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    Dupont Route Question

    I have a couple friends coming for a visit in a few weeks and want to take them on a great Dupont ride hitting "much" of the fun stuff for a 20+ mile ride and have a question.

    Note: I have ridden all these trails below but never linked them all up for 1 singe ride yet.

    Route I am thinking:

    Start at CMS Parking>
    Burnt Mtn>
    Shoals trail to Laurel Ridge>
    Mine mtn>
    Reasonover>
    Down Airstrip>

    *Here I want to connect up to Hickory Mtn & Ridgeline area. Best to just take conservation road to buck forest road to get up there?

    Back down to Airstrip/CMS>
    Finish with Cedar Rock/Big Rock.

    So really my only question is how best to get up to ridgeline stuff and back after finishing Airstrip?

    Doing conservation to buck forest seams like a lot of boring fire road but also the most efficient to link up to north stuff

    Thanks!

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    That's kind of all over the place. Why not park at Fawn Lake? For what you are after, it would be more convenient. The only way to connect things like that would be, like you said, forest roads. Personally, I'd go do Burnt then Cedar/Big while you got the legs. Hitting Cedar/Big at the end of a 20+ mile isn't the best idea IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy G. Parrish View Post
    That's kind of all over the place. Why not park at Fawn Lake? For what you are after, it would be more convenient. The only way to connect things like that would be, like you said, forest roads. Personally, I'd go do Burnt then Cedar/Big while you got the legs. Hitting Cedar/Big at the end of a 20+ mile isn't the best idea IMO.

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    Well parking at CMS or Fawn Lake either one is easy to connect each other but not up to North stuff (i.e. ridgeline, etc.)

    Maybe better to do CMS and Fawn lake trails, then drive up to lake imaging to do the North side stuff if anyone has the legs left

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    I did this loop last weekend:

    Park at Lake imaging

    Jim Branch
    Isaac Heath
    Locust
    Hilltop
    Buck forest Road
    Conservation Road
    Airstrip
    Cornmill shoals
    Stream crossing
    Burnt Mountain
    Little River
    Cedar
    Big Rock
    Back across stream
    Laurel
    Mine Mountain
    Reasonover
    Conservation
    Buck forest
    White Pine
    Hooker
    Ridgeline

    Adding in Hickory mtn would bring you a little closer to 30+ miles.... but a fantastic loop

    Edit: Lake Julia temp is perfect for a mid ride swim right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkirby258 View Post
    I did this loop last weekend:

    Park at Lake imaging

    Jim Branch
    Isaac Heath
    Locust
    Hilltop
    Buck forest Road
    Conservation Road
    Airstrip
    Cornmill shoals
    Stream crossing
    Burnt Mountain
    Little River
    Cedar
    Big Rock
    Back across stream
    Laurel
    Mine Mountain
    Reasonover
    Conservation
    Buck forest
    White Pine
    Hooker
    Ridgeline

    Adding in Hickory mtn would bring you a little closer to 30+ miles.... but a fantastic loop

    Edit: Lake Julia temp is perfect for a mid ride swim right now.

    Sounds great and pretty much what I am looking at for my loop. I appreciate the recommendation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkirby258 View Post
    I did this loop last weekend:

    Park at Lake imaging

    Jim Branch
    Isaac Heath
    Locust
    Hilltop
    Buck forest Road
    Conservation Road
    Airstrip
    Cornmill shoals
    Stream crossing
    Burnt Mountain
    Little River
    Cedar
    Big Rock
    Back across stream
    Laurel
    Mine Mountain
    Reasonover
    Conservation
    Buck forest
    White Pine
    Hooker
    Ridgeline

    Adding in Hickory mtn would bring you a little closer to 30+ miles.... but a fantastic loop

    Edit: Lake Julia temp is perfect for a mid ride swim right now.
    Now THAT is a Dupont loop.
    Hopefully I can recruit some friends to ride it in Nov/Dec.
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    MTBProject.com app/web site has a couple of loops that might fit your goals. The nice thing with that app is that it will help keep you on the right trail.

    Here is an 18 mile loop https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5343103/best-of-dupont but you could easily add more.

    How did Dupont fair with Irma's winds/rain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tribble Me View Post
    How did Dupont fair with Irma's winds/rain?
    It is pretty clear, mostly a lot of leaves and sticks down. I haven't been out there in about 2 weeks now.

    - Tree down on Jim Branch Climb
    - Several Large trees down on Reasonover right at the last descent before the creek (CCW, Lake Julia End)

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    https://www.trailforks.com/route/locals-tour-dupont/

    We did this one a month or so ago. It was pretty awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkirby258 View Post
    I did this loop last weekend:

    Park at Lake imaging

    Jim Branch
    Isaac Heath
    Locust
    Hilltop
    Buck forest Road
    Conservation Road
    Airstrip
    Cornmill shoals
    Stream crossing
    Burnt Mountain
    Little River
    Cedar
    Big Rock
    Back across stream
    Laurel
    Mine Mountain
    Reasonover
    Conservation
    Buck forest
    White Pine
    Hooker
    Ridgeline

    Adding in Hickory mtn would bring you a little closer to 30+ miles.... but a fantastic loop

    Edit: Lake Julia temp is perfect for a mid ride swim right now.
    This would be a great loop, but if it were me, I would take Turkey Knob from half way up Reasonover, and then Briery up to Grassy/Johanna intersection, down Grassy, across the creek, left on Sandy, Right on Tarkiln to Guion Farm, out Hickory Mountain Rd to start of Ridgline (or White Pine to Hooker to Ridgeline) and finish down Ridgeline to the car. Not sure of the exact mileage, but guessing 28 to 30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowMTBer View Post
    This would be a great loop, but if it were me, I would take Turkey Knob from half way up Reasonover, and then Briery up to Grassy/Johanna intersection, down Grassy, across the creek, left on Sandy, Right on Tarkiln to Guion Farm, out Hickory Mountain Rd to start of Ridgline (or White Pine to Hooker to Ridgeline) and finish down Ridgeline to the car. Not sure of the exact mileage, but guessing 28 to 30.
    I agree with this. The only sacrifice would be the second part of Reasonover (I can take or leave Airstrip), but Turkey Knob more than makes up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowMTBer View Post
    This would be a great loop, but if it were me, I would take Turkey Knob from half way up Reasonover, and then Briery up to Grassy/Johanna intersection, down Grassy, across the creek, left on Sandy, Right on Tarkiln to Guion Farm, out Hickory Mountain Rd to start of Ridgline (or White Pine to Hooker to Ridgeline) and finish down Ridgeline to the car. Not sure of the exact mileage, but guessing 28 to 30.
    Thanks for the tip. I have not ridden Turkey Knob so it would be cool to add that in. I have ridden basically everything else listed at different times so it will be great to do this whole mega-loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pryde1 View Post
    Thanks for the tip. I have not ridden Turkey Knob so it would be cool to add that in. I have ridden basically everything else listed at different times so it will be great to do this whole mega-loop.
    Turkey knob may be best all around trail there. Did the 18mi ride posted above yesterday. It's a great ride, but missed doing Cedar / Big rock.

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