Last Saturday’s ride. Parked near the dam at Douthat State Park.
After being buzzed by a bald eagle in the parking lot, it was time to ride. We rode north through the park on the paved road.
Hanging a left onto FS125, Wilson Creek Road
Out to the Middle Mountain trailhead.
Headed south and up
A couple of the guys could ride this, I mostly pushed the first mile. After that it was still a climb for a few miles but ride-able
Some Middle Mountain goodness
The crew rolls by
No trail sign and no markings, Middle Mountain South continues on down the ridge right about where Stony Run intersects with the ridgeline trail.
Not to worry on blowdowns, most were sawed out after Dereckto. Lots of leaves and derailuer eating sticks though. The first descent
After a short steep loose sketchy section, there is a quarter mile or so climb
The trail takes a hard left at the top. A newer section that is actually considered part of Fore Mountain trail. That makes no sense because you are still on Middle Mountain. Anyways, the second descent begins there
I really love this stretch of trail
Lots of leaves, sometimes its hard to find the trail
At the bottom, you come out in a clearcut. Take a left on the doubletrack. Clifton Forge reservoir is a short ways to the right and worth a visit also.
Scenic doubletrack for a couple of miles through McGraw Hollow. You come out near the Douthat State Park entrance just above the new campground. Hang a left and a couple of miles of pavement or Flat Run (if you want some more singletrack) back to the truck.
There is some new singletrack built in this area as part of the Alleghany Highlands Trail. Built as a horse trail system, we are totally allowed on it also. Hope to get back up there and explore some of the new stuff. I don’t think there is a whole lot of miles of new trail.
Finished the evening up with the RIMBA Christmas party
At least for now, Middle Mountain is my favorite trail.
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