Props Run - TRAIL

Props Run - Trail, Slatyfork, Virginia

My vote for most overrated trail. Rated one of ten best downhills in MB magazine, etc. If you like 5-20 mph technical riding down creek beds you'll love it. Myself, I couldn't believe it was the same trail I'd heard so much about. 3 wheels from me.

User Reviews (15)

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SaborExplosivo   Cross Country Rider [Sep 08, 2010]

Drove from Wisconsin to ride snowshoe mtn and the IMBA Epic trails in Slatyfork. Props is a two-track drainage ditch. We were in WV for 3 days prior and it hadn't rained at all and 90% off the trail was mud. Only a couple small sections of quality singletrack in the places where the trail was really wet and they had to re-route out of the drainage ditch.

Not sure what Imba was thinking....the other Imba epics I've ridden (8 total) have been amazing. This trail does not follow the imba standard.

The other slatyfork trails were disappointing as well, overgrown and not very technical other than they required lots of climbing.

Customer Service

Go someplace else.

Similar Products Used: Mountwood Park in Parkersburg (true singletrack with good flow and scenery).
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2
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4
Jeremy   Cross Country Rider [Sep 08, 2010]

Drove from wisconsin to ride at Snowshoe and the IMBA epic Slatyfork trails that were listed as an IMBA epic. Been to many other IMBA epics trails and they are all worth the drive. This trail is a 2 track drainage ditch. The only good parts of it are where it was super wet and they made a singletrack section around the mud.

Not sure what IMBA was thinking listing this as epic....I guess because they have a lot of trails....but hardly any are true singletrack. The trails other trails we rode at Slatyfork Gauley Mtn and the ones around the trailhead were overgrown and not fun either. It's scenic but that's about the only positive thing I can say.

Customer Service

Don't bother

Similar Products Used: Mountwood Park in Parkersburg had excellent flowing singletrack.
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2
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4
bikeninja13   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2008]

Fun, easy, downhill singletrack, 8 miles in length. Rode it 2 weeks ago, and it's in perfect condition. Don't expect any technical challenge, other than what speed brings. It was our final ride on a 5 day bike trip. A great way to finish.

Customer Service

If you're riding only Props, either ride the single track uphill then down for an out-and-back, or organize a shuttle for the 12 mile gravel road climb to the trailhead. The road is not worth the effort on your bike, unless you're a crushed gravel junkie. More likely, you'll include it in the Gauley Headwaters IMBA epic as your grand finale.

Similar Products Used: Tea Creek Mountain is the best XC trail I've ridden. If you want real downhill biking, head straight to Snowshoe.
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4
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2
outdoornut   Cross Country Rider [Mar 01, 2008]

My report below is only being modified to let my fellow mountain bikers that ERTC is no longer in my reports. Found out today, 3/1/2008 after reading their testimony in a wilderness case that they are supporting making trails off limits to mountain bikers by supporting wilderness designation in other areas of the state.

Customer Service

Same as before without ERTC in the mix.

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5
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4
outdoornut   Cross Country Rider [Aug 14, 2007]

Hey it's me again.. The trail is in great shape right now. When we rode it the end of May there were several trees down even though ERTC employees worked hard to clear it. We just rode it again on 8/12/07 and it was great. There is only one large tree down that can't be ridden over. Awesome fun trail with a few technical spots. As stated before don't expect a Snowshoe style downhill. It is mostly downhill and you will need to pedal and climb a few spots where they take the trail up off the old rail grade. Good mix of everything.

Customer Service

I would definately recommend a shuttle. If you only have one vehicle it is well worth parking at ERTC and pay for their shuttle. After riding this trail several times we really liked the route we used on 8/12/07 the best so far.

Park at ERTC and pay for the shuttle to Gauley Mtn. Trailhead on Rt.150 (Scenic Hwy.) Ride Gauley Mtn. Trail past Red Run and Bear Pen,
go left on Tea Creek Connector trail, right on Tea Creek Trail, left on
FR24 (Mine Road), ride it past FR134 and FR135 to a diamond shaped intersection. Stay right on FR24 (cliff on your left in about 100 ft). You will come to an awesome overlook where you can see Slatyfork in valley and Snowshoe on mountain. Keep riding around gate and watch for Props Run in a few more miles. It's 6.4 miles from Tea Creek trail to the Props Run trailhead. Turn right onto Props Run and enjoy the remainder of the ride. You are nearing the new reroute of Props when you cross the second handrailed bridge. Trail will go to the right and do some short climbs. At the fork in the trail, stay to the left through a switchback and downhill to the ERTC. Approx. 19 miles total.

Similar Products Used: Bear Pen, Boundary Trail, Tea Creek, Tea Creek Mountain, and the others listed in last years post. Awesome area to spend a few days.
Check with ERTC about trail conditions. As of this date Red Run has not been cleared nor has North Mountain. The trail map from ERTC is invaluable. Get one if you plan on riding in this area or ask them about a guide.
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5
VALUE
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3
outdoornut   Cross Country Rider [Jul 02, 2006]

First off, do not pay any attention to the articles in magazines. This is not a fast technical downhill. It is downhill for 8 miles, however on an old railroad grade. The single track does switch back an forth on and has a few water bars near the upper end. They have repaired the trail to have less water on it. In several places they have routed the trail up on the cuts to keep it out of the really wet areas.
We rode this trail during the 2006 Slatyfork Shuffle near the end of June. Even though we had some rain the night before, the trail was in great shape. The Elk River Touring Center has assisted in bringing this trail back in shape. Some rerouting and drainage has eliminated many of the wet spots. However, it still requires you to pedal downhill in some spots. With the creek crossings, climbs onto the cuts, water bars and the new reroute at the bottom which brings you right out at the Elk River Touring Center I would rate this as an eccellent trail to ride. Not extremely technical but worth the ride.

