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    Seeking info from Richwood/Marlinton/Slatyfork locals

    I'm starting to plot a bikepacking route that I'm think will take about 3 days. Some of it is on trails and roads I've ridden, but some is stuff I've just seen on maps. I've described the course below and would be curious to hear comments/critiques from locals about any changes I should make. In particular, I'm interested in finding out if there are backroad or trail routes to connect Cloverlick and Slatyfork that minimize the amount of time we'd have to spend on 219 or other busy roads.

    Start in Summit Lake Campground, leave cars, basecamp gear, etc. there.

    (to make sense of all this you might need to look at the following 3 maps)

    Richwood:
    https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf/graphics/richwood.jpg

    Pocahontas SW:
    https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf/graphics/pocahontas-sw.jpg

    and Pocahontas SE:
    https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf/graphics/pocahontas-se.jpg

    East on Forest Road 77
    SE on Pocahontas Trail
    N on Highway 150
    (switch to Pocahontas SW map)
    N on FR 216
    E on Country Rd. 17
    through Marlinton
    (switch to Pocahontas SE map)
    E on US 39
    N on FS 300
    N on Allegheny Trail
    N on some Seneca State Forest Roads that aren't on these maps
    Through Clover Lick
    (Switch back to Pocahontas SW map)
    N on CR 9
    (things get a little fuzzy here for a while, but eventually. . .)
    Through Slatyfork
    W on FS 24 also known as 219/1, also Mine Rd, also Gauley Mt. Rd)
    (at this point there are LOTS of options in terms of trails and/or fire roads, but eventually. .)
    Through Tea Creek Campground
    S on Highway 150
    (switch back to Richwood Map)
    N on FS 102
    W on Trail 23
    S on FS 77 and back to Summit Lake Campground
    Fat, tired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farley
    I'm starting to plot a bikepacking route that I'm think will take about 3 days. Some of it is on trails and roads I've ridden, but some is stuff I've just seen on maps. I've described the course below and would be curious to hear comments/critiques from locals about any changes I should make. In particular, I'm interested in finding out if there are backroad or trail routes to connect Cloverlick and Slatyfork that minimize the amount of time we'd have to spend on 219 or other busy roads.

    Start in Summit Lake Campground, leave cars, basecamp gear, etc. there.

    (to make sense of all this you might need to look at the following 3 maps)

    Richwood:
    https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf/graphics/richwood.jpg

    Pocahontas SW:
    https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf/graphics/pocahontas-sw.jpg

    and Pocahontas SE:
    https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/mnf/graphics/pocahontas-se.jpg

    East on Forest Road 77
    SE on Pocahontas Trail
    N on Highway 150
    (switch to Pocahontas SW map)
    N on FR 216
    E on Country Rd. 17
    through Marlinton
    (switch to Pocahontas SE map)
    E on US 39
    N on FS 300
    N on Allegheny Trail
    N on some Seneca State Forest Roads that aren't on these maps
    Through Clover Lick
    (Switch back to Pocahontas SW map)
    N on CR 9
    (things get a little fuzzy here for a while, but eventually. . .)
    Through Slatyfork
    W on FS 24 also known as 219/1, also Mine Rd, also Gauley Mt. Rd)
    (at this point there are LOTS of options in terms of trails and/or fire roads, but eventually. .)
    Through Tea Creek Campground
    S on Highway 150
    (switch back to Richwood Map)
    N on FS 102
    W on Trail 23
    S on FS 77 and back to Summit Lake Campground
    Questions that may help us determine our answers. Have you ridden Pocahontas
    Trail before? Do you have a problem with riding difficult singletrack with the load
    you will require? Would you rather run fire roads / backroads where possible?
    I'm not one of the locals, however ride there often and know most of the course
    you are proposing, and some of the locals will attest to that. davis and Hecklerboy
    live in that area and know the area very well. I'm sure I can get them to pipe in
    and your answers to the above questions will help. Sounds like a great adventure
    you are planning. I'll help with all the information I have.

    ODN
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    elaborating. . .

    [QUOTE=outdoornut]Questions that may help us determine our answers. Have you ridden Pocahontas
    Trail before?

    No, I've ridden other stuff in the Cranberry and Slatyfork area, but no specifically Pocahontas. How does it compare in technical-ness with things like Kennison Mtn., Tea Creek Mtn., Gauley Mtn. Bear Pen, Tea Creak Connector, etc?

    Do you have a problem with riding difficult singletrack with the load
    you will require?

    Our intention is to try to pack insanely light (like the light end of what some of the GDR guys are packing) in hopes that we can still allow for riding singletrack. I realize that we're bound to be forced to skip some of the toughest stuff, but I hope to keep as much "in-play" as possible.

    Would you rather run fire roads / backroads where possible?

    It depends on how tired I am. . . I'm trying to play the route so that we'll have plenty of singletrack opportunities, but that there will be fire road bailouts if we find we're running out of gas for the day.

    Thanks!
    Fat, tired.

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    In that case your route sounds pretty cool. You may want to check with the
    National Forest Service to see if they have made it over to that area to clear
    all the trees. We just rode there on Memorial Day Weekend and there were
    many, many trees down on every trail.

    We rode Frosty Gap and Kennison Mtn Trails one day and there were at
    least 20 trees that created hike a bike. Many others we could ride over.
    Another day we rode Pocahontas from the Visitors Center to Kennison, to
    South Mountain, to Cow Pasture, and about 3/4 way around Cow Pasture
    took fire road back up to 150 / 39 intersection and there were at least 25
    to 30 major trees down on this ride. Got tired of carrying the bikes over
    and around them.

    So just check with the Forest Service because that portion of the Allegheny
    Trail may be covered with trees as well. They were way behind when I
    talked with them during the Memorial Day weekend.

    As for the route from Clover Lick through Slaty Fork to Mine Rd. I'm not
    aware of any other route than taking 66 past Snowshoe to Slatyfork, down
    219 to Mine Rd. unless you want to ride up Props Run. Then you could get
    off 219 at Elk River Touring Center and ride up Props Run. That's just
    another option. It comes out on a fire road at the top, where you can turn
    left, then take the next left and it will lead you back to the top of Mine Rd.

    Like you said at that point you could take either the fire road or Bear Pen,
    Tea Creek, over to Boundary Trail and then go down Bannock Shoals to
    Tea Creek Campground. Whichever you do, you should try to end up on
    Bannock Shoals. It's and awesome trail off the mountain and comes out
    right in the Campground.

    Hope this helps. If you need further info I'll do the best I can to assist.
    Hope you have a great ride.
    Caffeine ! "Do stupid things faster and with more energy" ! !

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