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    Directions for Slatyfork Epic?

    Hey guys, I am a So-Cal rider heading to West Virginia for some fun next week and was interested in checking out the epic in Slatyfork. I saw it listed as around 35 miles with lots of singletrack, which sounds sweet.

    I haven't been able to find real specific directions to the trailhead. Anyone have any info? Also, do you know where I could score a map? Thanks a ton!

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    pm davis. He's the local trail guru out there. That is if he's not too hung over to reply

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    here you go

    Quote Originally Posted by wuntrikpony
    Hey guys, I am a So-Cal rider heading to West Virginia for some fun next week and was interested in checking out the epic in Slatyfork. I saw it listed as around 35 miles with lots of singletrack, which sounds sweet.

    I haven't been able to find real specific directions to the trailhead. Anyone have any info? Also, do you know where I could score a map? Thanks a ton!

    -Dave
    try here or here . fun place, just watch for weirdos like c&b

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    Go to www.ertc.com and select the Mountain Bike link. ERTC has a map of all of the trails in the race area. This race is 100K with orienteering. Details are on the website. You can email ERTC and they will respond with any info needed (the staff and locals are great with responses). As far as the race, we have ridden most of the trails rode in last races and the trail conditions are not what most consider to be "weekend" stroles. Good luck.

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    I'll be at work tomorrow (Tues.) and I'll post the details for the IMBA Epic ride. Seems like williams-river may have it confused with the Wild 100, which is coming up Aug. 18th. It's a whole 'nother deal, entirely. When you get here, stop by and get one of our maps ($9.00 with tax). I wouldn't advise trying to ride the IMBA Epic without a map or a guide (now is when my friends chortle...<I can't believe *he* is a guide>.

    Anybody notice that Elk River is now the official sponsor of this forum?

    Some of the info on the IMBA sight is woefully out of date. The WVFTF is no longer. The inn has moved on to serving much better beer, namely the IPA and Stout from Mountain State Brewing. Wonder why they picked the IPA??
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    Slatyfork IMBA Epic

    Slatyfork IMBA Epic Ride
    Notes- All the trails have blue plastic diamond blazes, H2O is available at the Tea Creek Campground. Easy Out options are in itailics.
    Start- Tea Creek trailhead/parking area on US 24.
    Follow Tea Creek trail up, past the shelter and down to the Tea Creek Connector.
    Left on Tea Creek Connector. Enjoy this 80 year old section of logging railway complete with the original ties.
    Right on Gauley Mtn. Trail. Pass by the entrances for Bear Pen, Red Run, and Right Fork Connector.
    Right on US 150 “The Scenic Highway”
    Right onto gravel driveway and then Left onto the Tea Creek Mountain trail. Enjoy the boulder field and the incredible descent. Pass by the North Face trail, but note the bear damage to the sign.
    Right on the Williams river trail. Cross the bridge and enter Tea Creek Campground. Fill up at the pump and take a Right onto the Campground road.
    Go around the gate and start climbing Bannock Shoals trail. The ford 1/3 of the way up is a great place to cool off.
    Continue to the top of Bannock Shoals where the rocks are.
    1st easy out option-continue straight on the gravel road, turn right onto 135 and continue to US 24. Turn Right on 24 and continue to the start.
    Right onto Saddle Loop Trail and get out of your saddle.
    At the intersection of Saddle Loop and Turkey Point bear Left.
    Climb up to Boundary trail. The sign is on the ground and you want to continue Straight along the ridge. Check out the view on the right of the intersection.
    Boundary will “T” into a old Road Grade.
    2nd easy out option-Turn left, climb up and through the meadow, turn right onto 135 and continue to US 24. Turn Right on 24 and continue to the start.
    Turn Right and fly down into the Tea Creek Canyon. Cross Tea Creek and climb out of the valley on Bear Pen trail. Do not turn onto the Tea Creek Trail.
    Turn Left onto Gauley Mtn trail and follow it out to US 24.
    Turn Left on US 24 and the trailhead is on the left.
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    FYI: I was riding down Tea Creek Trail leaving the shelter, and near the bottom is a massive pile of debri from a fallen tree. This was a couple weeks ago so not sure if it has been cleaned up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futurepath
    FYI: I was riding down Tea Creek Trail leaving the shelter, and near the bottom is a massive pile of debri from a fallen tree. This was a couple weeks ago so not sure if it has been cleaned up.
    Hey davis, did you hear this?

    Possible modification to the "EPIC";
    I think I would at least add Red Run, Right Fork, and then Tea Creek Mountain and near
    the end do Boundary and up Tea Creek back to the vehicle. I've been up Bear Pen that
    direction and it's a killer, so I'd likely skip that one... .

