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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Middle Mountain Fun

    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

    Good stuff.
    At least for now, Middle Mountain is my favorite trail.
    Last edited by CraigCreekRider; 12-16-2012 at 10:44 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Unfortunately, my National Geographic map function has quit working so I can;t draw the loop. This is similar in that it has the Middle Mountain South section. It does not include the north end of Middle Mountain as we rode it recently, but does the loop off of Salt Stump trail.

    Also, the map is not all that accurate for the section around the Clifton Forge Reservoir. I don't think they updated it after the 2nd descent section was rebuilt.

  3. #3
    the unvarnished nonsense
    Reputation: davis's Avatar
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    Jan 2004
    Thank you. Love the Douthat area. Miss it.... and all the shufflers, too.
    "Sufficient to have stood, yet free to fall."
    -John Milton, Paradise Lost

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Hey Davis

    Quote Originally Posted by davis View Post
    Thank you. Love the Douthat area. Miss it.... and all the shufflers, too.
    Maybe we can do a "Shuffler" ride there sometime, adding in the Longdale ridge ride. It is also one of favorite riding areas.

    Hope all is well for you and the family in PA.

  5. #5
    Less talk, more ride...
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Amazing as always CCR. Douthat is on my must do list for next year.
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  6. #6
    El Gato Malo
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Thanks CCR, your post make me miss VA. even more.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2009
    Wow, nice ride. You guys get to some beautiful places.

    Thanks again.

    Steve Z
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