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Green Mountain Trail

Average Rating:    (3.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Green Mountain Trail is part of the Rich Mountain network of trails that include Flat Creek Trail, and Stanley Gap Trail. They all begin at the same parking area. All 3 loops are over 20 miles.
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Latitude
34.81671007079051
Longitude
-84.29914712905884
Trail Directions
Drive I575 north from Atlanta to Blue Ridge exit, turn right. Travel to Aska Road, turn right. Trailhead parking is about 5 minutes ahead on your right.
Trail Length
7.5 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Blue Ridge
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: LiquidJefe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
this ride is for VARMINTS only!! or those of you lucky enough to be immuned to POISON IVY!! seriously, this trail was SO overgrown we decided to turn back and save ourselves the doctor visit and possible demise from scratch-death!!

Recommended Route:
i recommend riding flat creek or, of course, STANLEY GAP!! but, if you insist, park in the lot off ASKA ROAD, then you must cross ASKA road to get to the trail head. it will be VERY hard to see, but look straight across from the parking lot and to your right...scratch-fest begins here!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
as always, STANLEY GAP!!



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Review Date
August 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by:  ,  Cross Country Rider , from Marietta, GA

Summary:
From Aska road you have two different paths you can take. They are hard to see at first. But I recommend taking the farthest right or southernmost path from Aska road. It is the lower loop if you have a map. It is a nice steady climb for about 10-12 minutes until you reach the top of Green Mountain. Tiring but not bad at all. You'll reach a sign where the upper loop comes in from the left. Start going downhill to the right and enjoy! It is a long mostly downhill trip for the next 2.5 miles or so. Along the way you will see a sign for the Long Branch connector trail to the right. Stay left and keep going about another 0.5 mile. All of a sudden you are dumped out onto a gravel road. Immediately look to your right as the trail drops off the road after just 20 or 30 feet. I missed this the first time and wound up in some new subdivision.

The trail will continue down hill and gets a little overgrown in spots. Eventually you will cross a creek and you will start to parallel a road to your left. Just keep following the white blazes and you will cross another creek and then see a beautiful Lake Blue Ridge. The trail keeps going and sort of parallels the lake before you are dumped out onto a wide gravel road. Here you are 3.5 miles from the Deep Gap trailhead at Aska Road. Immediately to the right you can go down a small dirt road about 0.5 mile to the lake. From the trailhead sign you can go down the Forest Road and make a loop back to Aska road. That is a lot of pavement. So I turned around and did the 3.5 miles back up the trail. It is immensely more difficult going the other way. Mainly uphill for 2.5 miles. I'm not ashamed to say that I had to push the bike up a couple of spots. When I got back to the sign where the upper and lower trails meet I went right and took the upper trail back to the parking lot. It is steep and rocky and a lot of fun going down. Would not be fun going up and that's why I recommend taking the lower trail up.

Overall a fun trail. The trip down to the lake is a blast. Plan on about 40 minutes or so. I'm glad and did the out and back. I have more appreciation for the trail. Plan on about an hour for the trip back. Ratings below assume an out and back trip. Trail is much easier if you take the fire road and pavement back.

Recommended Route:
Out and back.



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Review Date
December 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tom , from Atlanta

Summary:
This is a really cool trail with a few sections that have great flow. My buddy and I where pretty miserable on the way back though because of the time of year. This trail doesn't see a ton of action so in november it has a thick coat of slippery LEAVES! This made everything a little trickier a few of the climbs where unridable. I've done this trail in the summer before and couldn't believe how much harder it was. Managed to earn a helmet replacement though :P I'd recommend it to intermediate to advanced riders at the right time of year.

Recommended Route:
Rode as an out and back recently, much better than the half paved loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Everything around elijay and blueridge rocks



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Review Date
January 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: TBH , from Augusta

Summary:
Steve's right on all counts just turn around at the paved road and ride single track back to the car. It's a completly new trail backwards.

Recommended Route:
I rode it in and out.



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Review Date
September 26, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Steve , from Woodstock

Summary:
Green Mountain is the lake loop of the Rich Mountain network of 3 trails. It's also the fastest and easiest. Lots of rolling terrain that is almost all middle chainring. You'll have nice views of the lake and enjoy very well maintained [by Ellijay Sorba Chapter] singletrack throughout the first 2/3 of the ride. No drops, nothing too technical, no hike-a-bike. There is little enough traffic on all of these trails that you'll get lots of thorn rakes and an occasional newly fallen hardwood. The trail dumps you onto a series of dirt roads which you'll follow to the left. Expect to be chased by packs of all the rednecks' dogs running loose in the area -- mostly noise and no biting. It's been that way since 1996 when our group started riding there. Turn left onto Aska Road and get ready for a long asphalt climb back to the parking area. Note: Read Flat Creek, Rich Mountain and Stanley Gap reviews. Flat Creek is an absolute rush and sports no canine activity. Stanley Gap shares the trailhead with Flat Creek and is the toughest of the 3 trails -- lots of hike-a-bike. I give Green Mtn 3 stars because of the dogs and road riding. Flat and Stanley are both 4-5 star trails.

Recommended Route:
Counterclockwise, starting across Aska Road from the Parking area. You'll spend the last part of the ride climbing back up [paved] Aska Road to the parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear Creek, Fort Mountain, Bull Mountain, Mountaintown Creek



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