    Sounds like fun, I'll have to do this.

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    There is a ton of stuff down on Boundary Trail! It's just nuts how many trees are down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuntrikpony
    There is a ton of stuff down on Boundary Trail! It's just nuts how many trees are down.
    Sorry to hear about all the trees down on Boundary. Did you do the EPIC? How did you
    like it, not counting the tree follies on Boundary? I've done a bunch of those trails there
    but never tried the loop as described.

    What'd you think of Tea Creek Mountain trail? Was that tree still there that Futurepath
    mentioned?

    Hope all the trees being down didn't spoil your ride here in WV too much. I love that area
    down there and will see about helping someone clear Boundary... Heard that didn't you
    davis? Might let that guy, who clears those trails, know I'm willing to come down and
    spend a day helping him clear some debre....

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    Yeah, I did the Epic and absolutely loved it. I'm used to mostly dry and dusty fire roads out in Los Angeles, so this was a great departure. I went out multiple times and changed up the route for a nice shorter ride. Go from 150 up Gauley to the 24, go down Tea Creek, over the connector back to gauley and then down Bear Pen. Take Bear Pen to Boundary and boundary out to Bannock Sholls. Take Bannock back to Tea Creek(well at least that's where my ride was waiting...)

    Tea Creek mountain trail was really nice...but watch out for those slippery bridges. After all that rain they were like ice!

    I think the highlight of the entire thing was flying down Bear Pen in what basically was a small stream. Too much fun. I wish I could have stayed longer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuntrikpony
    down Bear Pen. Take Bear Pen to Boundary and boundary out to Bannock Sholls. Take Bannock back to Tea Creek(well at least that's where my ride was waiting...)
    Well you did two of my favorites in the right direction. Down Bear Pen is the best and
    down Bannock Shoals is a blast. Did you blow through the creek about half way down
    Bannock Shoals? What a hoot ! You should have tried Red Run and back out to Tea
    Creek Mountain on Right Fork. I've never made if through there without breaking
    breaking something on my bike and having to go back out Gauley. One of these days...
    Let us know if you ever make it back out and maybe davis and I could hit the trails with
    you. He lives within 15 minutes of those trails. If you got you map of the area from Elk
    River Touring Center you may have met him. Think I'll get back over there in a couple
    weeks and hit them again myself. Glad you enjoyed yourself in my favorite part of the
    state.

    Ride On !

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    I actually didnt go through the creek on bannock shoals. It looked a little deep...and with all that rain out there, I thought I would save my swimming for a more appropriate time. haha

    I definitely plan to head out there again...I was wondering what it would be like in Spring, although the end of July was perfect. It was nice and cool, around 70. Plus you get the water dripping from the Magnolias growing on the sides of Gauley Mountain trail.

    can't wait to get back!

    -dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuntrikpony
    I definitely plan to head out there again...I was wondering what it would be like in Spring, although the end of July was perfect. -dave
    Spring is usually not a good time in those mountains. Consider the mud, muck and
    swampy places you saw in July, it much worse than that. The earliest I've ever ridden
    some of those trails is early May and it was much worse then than in June or July.
    If they have a mild winter like this year you probably could have made it through there
    in April but when they get the amount of snow they usually do you may be attempting
    to push it through deep snow in spots and the mud is well, davis can advise better than
    I since he lives down there.

    Bad part is, the Forest Service usually doesn't get around to cutting trees off the trails
    till after Memorial Day. We were down there on Memorial Day weekend this year and
    there were an unbelievable number of trees down on most the trails. We had a good
    time anyway just trying to see how many of them we could ride over. .

    Let us know when you plan to come back down. There are a bunch of other trails in
    the area just a short distance from there. You could spend a week there and likely
    never ride the same trails twice.

    Good riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by outdoornut

    Bad part is, the Forest Service usually doesn't get around to cutting trees off the trails
    till after Memorial Day.
    Memorial Day? Really? What year?

    Actually my understanding is that FS crew actually performed trail work this summer. One week per ranger district (there are 6 in the Mon., ours has hundreds of miles of trails). Thanks for that. Almost all trailwork around here is performed by that modest guy that should remain nameless or by Elk River. You can't believe everything you hear at the campgrounds or the ranger stations. Those folks get lonely and like to talk. Tax dollars are for important stuff, like bullets and bombs.
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    We will be in the Tea Creek area this weekend Sat/Sun and are looking for a 2-3 hour ride for Saturday. Then for Sunday, looking at 4-5 hours (definitely want to hit Tea Creek Mtn). Any suggestions? We have maps from ERTC--think I met davis a couple of weeks ago prior to heading out. Talked to Gil and Mary on different days. We appreciate any information.

