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    Hi all, I'm going to be traveling to Fishersville, Va over the holiday weekend and want to get some rides in around the Fishersville area. I also want to travel back over to the George Washington National Forest to finish a ride I wasn't able to complete a few years back. I had about 65 miles under my tires when I finally made it up to the top of Reddish Knob and was (I hate to say it) too exhausted to ride the downhill section (something I was so looking forward to!). I've read that there's more than one way to get down... so what do you think might be the funnest and or best way to descend this awesome mountain?? Also any ideas on good rides right around the Fishersville area? Anyone want to hook up and go for a ride over the weekend?

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    This may not be the best weekend (or at least Sunday) to hit up the Reddish Knob area due to the Shenandoah Mountain 100 being run. Lynn and Wolfe are trails that are used fairly early in the race and Chestnut off of Little Bald is used later in the race.

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    The Southern Traverse is due west of Fisherville

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    Reddish Knob: Timber Ridge to Wolf Ridge Mountain Bike Trail, Dayton, Virginia

    after the climb on the road it's Timber Ridge to Wolf Ridge for the ride down. As mentioned the Shenandoah 100 starts on Sunday.

    I have done Reddish Knob before years ago and have been wanting to do it again myself!
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    My preferred run down from Reddish is Chestnut Ridge. It's about a 2 mile? ride around the back of Reddish, then up a gated forest road/double track to get to the start of Chestnut Ridge. Other option as stated is Timber Ridge (upper)/Wolf Ridge (lower) combo. Timber Ridge starts right below the Reddish summit - small sign with trail # I believe. It's been a while since I've ridden Timber Ridge, but recall it being a bit more unkept than the other trails in the other area - down trees, overgrowth creeping in. Not sure on current conditions. Wolf Ridge is a fun trail that I'd suggest hitting if you don't want to ride all the way up Reddish. Lynn Trail (from road just past reservoir) leads up to the start of Wolf. Lynn is a b!tch of a climb though - you've been warned!

    As recommended, best to stay away on Sunday race day.

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    Thanks for the heads up, much appreciated. I'll avoid the race area until next time

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    I was lucky enough to camp at the Natural Chimney park for 3 days and I'd ride my bike from there to George Washington Forest. Some of the best riding I've done so far has been in GWF. The day I rode to the top of Reddish Knob I got lost, saw 2 black bear yearlings (awesome) and rode my [email protected]@ off to make sure I didn't see Ma Ma. By the time I got back on track, through the kindness of a stranger, I met my wife and son at the top of Reddish Knob for a picnic and to take in the awesome views. And decided that with failing brakes and 30 miles more under my tires than I'd anticipated that it was time to throw in the towel. That decision has haunted me for the last 4 years because it was the one descent I was looking forward to. I guess I'll wait till next time though. Thanks for the advice!

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    Awesome, thanks for the suggestion. I think I'm going to give it a go on Sat. in the AM. Then do Sherando on Sun. or Mon.

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    I remember the road to the top of Reddish being, I hate to admit it because it's a road, pretty tiring at times. That said, I'm always ready to take on the challenge of a b!tch of a climb. Can't wait to try it! Maybe next year. Thanks for the advice, much appreciated

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    Timber/Wolf was ripping back in June when I rode it. Long long long with multiple distinct zones ranging from super hairy to dreamy flowy. Must do.

