Gauley Mtn Trail - Trail, Slatyfork, Virginia

Gauley Mtn Trail - Trail, Slatyfork, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Singletrack and creek bed riding with lots of rocks and roots.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 18, 2008]
Matt
Racer

The Tea Creek Mountain Trail shuttled from the Tea Creek Campground ,up to the Overlook off of the scenic highway is an awesome ride with a very long downhill. The folks at Elk River Touring Center have always been nice to me, the first mountain bike race I ever did over 14 years ago was at the Slatyfork Fat Tire Festival. People make mistakes and and wilderness is a good thing. Havnt really looked at the issue but I know that Elk River has contributed to mountain biking in the past.

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5
VALUE
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3
[Mar 01, 2008]
outdoornut
Cross Country Rider

Just wanted to let everyone know that the trail is still as mentioned, however what ever you do, take ERTC (Elk River Touring Center, Inn or Restaurant) out of the equation. They have officially supported the WV wilderness bill which will make many trails in other areas off limits to mountain bikers.

Customer Service

If you plan on using a shuttle and linking this trail with Props, please park at the bottom of Mine Rd. and avoid ERTC in every manner.

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Same recommendations as before, just avoid promoters who wish to take away our trails. There are other big business in this area that support the bill as well, just do some research before giving them your dollars.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Aug 16, 2007]
outdoornut
Cross Country Rider

Gauley Mountain Trail is a connector trail that runs along "Gauley Mountain", go figure, from Rt.150 (Scenic Hwy.) 5 miles to Mine Road (FS24). It is single track most of the way however in a few places may resemble a double track. It appears to have been an old railroad grade from the late 1800's, however is still a nice trail for those who want to ride an easier trail. There are several spots that will test your skills with lots of rocks, a few logs to ride over and a few drainage ditches. In a couple places the trail follows a wash area.

We rode it on just this past weekend to add distance to our Props Run plans. Started at the Scenic Hwy. and rode through to Mine Rd. No nettles on this trail however there were a few briers after passing Bear Pen trail. The Laurel is tight in a couple places but all in all it is a great connector trail to make loops with. Check out the first
few pictures in this post, while available. (copy and past the link)
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=328855

Customer Service

You can use this trail to access Right Fork, Red Run, Bear Pen, Tea
Creek connector and ends at Mine Road. Or ride it in reverse or use
it to create your own loop. Note as of this date, Gil at ERTC advised
that Red Run has not been cleared so I figure Right Fork the same.
North Face trail and the lower part of Tea Creek are not recommended
for biking. (Hasn't been for years according to locals). Do not confuse the lower part of Tea Creek with Tea Creek Mountain Trail or the upper portion of Tea Creek Trail between Bear Pen and Gauley Mtn.

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Bear Pen Trail(somewhat technical in places), Boundary Trial (Extremely Technical), Tea Creek (upper portion), Tea Creek Mountain (Very Technical), Bannock Shoals, Props Run, Kennison Mtn., Pocahontas, South Mountain (lots of nettles)and of course the base
trails off Mine Rd.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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2
[Aug 14, 2006]
Yes I like steel
Racer

Rode this trail this past weekend, My wife wanted to ride the Greenbriar and I some He Man singletrack so this area was our choice of destinations. I parked across from Little Laurel Overlook at the Tea Creek Mountain Trailhead. Rode and thoroughly enjoyed Tea Creek Mountain Trail. The rocks were almost sublime on the top of the mountain on and on and on and such a line through them. Dude!! The downhill off the top was incredible but thats where it all goes downhill after this. Turned right onto the North Face Trail. Swoopy contour riding turns into an overgrown slog along a marshy boggy overgrown old rail bed. Turned onto Right Mountain Trail and things got worse after that.these trails including Tea Creek Mountain were all overgrown. Good trails do not get overgrown. Singletrack is swoopy meandering trails through a wooded or wild area. Singletrack is not a rail bed that was built to pilfer the natural resources of a century ago. Thats what the Gauley trail is a RAIL or ROAD BED. Straight and with very little elevation change. This trail simply follows the old road or rail bed and looks more like a rutted four wheeler trail than singletrack.Yes if you have trouble with this then DO NOT ride any other trails in the area. With the exception of most of Tea Creek Mountain and some of Red Run trail all trails in this area are old RAIL OR ROAD BEDS. Nettles abound so be warned. If this appeals to you then by all means have at it. I won't be back

Customer Service

AWAY from here my friend. Perhaps Slatyfork but hey its still the same deal.Also... DO NOT eat in Marlinton hereafter referred to as Mar Vegas. Bad Food. We ate at Christies and the River Place. Bad Food. Waitress at Christies in Mar Vegas had two white flour hand prints on her ample booty. What were they cooking up in the back?? A little relative humidity perhaps?? It was just something you only see in Arkansas or West By God Virginia. DUDE, just save your money and go to PISGAH.

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NO Singletrack.
Perhaps a road ride on the Highland Scenic Highway or cross bike on the sideroads from the Scenic Highway to the Greenbriar trail.

