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    Roaring Run and Hoop Hole Ride

    A Jefferson National Forest ride. Starting with a very scenic loop behind the Roaring Run furnace.







    A few views along the way

    The loop trail drops you back down to Roaring Run trail below the stairway section to the falls



    Back to the parking lot



    Onto Iron Ore trail, beside the outhouses

    For a long hard climb on an old iron mining road


    This must have been where they loaded wagons with iron ore

    A fair number of blowdowns along the way

    Regrouping at the junction with the Hoop Hole trail

    Onto skinny singletrack for a while


    I was there too

    First of 5 or so creek crossings

    Paralleling and crossing Hipes Branch a number of times

    The creek was getting bigger and bigger, and deep

    At the end, a crossing of Stony Run to insure no one had dry feet for the remainder of the ride.

    Long ago this was a nice house


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    Looks like a gorgeous ride, and some nice pics as well. Thanks for the Appalachian Mountain stoke - made my day. I really hope to get back that way this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampboy62 View Post
    Looks like a gorgeous ride, and some nice pics as well. Thanks for the Appalachian Mountain stoke - made my day. I really hope to get back that way this year.

    Steve Z
    No problem - glad you enjoyed it. Holler at me if you get in the neighborhood. Maybe we can hook up for a ride.

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    Adding this on my list of places to go... Hiked here many moons ago, didn't think about going to ride there. Sweet!!!
    Enjoying the trails one pedal stroke at a time...

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    Absolutely beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerJen View Post
    Adding this on my list of places to go... Hiked here many moons ago, didn't think about going to ride there. Sweet!!!
    Best ridden in the off season due to a large amount of hiker traffic on Roaring Run and Hoop Hole trails. Next time i do it Hoop Hole will be the preferred parking spot. I found that my winter biking boots did a great job of retaining all the water that came in on the creek crossings. Parking at Hoop Hole at least you will have dry feet soon after the last creek crossing.

    I am usually up for this one so if you or a group wants to go let me know. It is only a 12 mile loop.

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    Looks like a great place to ride! My schedule has been so sporatic and most rides have been spur of the moment here lately, but gotta put this one on the list to do.
    CCR, it was good talking to ya the other day over at Patterson!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeybadger View Post
    Looks like a great place to ride! My schedule has been so sporatic and most rides have been spur of the moment here lately, but gotta put this one on the list to do.
    CCR, it was good talking to ya the other day over at Patterson!
    Yea it was - glad to see you out riding that stuff. The Hoop Hole section of the trail is a little tricky to navigate, it is a figure 8 loop. I can show you on the map sometime but you will probably get it figured out. Roaring Run is a great place to take your girlfriend for a hike too.

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    This one is on my list now for sure!
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    This one is on my list now for sure!
    Lets do it when the creeks get down a little. We could do it as a RIMBA ride if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigCreekRider View Post
    Lets do it when the creeks get down a little. We could do it as a RIMBA ride if you want.
    Actually, at the meeting we had on Wed, that was put on the list for one of the "local destination" rides. This year. We has not considered the part about increased hiker traffic in the nicer weather.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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