    Thanks to the nameless that clear the trails! Let us know if any weekends are planned for maintenance and we will try to drive up and take part.

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    2-3 hours:

    Tea Creek/Tea Creek Connector/Gauley/Bear Pen/Boundary/FS 135/FS 24 (Starting and ending at parking area for Tea Creek Trail on FR 24 (Mine Rd).

    Prop's Run w/shuttle from somewhere on top (4 hr loop from ERTC)

    Frosty Gap/Kennison

    4-5 w/Tea Creek Mt. Trail:

    Gauley/Red Run/Right Fork/Tea Creek Mt./Bannock Shoals/FR 135/FR 24 (Red Run/Right Fork can be omitted due to rain, distance, or aversion to hyper-technical singletrack).

    Yeah, that was probably me. Hope you had a good time and hope to see you again soon.
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    Thanks davis. If we have time on Sat or Sun, after the rides, we may swing by ERTC.

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    Thanks again for the trail info Davis.

    Saturday-We rode Tea Creek-Boundary-135-24 and back to the parking lot. Did get sidetracked on a trail that went straight from the first switchback on Tea Creek Trail--maybe 30 minutes of out and back. Not sure where the trail was headed, but things got thick and rough somewhat quick after dropping off to the left. Did see some boot tracks, but lost all tire marks. After getting back on Tea Creek we had a great ride down to Boundary, then climbed out and back prior to total darkness.

    Sunday-Started by going up Bannock. Then took 135 to 134 by the ERTC map. Obviously, very little use on 134. We went in from the private camp side (quick switchback to the left which went up and provided us a nice view of a red newt). From there, we hit 24 and then continued onto Gauley. After passing Red Run on Gauley, the almighty rain gates opened and things got wet/cold quick. We chose to ride out Gauley and not take the connector over to Tea Creek Mountain--conditions???. Finished by going down the Scenic Highway to Williams and back to camp. One highlight of going down the Scenic Highway was a hawk flew beside us down part of the ride.

    Don't recall many (no large) trees down on the trails. Most everything was ridable other than a few spots--but normal.

    Are there slots still available for the Wild 100? May see you there.

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    Yep, still slots available for the Wild 100. We usually do get a flurry of late entries in the last week prior to the race though. I think most of the inside lodging is already booked, although there may be 1 cabin left near the board shop in the valley. Glad you got some good riding in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuntrikpony
    There is a ton of stuff down on Boundary Trail! It's just nuts how many trees are down.

    Hey, I was up at Slatyfork this weekend and on Sunday we rode Gauley, Bear Pen, and
    Boundary. My Son and I were able to take care of all but three of those trees that were
    down. We were able to move about 7 of them and make some others rideable. The
    three we couldn't do anything with we took all the little limbs off so you can cross a whole
    lot easier and I'll let some, who can use a chainsaw in there, know about those three.
    We were even able to get a few of other trees on Bear Pen onto the ground so you can
    ride over them now. Thanks for letting us know about all the trees. I don't mind working
    on them. Hope next time you make it out the trails are better.

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    Davis, how's the Cheat Mountain Challenege effecting the Wild 100 entries? Just curious since Cheat decided to do their thing the same weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futurepath
    Davis, how's the Cheat Mountain Challenege effecting the Wild 100 entries? Just curious since Cheat decided to do their thing the same weekend.
    I understood, at our RVMBA meeting last night, that the CMC is Sept. 18th.. The Wild
    100 is this coming weekend and Greg Moore told me last night he was planning on riding
    in the Wild 100. So I figure the CMC is next month.

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    The Cheat Mountain Challenge is this Sunday. Myself along with a couple buddies are riding in it. Same weekend as the Blues, Brews, and Barbeque Festival. They moved it up a month this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futurepath
    The Cheat Mountain Challenge is this Sunday. Myself along with a couple buddies are riding in it. Same weekend as the Blues, Brews, and Barbeque Festival. They moved it up a month this year.
    Sorry Futurepath. I may have misunderstood what Cheat Mountain something Greg
    was talking about. Evidently they are having something else up toward Elkins
    next month, he said you'll turn in Beverly and go to a campground up there. It's called
    Cheat Mountain ??????? something or other. Oh well, hope you and your buddies
    do well in the Challenge. Let us know how you place and see if you can get someone
    to take some pics. I always like to see those.

    Have a great time where ever you ride.

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    Oh yeah. Forgot about the other Cheat Mountain race. It kind of confused me at first when I saw both. The Cheat Mountain Challenge is just a road ride. Actually it's not a race but just to see who can finish The other is the Cheat Mountain 100 (like the Wild 100), which is part of the new WV/VA Ultra Series.