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    If you went later in the day on Sunday, you could ride up Reddish Knob and down Timber Ridge to Wolf. Wolf will be clear in the afternoon and should be in excellent shape since it is part of the SM100 course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphine View Post
    I remember the road to the top of Reddish being, I hate to admit it because it's a road, pretty tiring at times. That said, I'm always ready to take on the challenge of a b!tch of a climb. Can't wait to try it! Maybe next year. Thanks for the advice, much appreciated
    Yeah, the road climb (before the narrow paved section at the last segment) is a beast It's tough because of its length, and the upper part is just a consistent grade with a few steep pitches mixed. No grade "plateaus" to give yourself a breather on. Must be why the roadies love it so much. Definitely pace yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viva Borracho View Post
    If you went later in the day on Sunday, you could ride up Reddish Knob and down Timber Ridge to Wolf. Wolf will be clear in the afternoon and should be in excellent shape since it is part of the SM100 course.
    Sunday's out of the loop for me, but Monday isn't! I might just go there instead of Sherando. Good thinking - Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Mueller- View Post
    Timber/Wolf was ripping back in June when I rode it. Long long long with multiple distinct zones ranging from super hairy to dreamy flowy. Must do.
    Sounds good, Now I'm going to have to sit down and look at the maps and do a little dreaming. Thanks for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wi1trackrider View Post
    Yeah, the road climb (before the narrow paved section at the last segment) is a beast It's tough because of its length, and the upper part is just a consistent grade with a few steep pitches mixed. No grade "plateaus" to give yourself a breather on. Must be why the roadies love it so much. Definitely pace yourself.
    So the day before I bailed on descending from the top of Reddish Knob, I road what looked to be a seasonal access road that ran between Va and WV because many of the trails at the bottom were washed out and the creeks and streams were overflowing, which made for some pretty difficult crossings. I remember that it was a steady dirt road climb that seemed like it would eventually merge into the upper road for Reddish knob, but a much more manageable and actually pretty fun ride that allowed more choices of trails that you could get to and climb or descend. Does this sound familiar to you and if so is it a possible better way to get to the top of Reddish Knob?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphine View Post
    So the day before I bailed on descending from the top of Reddish Knob, I road what looked to be a seasonal access road that ran between Va and WV because many of the trails at the bottom were washed out and the creeks and streams were overflowing, which made for some pretty difficult crossings. I remember that it was a steady dirt road climb that seemed like it would eventually merge into the upper road for Reddish knob, but a much more manageable and actually pretty fun ride that allowed more choices of trails that you could get to and climb or descend. Does this sound familiar to you and if so is it a possible better way to get to the top of Reddish Knob?
    It sounds like you may have been on Tilghman Road, the gravel road you park on. The road ride to the top is the paved road you turn onto Tilghman from (Briary Branch). Turns into FS85 before you get to the top. I highly recommend something like MTB Project for maps for rides in that area. It may keep you from getting very, very lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphine View Post
    So the day before I bailed on descending from the top of Reddish Knob, I road what looked to be a seasonal access road that ran between Va and WV because many of the trails at the bottom were washed out and the creeks and streams were overflowing, which made for some pretty difficult crossings. I remember that it was a steady dirt road climb that seemed like it would eventually merge into the upper road for Reddish knob, but a much more manageable and actually pretty fun ride that allowed more choices of trails that you could get to and climb or descend. Does this sound familiar to you and if so is it a possible better way to get to the top of Reddish Knob?
    It sounds like you did the FR95 to FR85 route? Also know as the death climb in SM100 due to it being so long and coming at mile 70. Typical if I climb from that direction I keep going up bald mtn rd and come down Chestnut trail instead of going over to Reddish knob. If you are just looking to get to Reddish and do Wolf trail I would do the paved Brailey branch road climb its the more direct route. There is also a trail that cuts the corner from the FR95/FR85 side that is a good single track climb with some rocky sections but I don't have a map handy to tell you the name.

    Tons of options in the area so I recommend getting the national geographic map of the area or find someone that knows the area.

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    Just wanted to say thank you, to all of you for the great advice and trying to help me out. I finally found my maps from about 5 years ago and some things have change others have stayed the same. Can't wait to get some riding in. Hope you all have a great weekend with some saddle time.

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    I so want to do Reddish Knob this fall! I did it once back in, idk '00 or so. maybe once Jacquin passes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbiker040 View Post
    I so want to do Reddish Knob this fall! I did it once back in, idk '00 or so. maybe once Jacquin passes!
    I wasn't able to make it over to Reddish (hoping to next year). But I rode Sherando 2 times and had a great time. Climbed up the switch backs, took Torrey Ridge down and followed the ridge all the way down. What a fun ride. Awesome views (the views have to be killer now with the change of seasons), also met some really cool and interesting people. All around great ride. Reddish Knob has got to be amazing in the fall, hope you get to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphine View Post
    I wasn't able to make it over to Reddish (hoping to next year). But I rode Sherando 2 times and had a great time. Climbed up the switch backs, took Torrey Ridge down and followed the ridge all the way down. What a fun ride. Awesome views (the views have to be killer now with the change of seasons), also met some really cool and interesting people. All around great ride. Reddish Knob has got to be amazing in the fall, hope you get to do it.
    Thanks! Once this rainy weather / monsoon season goes away I'm going to be ready for some adventure!!

    Sherando looks cool too, not too far past Charlottesville, about 1hr55 min from my house. Hmmm going to have to check that out too!
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