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1
VALUE
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2
[Aug 13, 2006]
Guy S
Racer

Read the reviews and decided to give the trails a try. I got a long week off and my wife wanted to ride somewhere too so she rode the Greenbriar and the HSH and I rode the He- Man singletrack.I started at the trailhead across from Little Laural overlook at the Tea Creek Mountain trail. First off, found the trail to be very overgrown, Good trail get ridden and when they get ridden the overgrowth tends to withdraw to less busy areas. This trail was however very good and the rock garden was sublime. I gotta say that was some of the best tech riding I have done in a looonnngg while. (cleaned most of it on a steel hardtail) SCHWEEET!!! Anyone from WS knows who this is by now. Now on to my next trail. North Face to Right Mountain and Red Run. Dude, don't waste your money. These trail are not trails but old narrow guage rail beds complete with the remains of old railroad ties and filled up with water and oh yeah, OVERGROWN. Like I said good trails get ridden and these trails SUCK!! Red Run has potential due to parts of it deviating from the rail beds. Gauley?? A solid 3 out of 10 if lucky. Yeah, its the easiest and most ridden but it is also an old rail or road bed. If you are looking for meandering singletrack, good singletrack does that you know. Then look elsewhere. This was built to access the timber or pilfer a natural resource and it is simply point to point with very little in the way of looping meandering thru the woods feel to it. Yes, it still pilfers. It pilfers the wallets of unsuspecting tourists such as myself and maybe you too. The area has potential to it. It is beautiful and remote but it sure is not SINGLETRACK HEAVEN. By the way, stay away from the restaurants in Marlinton, RiverPlace and Christys. Bad Food Real Bad. Waitress at Christys had two flour hand prints on her ample booty, makes me wonder what they were cooking up back there. No one has any interest in lifting Mar Vegas or the area out of the grinding poverty it endures nor do they have any clue how to do it I would guess. JUST GO SOMEWHERE ELSE

Customer Service

Perhaps Slatyfork, but then I have heard stories there as well. Save your cash and ride Douthat, Ride the GW in the Mt Rogers Rec area. Damascus is an example of what Marlinton ( Mar Vegas) could be like.
Want some tech and adventure and real loop through the woods and cross stream singletrack in a National Forest setting?? GO TO PISGAH MY FRIEND. Pisgah in the Bible means promised land. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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Tea Creek Mountain and thats it my friend. Get your road or cross bike and ride the Highland Scenic Highway and adjoining sideroads. Thats a good ride. Rode the Greenbriar to Seebert, then up the road to Millpoint and up 39/55 to the Scenic Highway to 219 to a stop in Mar Vegas ( Marlinton) back up to Scenic Highway to 39/55 to Seebert on the Greenbriar River. Very scenic and the Spruce Forest on top of the mountain was a flashback to living up in the Great White North. Bonus points to West Virginia, they have not killed their spruce forests like the TVA has down here. Excellent ride but the singletrack still stinks.

OVERALL
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2
VALUE
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3
[Jul 02, 2006]
outdoornut
Cross Country Rider

Noticed this trail has not had a review for a while. My Son and I rode most of Gauley Mtn. Trail during the Memorial Day weekend this year. We also attended the 2006 Slatyfork Shuffle near the end of June and the trail was great. The bit of wet weather made it even more challenging. As stated in the previous post, you should use this trail as a guage to determine if you should ride any of the other connecting trails. After you have ridden the entire length and your opinion is "that was pretty cool" and "that was easy enough" then you might be ready to challenge yourself on Bear Pen, Tea Creek, Right Fork, Tea Creek Connector and the most challenging Red Run, Tea Creek Mountain or even Boundary Trail between Bear Pen and Bannock Shoals.

If you think Gauley Mtn. was tough, then don't even attempt the others.
Have fun and enjoy. If you plan on doing more than Gauley Mtn. just have some spare tubes, patches, derailluer hanger, etc.

Customer Service

From the Trailhead on Rt.150 (Highland Scenic Hwy.) out to Mine Rd. and back. Unless you wish to continue on some of the connecting trails. This is the best place to park and ride a loop. If you have a shuttle you can leave one at the overlook parking on Rt.150 and complete your loop at Tea Creek Campground at the bottom of the mountain.

If you want a real challenge, park a vehicle at Elk River Touring on Rt. 219 in Slatyfork. Take the other vehicle to the overlook parking on Rt.150. Ride Gauley Mtn. Trail to Mine Rd., take the fire roads to the top of Prop's Run and ride the 8 mile long mostly downhill Prop's Run Trail down to Elk River Touring.

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Nice loop, begin at Cranberry Visitors Center, take Pocahontas, Kennison Mtn., South Mountain, Cow Pasture, a left near the end of Cow Pasture and back to the Visitors Center.

Bannock Shoals, is a 5.3 mile, not real steep climb and/or is a blast to come back down. Entrance to climb, or Exit coming down is at the end of Tea Creek Campground, the loop by the creek.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 16, 2003]
Brandon

This is a really fun trail for anyone with a little riding experience. Challenging but fun. Long ups and downs but not very steep so you can stay on your bike the whole time. Map lists trail as 'moderate' which means it's actually rideable and you will have fun. It was a blast on a hardtail but a light FS would have been perfect. Try this trail to guage where you should be riding in this area.

Customer Service

Park at either end of trail or park and one and ride out and back.

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Powerline Trail (listed as Base Trail combined with Roaring Run)

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4
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