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    What's your favorite trail at DuPont?

    I'm headed out to DuPont State Forest for the first time this weekend and am looking for a good 15-20 mile route. I had originally planned to try the 35 mile "epic ride" route but I think that's more than my fitness and schedule will allow. I've already purchased the DSF map.

    Any particularly good rides on this page? Pisgah Area SORBA DuPont Routes

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    One idea - park at High Falls and ride up Buck Forest Rd and Sky Valley Rd. Pick up Rocky Ridge Trail and hold on - fun trail, semi technical at the bottom. Turn left on the pavement and head up the gravel to pick up rifle trail, left on Guion/right on Hickory Mountain. Run into Ridgeline and prepare for fun - probably my favorite trail - fun and fast. Climb up lake Imaging, turn right on Buck Forest, Then Left on Conservation Rd. Go all the way to the end and pick up Reasonover Creek trail - a good climb and a fun downhill run. Left on Camp Summit, Left on Conservation, right on Fawn Lake, right on Mine Mountain, Right on Laurel Ridge - another fun run of up and downs. Right on Corn Mill Shoals to a nice view at Bridal Veil Falls - enjoy the view. Take Bridal Veil Falls rd out, left on Conservation, left on Buck Forest to lot. Take some time to see the other waterfalls around this area, too.

    This is around 22 miles and hits most of my favorite trails. And a good bit of the climbing is on gravel roads while the downhills are mostly on fun trails, so it's not too rough on the legs.
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    Just in case your map is not recent, the High Falls lot used to be called Buck Forest.
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    Favorite trail is Ridgeline
    You want to take it down from the Hickory Loop end to Lake Imaging Road.
    Often I park in the Lake Imaging Parking lot just to end the ride there.

    Another good trail is Airstrip, Reasonover, Cedar Rock......awe hell, they are almost all pretty good.

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    The Big Rock> Cedar Rock fun fest in either direction.

    Best combination of challenge and beauty IMO.

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    Cedar Rock is my favorite.
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    As a first timer you definitely need to hit Cedar Rock

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    Rode this route yesterday, it includes most of the "Slickrock" that is available in Dupont, and is about 15 miles. Parked at Corn Mill Shoals Lot, took CMS to left on Big Rock, Right on Cedar Rock, Right on Little River, Left on CMS, Right on Burnt Mtn, Right on CMS, Left on Little River, Left on 2nd Cedar Rock (follow cairns at the powerlines), Right on Big Rock, Right on CMS, Right on Longside, Left on Pine Tree (bear right & cross Staton Rd), Right on Cascade to Sheep Mtn, Turned around and back-tracked Cascade, Left on Pine Tree, Right on Staton Rd, Left on Cascade Lake Rd, Right on Rock Quarry, Left on Buck Ridge, Left on Micajeh, Right on Wilkie, Left back to parking lot.

    That being said, Ridgeline Trail via Jim Branch and Hooker Creek is also a great route (wish there was a singletrack trail hooking up Jim Branch & Hooker Creek), but is usually populated with the horses on weekends. Other fun trails are Airstrip, Reasonover, Mine Mtn, Hilltop, Laurel Ridge, and Corn Mill Shoals on the Airstrip side of the river crossing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimdoggity View Post
    Rode this route yesterday, it includes most of the "Slickrock" that is available in Dupont, and is about 15 miles. Parked at Corn Mill Shoals Lot, took CMS to left on Big Rock, Right on Cedar Rock, Right on Little River, Left on CMS, Right on Burnt Mtn, Right on CMS, Left on Little River, Left on 2nd Cedar Rock (follow cairns at the powerlines), Right on Big Rock, Right on CMS, Right on Longside, Left on Pine Tree (bear right & cross Staton Rd), Right on Cascade to Sheep Mtn, Turned around and back-tracked Cascade, Left on Pine Tree, Right on Staton Rd, Left on Cascade Lake Rd, Right on Rock Quarry, Left on Buck Ridge, Left on Micajeh, Right on Wilkie, Left back to parking lot.

    That being said, Ridgeline Trail via Jim Branch and Hooker Creek is also a great route (wish there was a singletrack trail hooking up Jim Branch & Hooker Creek), but is usually populated with the horses on weekends. Other fun trails are Airstrip, Reasonover, Mine Mtn, Hilltop, Laurel Ridge, and Corn Mill Shoals on the Airstrip side of the river crossing.
    Laurel Ridge ate my bike on Sunday.
    We were heading to Airstrip.
    Damn tree jumped right in front of me. lol

    Worked out pretty good for me though REI just returned it and I got a nicer bike $40 more.

    I often do the Jim Branch to Hooker Falls to Ridgeline loop but I will cut right on Ridgeline up to Hickory Loop and and back down Ridgeline. Only problem is it is short (only 7 miles)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Laurel Ridge ate my bike on Sunday.
    I often do the Jim Branch to Hooker Falls to Ridgeline loop but I will cut right on Ridgeline up to Hickory Loop and and back down Ridgeline. Only problem is it is short (only 7 miles)
    Yep, I'll often do this and then go up Lake Imaging to right on Hilltop back to Lake Imaging>Locust>Isaac Heath>back down Jim Branch, then you can grab a snack, and drive to the Corn Mill Shoals Trail to finish off a perfect day.

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    Thanks for all the tips. I ended up doing a point-to-point ride since my girlfriend needed the car while I was riding. I started at the Corn Mill Shoals area and finished up at Lake Imaging. That allowed me to get in most of the trails you guys mentioned: Cedar Rock, Airstrip, Reasonover Creek, and Ridgeline.

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    (1) Awesome trails and scenery. I hope you guys who live close enough to ride this area on a regular basis know how lucky you are.

