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East West Loop

Average Rating:    (4.3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Combination single track and old mining roads; technical sections with boulder fields; lots of downhill; lots of climbs, some very steep; a real challege for the toughest riders.
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Latitude
34.759049122514284
Longitude
-84.70793724060058
Trail Directions
From Atlanta, Take I-75 North and get off at exit 126; Take Hwy 411 to Chatsworth; In Chatsworth, take a right turn on Hwy52 East for 8 miles to the top of the mountain; park entrance on left; check in at park office for permits and a map. Fort Mountain State Park
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Chatsworth
   


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Review Date
August 16, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gasiorv ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail last weekend, trail is in good shape except for some of those stinging plants that are overhanging into the trail. That was my first experience with those and I hope I never have to deal with them again. This trail is challenging, especially for those who are a little overweight and don't do a lot of climbing (I am from memphis, where there is no elevation). The downhill on the pipeline is awesome, rode the whole thing, did get sucked into one rut and went over the bars, but picked her up and kept on riding. Saw two black bears in a section where all the horse trails and bike trails cross, pretty scary for someone who has never seen a bear in the wild before. The climb out is tough and I only made it about 1/8 of a mile before I had to start pushing. Wasn't bad push though, even in Mt Bike shoes. Bring plenty of water, especially if your riding in August, I sucked my camel back dry about a mile from the end.

Recommended Route:
I started at the lake and started around mile 3 or 3.5 and road clockwise. You get minimal climbing up front, pipeline downhill, miles of up down, and then the big climb. After that it is all downhill back to the parking lot at the lake, pretty fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gold mine trail. Bear Creek in Ellijay. Also, stop in at the bike shop in Ellijay, he was telling me about a 16 mile trail that runs from the top of Ft mountain to Bear Creek, I think it was called Pinhoti or something, unfortunately, I stopped in the bike shop at the end of my vacation, not the beginning.



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Review Date
July 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Angry Beaver ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Well I got on this trail accidentally. I was supposed to take the Gold Mine Loop, but didn't bring a map and made a wrong turn, so it was the East West Loop for me! It had been raining pretty regularly when I went so the trail was nasty and muddy. When I got to the powerline downhill, (this is when I realized I had taken a wrong turn), I rode about half way down, but the second half was so steep and rutty that I don't see how anyone could possibly ride it. I'd like to see someone try. After that you have a little up and down action for a while as you work your way around to the north again. I had to walk most of the short uphills here due to the mud and my burning legs. Once you get around to the final climb, get ready for some pain like you've never felt before. As if the climb wasn't enough, the nettles will tear your legs up. Some sections were so overgrown that I was literally up to my neck in folliage as I trudged through. I ended up walking most of the climb and I ran out of water. I took a few swigs from a stream that I passed by. It's nice clean spring water. Not reccommended unless you're completely out of water and are dehydrated like I was.

There are phenominal views all along this trail. That made it worth the pain for sure. I'm giving this a lower rating though, mainly due to the overgrowth, and because I think the powerline downhill could possibly use some switchbacks or something.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise. There are a lot of different trails all over the mountain so BRING A MAP! It's pretty easy to get mixed up, and some of the signage is difficult to interpret unless you're familiar with the mountain.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gold Mine Loop. Much better suited to non hardcore people like me :)



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Review Date
April 15, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jackshady ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just a quik note to anyone who rides on the E-W loop and gets hit with the stinging plant ( stinging nettle) find out what jewelweed looks like. It usually grows in the vicinity of nettles and it is a remedy to the sting of nettle. Many companies are now harvesting it for treatment of poison ivy and other harmful plants. All you do is rub the leaves of this plant around in your palms and it will start to break up and create a gel like substance rub that on the spots. Good luck with the rest of the ride.



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Review Date
July 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gtg252b ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is one of the least fun trails I have ever ridden. Having said that, if you're looking for a good workout, and some technical training on steep treacherous downhill, then this might be your trail. The things that I didn't like about thiis trail were that it is very overgrown with stinging nettles, and almost the entire 14 miles are covered with loose rocks. Except for the first four miles, and maybe the last 2 or 3, the trail doesn't flow very well either -- in other words you can't keep your speed up, and you end up wasting momentum even on the downhills. But I guess you can't expect much better from old mining roads.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the signs labeled 301



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Review Date
September 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: RLing ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I honestly do not believe that any sane human being would try to ride all of the infamous "powerline downhill" section of this trail. I rode the first half without dying but some of the second half, which switchbacks down on loose rock and gravel, was difficult to walk, much less ride. Once you've lost a thousand feet or so of elevation, the trail gets quite easy (except for the occasional patch of stinging nettle). The mines and old ruined buildings are interesting (one had a sign saying "No solicitors," which I found amusing). Having riden the long uphill back to civilization on a previous ride, and being short of daylight and energy, I pushed my bike up the 7-8 switchbacks to the Cool Springs Overlook to skip the tough two mile uphill grind. In 15 minutes I was back on top. The Cool Springs switchbacks had been improved since last time (fewer rocks and nettle), and definitely offers an easy escape for the tired, lazy, or soon-to-be in the dark solo rider.

Recommended Route:
Either bring a parachute, expect a few broken bones, or be aware that you may need to dismount on some of the downhill.



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