn gap then go down Crismon Hollow to Duncan gap then cross back in again there to make it a longer but not so climb heavy ride. this could add a few more miles to the ride and eliminate about 3 miles of climbing

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
RATING
5
RetroG   Cross Country Rider [Jan 06, 2004]

Awesome. Isolated, rough, beautiful, challenging ride. The top of the first climb, about 5 miles, pay attention. The canopy dissapears and the trail gets thin. I was just waiting for a bear to surface. This is VA at it's best.

Customer Service

I followed Matt's (below) directions.

Similar Products Used: Massanutten Mtn.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Speedo   Cross Country Rider [Aug 24, 2003]

This is excellent training for technical, rocky riding. The gradual climb up Duncan Hollow is rough, and you need to keep your eyes open for the best line for over an hour until you get to the gap at Middle Mountain. The blue blazed trail to Peach Orchard Gap that another reviewer mentioned does cut some milage off the route, but it's a hike-a-bike, so don't think you're getting off easy... Overall, you're in for a rough ride.

Customer Service

From Camp Roosevelt, we took a left up the road and a right after a short distance onto the orange-blazed trail. We continued on the orange-blazed Duncan Hollow trail and crossed the gap after about 6 miles of climbing, and decended through terrain similar to that in Duncan Hollow, with patches of enjoyable smoother trail at times. We took the yellow trail at the split of orange (Scothorn Gap) and yellow and followed it to the blue blazed trail where we took a left. This section was incredibly rough and very technical- lots of fun- feels like you're bullriding... Took a right on the road back to get back to Camp Roosevelt and was thankful for the gravel road.

Similar Products Used: Elizabeth Furnace, Reddish Knob
OVERALL
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4
VALUE
RATING
4
Matt   [May 19, 2003]

You will be in for a gradual but ROCKY climb thru Duncan hollow. Pretty rocky but climbable. Technical at times thru the climb. We went when it was wet and we were going thru water most of the climb. Down hill is great but VERY rocky. Harrisonburg riding at its finest. Make sure your dentures are glued in and put on those extra wide tires. KEEP STRAIGHT at mile 3.2 this is a crossover or a short cut for those who wuss out!! Dont do it!! Keep straight. Leave yourselves about 3 hours to do it. Watch out for the big rock in the middle of a creek crossing (it took me out!!) Took me more time than normal to do the 11 miles

Customer Service

Take a Left when leaving Camp Roosevelt on VA675, make a right just a short ways on ORANGE blaze. Follow this up for 5.5 miles and make a RIGHT (there will be 2 others going left) on YELLOW blazes, you May not see these, just bear RIGHT. Go 2 miles and bear LEFT on the BLUE blazes. Go .8 miles and bear RIGHT on gravel Chrisman hollow rd. than RIGHT on VA 675

Similar Products Used: Lookout, reddish knob
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5
VALUE
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David   [Jun 05, 2003]

Rode this area last week and got lost (trail signs don't help). A normal ride for me usually lasts three hours; however, it took me an additional 2 hours to find my way back. Bring a map to alleviate this problem; go visit the trailor at Elizabeth Furnace camp group for a map. Other then getting lost, these trails are great. Rocky, single and double track with fast technical downhills. Also, ridable hills with severe rocky terrain. Bring your first aid kit; you may need it along the way!!!!!

Customer Service

Orange Trail

Similar Products Used: The standard Elizabeth Furnace - Bear Wallow Signal Knab trails. Also, try the Veach Gap trail about 10 minutes south of Elizabeth Furnace. Drive up to the Woodstock Tower and ride all the trails up there.
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5
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