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    Oak Mountain - give me the scoop

    I had previously posted about being in New Orleans next week, but it looks like those plans changed and I am going to take 2-3 days driving from SC to Memphis and I would like to catch some good trails along the way. I have not been to Oak Mountain, but it looks like a great place to visit. Is the route that is on MTB Project the best way to go? Anything else near there that I should know about? I have done Coldwater a few years ago and might stop by and hit that first. Looks like a bit of an MTB desert between Birmingham and Memphis.

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    What is your preferred riding style (tech, cross country, downhill, jumps, etc)? How many miles and elevation are you looking to do?

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    I am too old and have too high a deductible to do jumps. Just your basic cross country rider. Not fast, but i like to do 3-4 hour rides of 20-25 miles.
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    Do the main loop clockwise then, it's listed on mtbproject and trailforks. Don't take ''boulder ridge'' or ''west ridge'' or ''thunder'' or ''jekyll and hyde'' while you're on it. Start in the south trailhead parking lot and go from there, should be around 22 miles and maybe 1500ish feet of climbing total

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    Best advice I can give you is to drive to Coldwater Mountain. It's worth the extra hour and to this day I think this is one of the most fun routes I've ever done. I spent 2 days riding Oak Mountain prior to riding Coldwater, and I won't be going back.

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    Yes, I think I will try to ride Coldwater on Weds and Oak on Thursday.
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    Usually, when you plan a trip for the last week of September, you don't expect a forecast of 90+ degrees every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt.s67 View Post
    Best advice I can give you is to drive to Coldwater Mountain. It's worth the extra hour and to this day I think this is one of the most fun routes I've ever done. I spent 2 days riding Oak Mountain prior to riding Coldwater, and I won't be going back.

    https://www.trailforks.com/route/col...ain-main-loop/

    You thought Oak Mountain was that bad? I've always been curious what others think of those trails. I know the ones I like out there, and the ones I loath... Coldwater is on my radar though.. waiting for the heat to break next week though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtnewb View Post
    You thought Oak Mountain was that bad? I've always been curious what others think of those trails. I know the ones I like out there, and the ones I loath... Coldwater is on my radar though.. waiting for the heat to break next week though
    I drove 10 hours from Florida. I wouldn't consider Oak Mountain a destination - the trails were much better than those in FL, but nowhere near as good as Coldwater, or Pisgah etc.

    Oak didn't have nearly as much flow as Coldwater. You can tell whoever built the trails at Coldwater knew what they were doing.

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    Well plans changed again. I ended up having to work Weds and had to pick up my wife at the Memphis airport Friday afternoon, so I went by way of Chattanooga and did about 18 miles at Raccoon Thursday. Saturday, I rode at Shelby Farm in Memphis. I was thinking of trying to catch Oak on the way home today, but it was 94 out and I would have been midnight getting home if I had stopped for a 4 hour ride. Hope to make it down there one of these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt.s67 View Post
    I drove 10 hours from Florida. I wouldn't consider Oak Mountain a destination - the trails were much better than those in FL, but nowhere near as good as Coldwater, or Pisgah etc.

    Oak didn't have nearly as much flow as Coldwater. You can tell whoever built the trails at Coldwater knew what they were doing.

    I totally get that. If I was driving that far, I wouldnt make my destination Oak Mountain either. Not that its a bad trail system, but I never understood the "epic" status it was given. That said, there are some flow trails, just not enough to justify the drive.

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