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    Where is this trail? (or twenty years fogs memory)

    Back in the mid-late 1980s I used to ride with a group form Sarah Zane Bike shop in Winchester VA (Tom and Molly et al). I am trying to recall the location of one of our best regular trails but my mind is mixing up the trail details.

    Here are some details that I think are from this ride but could be mixed from other trails.

    1. I think we parked at Van Buren Furnace, south of Star Tannery and Zepp. (But this could have been a different trail)
    2. I think Tom called the ride 'Das Schloss' (the castle) for a Rock formation.
    3. The ride started on gravel for 1/2 mile or so then went into the trees, across a creekbed and up a long steep hill. (memory fails on the next part)
    4. Logging road, uphill, switchbacks then downhill fast. More uphill.
    5. Rest area (Cabin) - go to tight single track with many big rocks.
    6. Forrest floor with big trees and smooth trail.
    7. Enter creekbed. Head size stones. Rattle teeth.
    8. Back to gravel road and back to cars.

    I remember it being a pretty long ride. Maybe four hours or more. The memory may be faulty here.

    Does this sound like a trail anyone knows? Where is it???

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    Nobody? Does anyone ride around Van Buren Furnace?

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    Pm sent

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    Hey, I just opened my Potomac Appalachian Trail Club map, Map F and found Van Buren Furnace. I see Little Schloss and Big Schloss. So problably you meant Dos Schloss (as in 2 Schloss's). Sugar Knob Cabin is in the area, probably the cabin you refer to. I'm not able to determine your route precisely on the map by your description, but I can see several ways to go that would appear to be good rides.

    Anyway, I sent you a PM a few minutes ago. You can pick up the map at our shop; and I would be more than happy to explore the area with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwiffle
    Hey, I just opened my Potomac Appalachian Trail Club map, Map F and found Van Buren Furnace. I see Little Schloss and Big Schloss. So problably you meant Dos Schloss (as in 2 Schloss's). Sugar Knob Cabin is in the area, probably the cabin you refer to. I'm not able to determine your route precisely on the map by your description, but I can see several ways to go that would appear to be good rides.

    Anyway, I sent you a PM a few minutes ago. You can pick up the map at our shop; and I would be more than happy to explore the area with you.


    yep sounds like big scholoss but isnt the trail head at bear wallow or somthing? but the trail is a blast anyways mucho funnzo!!!

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    Thats it. I looked up Sugar Knob Cabin on the web and found pictures.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumley
    Thats it. I looked up Sugar Knob Cabin on the web and found pictures.

    Thanks,

    Jeff
    I thought it quite the coincedence that someone you mentioned e-mailed me that picture this morning.....then I saw your post.

    Yeah, dos schloss is hella fun.

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    The very one. Is it still there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumley
    The very one. Is it still there?
    Nope, closed their doors like 5+ years ago.

    PS: PM sent.

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