Customer Service

It would be easier if you had someone to shuttle you up Mine Rd. to the top near the gate and leave your other vehicle at the Elk River Touring Center.

To make it more challenging, leave one vehicle at the ERTC and then drive to Rt.150 (Highland Scenic Hwy.), park at the overlook just past the Gauley Mtn Trialhead. Take Gauley Mtn. Trail all the way to the end on Mine Rd. then take Mine Road and fire roads to the Prop's Run Trail Head. Then Prop's Run to the ERTC.

We parked at the ERTC and rode our bikes down Rt.219 to Mine Rd., rode up the mountain (What a climb) past the gate, stayed to the right at a couple fire road intersections and before we knew it we were staning at the beginning of Prop's Run. Really enjoyed this ride. See the couple posts about the 2006 Slatyfork Shuffle and Shuffle Last Dance for pictures and story.

Similar Products Used: Gauley Mountain, Bear Pen (technical), Tea Creek, Boundary Trail (very techinical), Red Run (very technical), Right Fork, Tea Creek Mtn. (very technical downhill), Bannock Shoals (fast old railroad grade now singletrack), Pocahontas, Kennison Mtn, South Mountain, many more in Pocahontas County.
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4
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3
rob412   Cross Country Rider [Jul 05, 2005]

Last year Prop's Run was describd in one of the bike magazines as one of the state's best trails. The person writing that review clearly didn't spend much time riding in West Virginia. There are so many fantastic trails in West Virginia that Props Run shouldn't even be on the top thirty list. In fact, if you are riding in the Slatyfork area, I would recommend riding the nearby Gaulley Mountain Trails or Snowshoe instead. Both areas have some great trails that are far superior to Props Run. On the positive side Props has some amazing views of the Slatyfork valley and does deliver an eight mile downhill. When I think of downhill I imagine forearm-burning, high speed descents. Props delivers a slightly different downhill experience with considerably lower speeds because much of the trail is permanently wet and soggy. There were a couple hundred yards of dry-fast trail that was fun. The width of the trail is singletrack but it winds from side to side on an overgrown logging road which doubles as an eight-mile swamp. This "road" collects the runoff from the mountain and attempts to drain it off the trail via water rock-reinforced drainage ditches every hundred feet. The constant water drainage crossings represent the majority of Prop's technical challenges. Another significant challenge on this trail was to avoid the stinging plants which lined nearly half the total distance of the trail. This trail introduced me to the plant 'nettle' which belongs in the unpleasant plants catagory. http://www.naturepark.com/snettle.htm (nettle sucks) The trail winds it's way down to the Elk River Touring Center which is the perfect place to forget about the nettle. The people are nice, the environment is comfortable, the beer is cold, and the restaurant menu amazing. Unfortunately, I didn't stay overnight at the Elk River Inn. It was really an awesome place which even provided wireless Internet. Instead I had to pick some campground (Whittaker) twenty miles away that had a rooster which started crowing at 2:00 am. Avoid that campground unless you like living on the farm.

Customer Service

Go somewhere else. Tea Creek Mountain trail on neighboring Gauley Mountain is one of the best, most technically challenging, scary, super-fun downhills I have ridden. I put Tea Creek Mountain trail in the must-ride catagory.

Similar Products Used: Gaulley Mountain Tea Creek Mountain Red Run Trail Douthat State Park
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2
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2
BBA   Downhiller [Aug 20, 2003]

This trail sucks!! We drove all the way to W.V. to ride a FS road with a single track trail in it? It isnt a downhill at all. I should have brought my beach cruiser for this one because it didnt require any skill to ride it and I think it might be a 8% down grade? With all the terrian thats up there why in the hell isnt there better trails? Keep IMBA away from there and build some better trails! The only cool trail we found was Tea Creek mtn.and it was about 2 miles long. We rode 60 miles of trails last weekend in these area and I would say 90% sucked! Thats only my opinion but if your from the mountains in NC stay there because this place has nothing to offer! One of the best downhills in the country?? Yeah right and Im Wade Simmons!

Customer Service

Stay home!

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1
VALUE
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1
Hecklerboy   Weekend Warrior [Aug 05, 2003]

This is an amazing trail. 6.5 miles of fast, singletrack all downhill. Lots of waterbreaks to add some excitement. The trail is not extremley technical although there are some steep drops and creek crossings. The trail does allot of weaving back and forth around obstacles so be on the alert. You can ride it almost as fast as your skills will let you. We averaged 18 mph on some of the sections.

Customer Service

Shuttle up Mine Road in Slatyfork. Park at the gate and ride 3 miles on a dirt road to the trail head. The trail is on the right and well marked. Make sure you park a car near the Beckwith Lumber Co. so you don't have to ride too much pavement. The guys at Elk Mtn Outfitters or Elk River Touring Center can get you a map and offer assistance.

Similar Products Used: Kennison Mtn Trail, Red Run (very technical), Cow Pasture Trail
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5
VALUE
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3
David Srugis   [May 07, 1999]

I would have to agree with the above. I just got back from a trip to WV and found most of the rides at Snowshoe more entertaining then those at Slatyfork. Prop's run was interesting but not quite as well as I thought it would be. Quite technical but very straight and muddy. I enjoyed Lower beaver Damn at Snowshoe mush better. Same sort of thing but variety. Expect to get really dirty doing it. I'll give it 3 wheels also for being fun but overrated.

Customer Service

A shuttle is highly recomended

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3
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