    I wasn't even going to do the Cheat Mountain Challenge this weekend because it's the wife's birthday but she's encouraging me to do it (I'm a lucky man). I'm going to do the metric verses the century so I won't be on the bike the whole day. Wish I could do the Wild 100 but that will take all day. Bruce is riding the century for the Cheat. It's not supposed to be competitive but I imagine a few will, lets say, give it there all

    Should be a lot of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futurepath
    Oh yeah. Forgot about the other Cheat Mountain race. It kind of confused me at first when I saw both. The Cheat Mountain Challenge is just a road ride. Actually it's not a race but just to see who can finish The other is the Cheat Mountain 100 (like the Wild 100), which is part of the new WV/VA Ultra Series.

    I wasn't even going to do the Cheat Mountain Challenge this weekend because it's the wife's birthday but she's encouraging me to do it (I'm a lucky man). I'm going to do the metric verses the century so I won't be on the bike the whole day. Wish I could do the Wild 100 but that will take all day. Bruce is riding the century for the Cheat. It's not supposed to be competitive but I imagine a few will, lets say, give it there all

    Should be a lot of fun.
    You got it....! No wonder I was confused... Wish I could make it over there just to
    watch. I've already made plans to be up at Coopers for a ride if the weather holds
    out. You guys have a great time and tell Bruce I said howdy. Keep it between the
    ditches... Yes you are a lucky man to have a wife that will encourage you to
    ride. Gotta love that !

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    Not really sure if the CMC is effecting the enrollment for the Wild 100 or not. Figures a weenie like Bruce would choose the skinnies over the roots.

    Hope you guys both have a good ride, looks like we'll have great weather for both days.
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    This whole "Slatyfork epic" thread has got me thinking. There's room for improvement on this ride. One of the area's most legendary trails isn't even part of the whole thing. And there's another one (Hecklerboy knows which one I'm thinking of) that begs to be made rideable again and become another downill run in the new and improved epic.
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    I whole heartedly agree !

    Quote Originally Posted by davis
    This whole "Slatyfork epic" thread has got me thinking. There's room for improvement on this ride. One of the area's most legendary trails isn't even part of the whole thing. And there's another one (Hecklerboy knows which one I'm thinking of) that begs to be made rideable again and become another downill run in the new and improved epic.
    davis, I whole heartedly agree. I gave that some thought while up there this past weekend. All it would take is a modified starting point and of course would require
    bringing that one trail back to life (which I've never made it completely through).
    I'm game if you are and I'm sure HB would chip in some muscle on that one. The
    other trail is in great shape and just needs to be routed in. We should do that, type
    up "The New and Improved EPIC" route and submit it to the IMBA.

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    Here's what I'm thinking:

    Start on #150, go in on Gauley. Left onto Red Run. Left on right Fork. Right out to meadow and then up Gauley Mt. Throught the boulder field, down the screamer descent, then up Bannock Shoals. Out FR#135, right onto #24. Right onto Tea Creek. Left onto connector, right onto Gauley. Right on Bear Pen Ridge, onto Boundary, left onto Turkey Point down into Tea Creek Campground.
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    Sounds awesome, but how much is on pavement? Last time davis said there is an awesome ride with some road rding involved, it turned out to be 30 miles of road for 3 miles of trail, ala "stupidest ride ever".
    Anytime you can mix in Redrun is good with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davis
    Here's what I'm thinking:

    Start on #150, go in on Gauley. Left onto Red Run. Left on right Fork. Right out to meadow and then up Gauley Mt. Throught the boulder field, down the screamer descent, then up Bannock Shoals. Out FR#135, right onto #24. Right onto Tea Creek. Left onto connector, right onto Gauley. Right on Bear Pen Ridge, onto Boundary, left onto Turkey Point down into Tea Creek Campground.
    Ok, pack your lunch. Here's my thoughts! Leave a truck at ERTC, shuttle to 150, go
    in on Gauley, left on Red Run, left on Right Fork, then Tea Creek Mountain, Bannock
    Shoals, then either Saddle Loop or Boundary up to the overlook, from the overlook
    down Boundary onto Bear Pen, Bear Pen to the intersection with Tea Creek, left on
    Tea Creek then right on Tea Creek Connector, right on Gauley Mtn, right on Bear Pen,
    then right at the bottom of Bear Pen Ridge onto Tea Creek again except take Tea Creek
    all the way to FR24, take #24 all the way out to Props Run and down to ERTC and then
    drown yourself in beer.

    This could be a killer, I'm not even sure if I could do it. How many miles would that be
    davis? Other than Turkey Point it covers nearly every trail in the area. Yours would be
    a bit easier. But what an EPIC. I'd probably have to start at daylight and pack an
    overnight bag.

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