    (2) The technical sections on the Big Rock climb are tough on cold legs!

    (3) I don't mean to be negative or nit-pick but the creek crossing at Corn Mill Shoals could probably use better signage that explains you are supposed to cross the creek there. I thought I was lost until another rider came up and confirmed you have to cross the creek there to stay on the trail.

    (4) Airstrip is probably a lot more fun going down than up.

    (5) Again, awesome trails.

    Thanks again, everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sun Burn View Post
    As a first timer you definitely need to hit Cedar Rock
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    (1) Awesome trails and scenery. I hope you guys who live close enough to ride this area on a regular basis know how lucky you are.

    I agree, loved riding there last spring!

    (3) I don't mean to be negative or nit-pick but the creek crossing at Corn Mill Shoals could probably use better signage that explains you are supposed to cross the creek there. I thought I was lost until another rider came up and confirmed you have to cross the creek there to stay on the trail.


    I think it must be part of the magic.... I had to do the same thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnroyal View Post

    (1) Awesome trails and scenery. I hope you guys who live close enough to ride this area on a regular basis know how lucky you are.
    Yes, I feel lucky almost every week when I go ride there.
    If I don't ride there, I feel lucky riding one of the other incredible trails in the area.

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    (2) The technical sections on the Big Rock climb are tough on cold legs!
    And on warm legs too.

    Quote Originally Posted by jnroyal View Post


    (3) I don't mean to be negative or nit-pick but the creek crossing at Corn Mill Shoals could probably use better signage that explains you are supposed to cross the creek there. I thought I was lost until another rider came up and confirmed you have to cross the creek there to stay on the trail.


    Thanks again, everyone!
    I don't know if it needs better signage but if they put the rail back up, it would be nice.
    Better yet, if they would build a bridge. Not that I mind crossing the creek, it is even kind of fun the first couple times but I get tired of removing my shoes and going through the whole ordeal.

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    (4) Airstrip is probably a lot more fun going down than up.
    I always choose to go down it.

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    (5) Again, awesome trails.

    Thanks again, everyone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
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    Better yet, if they would build a bridge. Not that i mind crossing the creek, it is even kind of fun the first couple times but i get tired of removing my shoes and going through the whole ordeal.
    blasphemy!

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    Yeah, as the water gets colder, I start thinking crazy thoughts.

    But I guarantee I will cross it in Jan/Feb too just like it is still summer.

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    Kill the water crossings. All of them.

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    I think a bridge at CMS crossing would be a welcome addition. Just leave the original crossing available so that everyone who wants to try and cross it without a bridge can do so.
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    Then ride Arizona.

    I hope the bridge at Corn Mill Shoals doesn't happen. It, of course, will be for all user groups and increase horse/hiker/bike traffic to the Fawn Lake side of the forest. A lot of folks just don't want to drive that far to access it. I like the fact that the Fawn lake side has less traffic, especially on big weekends. The bridge will eventually happen and it has been on the FODSF radar for a long time. Once they get the logistics and cash worked out, presto!


    I also like the challenge, sense of adventure, and unpredictability it brings to the ride. It is definitely a risk versus reward maneuver. I will avoid it on the way in on a ride when it is 30'or below. On the way back, not so much. I also ride around it during high water.

    There is already a bridge a few minutes down stream that works just fine. I would love to see it reopen with provisional access, and leave the shoals crossing alone. The bridge belongs to the tract associated with the plant and is still tied up for the foreseeable future. What a waste.
    Should you do more trail work?

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Please, no bridges. We don't need no stinkin' bridges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bfluid View Post
    Then ride Arizona.

    I hope the bridge at Corn Mill Shoals doesn't happen. It, of course, will be for all user groups and increase horse/hiker/bike traffic to the Fawn Lake side of the forest. A lot of folks just don't want to drive that far to access it. I like the fact that the Fawn lake side has less traffic, especially on big weekends. The bridge will eventually happen and it has been on the FODSF radar for a long time. Once they get the logistics and cash worked out, presto!


    I also like the challenge, sense of adventure, and unpredictability it brings to the ride. It is definitely a risk versus reward maneuver. I will avoid it on the way in on a ride when it is 30'or below. On the way back, not so much. I also ride around it during high water.

    There is already a bridge a few minutes down stream that works just fine. I would love to see it reopen with provisional access, and leave the shoals crossing alone. The bridge belongs to the tract associated with the plant and is still tied up for the foreseeable future. What a waste.
    I can see your point. I could take it or leave it, but some of the people I ride with will not cross there, and it takes all the fun out of the ride to have to load up and drive to fawn lake. That is where we usually ride from now anyway.

    I have recently just started riding from the CMS lot, doing Big Rock, Cedar Rock, and Burnt Mountain, before circling back to the sheep mountain trail, and I think I can tie both sides together by going through the High Falls lot. Either way, lots of riding at Dupont, and whether there is a bridge or not, doesn't change the fact that it is probably my favorite place to ride.
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    That is pretty much where I am at.
    Half my friends just won't cross it.
    If they put a bridge up it connects some great trails without having to get back in the vehicle or ride all the around to the high falls lot and adding a lot of extra service road in your ride.

    I don't mind crossing it myself and will keep doing it if there is no bridge but I will admit that if there was one, I would use it.

    As far as it connecting trails and increasing traffic goes, I see your point but if I want to get away from the world, Dupont isn't my destination anyways.

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    How about a grab rope? I don't mind crossing there but it can be super slick at times. A rope to hang on to could make a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sun Burn View Post
    How about a grab rope? I don't mind crossing there but it can be super slick at times. A rope to hang on to could make a huge difference.
    Thought about that before and it would be cool.

    The slick spots seem to change also.
    I have not fallen it yet, but I figure it is just a matter of time.

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