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Iron Mountain

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

A fairly tough climb to top of mountain, lots of rocks, the downhill is well-worth the climb, a few stream crossings which are fun to jump (big rock on one of them to launch off), leads to major water crossing which you more than likely will swim or wade across (caution, water can run high after rainfall), nice easy 2 mile ride at end back to campground...some of the best views around..(ie Bull Mountain, Stonewall Loop)
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Latitude
34.97993984237004
Longitude
-84.64287757873535
Trail Directions
From Atlanta take 75 north to 441 (north, east) Stay on 441 until Cisco. A little fuzzy from here, but make right at intersection of convenience store and old stone church. Follow for 8 miles on loose gravel until Cabbagepatch campground
Trail Length
11.x
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cisco Georgia
   


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Review Date
July 13, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Brian Coop ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
For all the people that keep saying this is obviously a horse trail - this was never originally intended to be a horse trail. This trail was built in 1996 by the Forest Service and several different bike groups (mainly SORBA and CBC). It was always intended to be a multi-use trail and, in my opinion, is a prime example of the failing of IMBA's multi-use policy. Maintenace for the trail was provided by cyclists for quite a while until the Forest Service expanded the parking lot and added facilities for large numbers of equestrian users - at which time the trail succumbed to the destructive nature of having large hooved animals riding in muddy conditions. Equestrians, unlike cyclists, hardly even notice the soft trail conditions and will abuse the trail until it's unusable by any other users. It's a real shame because this was one of the best and most fun rides in the entire area with the fantastic river crossing to cool you off on a hot summer afternoon.

Recommended Route:
I recommend contacting IMBA and/or SORBA to let them know how their misguided policy is robbing mountain bikers of quality trails, and more importantly, that you will not continue to support them until they do something about it. They represent cyclists and they need to know that it's not alwasy possible to make user group happy.

Be courteous to other trail users, but try to educate them about the damage that can occur when a trail is abused. Be aware that even telling someone nicely that their trail use is ruining your ability to enjoy the trail will not be taken kindly.

My ratings reflect the way the trail used to be.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Windy Gap, Bear Creek, Pinhoti, Ft Mtn State Park



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Review Date
June 16, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: B1173 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Nothing has been written on this trail in a while so I thought I would go ahead and post a review. Anyway, this trail is confusing if you are not familiar with the area. I am not really even sure how to provide directions because I am not exactly sure how I didn't end up getting lost. All I can say is, when you are on the service roads, just go straight. There are several random, unlabeled trails (or at least they look like trails) that I was tempted to take but who knows where they would have come out.

Overall, this trail was a lot of fun. It is clearly intended for horses and there is a lot of mud, especially if it has rained within a few days. It has steep climbs and fast descents. I ended up crossing the river when it was about waist deep, I hear this varies. Don't expect a perfectly maintained trail, this is very much a backwoods trail that is mildly maintained. Similar to slickrock at the Ocoee I guess.

A word of warning, I have not has pleasant experiences with the locals. This may be coincidental but I have had some of the most unpleasant camping experiences. This last time I went camping at Cottonwood patch, I had to leave in the middle of the night because the people next to me refused to turn off their generator and turn down there music (despite our pleas to turn it off). The generator ran all night according to our friends that stayed. There are no rangers around to enforce rules and you have to rely on the decency of the other campers.

Recommended Route:
If you start out of cottonwood patch campground, you will have a gruesome three mile climb with loose rocks and the downhill will mainly consist of service roads (still fun though). I suggest going counter clockwise and catching the single track downhill. I started at cottonwood and went counterclockwise. I ended up coming out at a parking lot and had to ask some locals how to get back to cottonwood patch (you go right out of the parking lot and follow the road until you see a metal bridge, turn onto that bridge and ride down the road for a little bit until you end up back at the campground.)I suggest starting where I ended though (Pass cottonwood campground until you cross and metal bridge and turn left off of the metal bridge then turn onto what I think is the parking lot for the Jacks river trial. But I am not positive on that.)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sumac Creek



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Review Date
November 19, 2007

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: thubeav ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail. Well maintained. Follow signs from the horsey parking area. If you cross the bridge and park on the other side of the river you have a NE bound trail which I gave up on but it was fun. SW takes you along river to crossing and I'm not sure where after that.
I took trail from horsey parking area up climb and down hill. There are several off shoot roads but I didn't try those. Apparently the climb can go two miles more but I was running late on the light and couldn't try that either. It's a great area. The posters say it is very popular and for that reason please be very consientious about your trash and usage, etc. Be nice so we can all enjoy.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise.
I gave this an aerobic difficulty for the climb and distance. It's not hard just persistent.
I gave this a technical difficulty for the same reason, but it's not a too rocky of a trail or too complex. It just has a long climb. You will need some brakes for the down hill or not. It's a lot of fun.

Aside:
Someone was marking their trail with budlight cans. They were brand new, shiny. The people I rode with picked up about a case and there were still more left behind. It boggles the mind how completely stupid some people are. Someone carried in all that beer but they couldn't carry out some empty cans. It's a wonder they knew how to get them open.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There must be more that I didn't reach. Please post directions. Thanks.



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Review Date
November 21, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jim Wolfe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Long climb to start(maybe 4 to 5 miles)and then it's singletrack heaven.So many whoopdee doos(Georgia's best) and excellent downhill with awesome views.Beautiful deep river crossing(Conasaga)crossing into Tennessee.4 miles of Breathtaking trail up the edge of the river.

Recommended Route:
clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sumac Creek,



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Review Date
June 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ajondanielson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail has been officialy closed due to a pine beatle infestation. The forest service claims there is another route open, but could not find it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Windy Mountain, Sumac Creek, Bear Creek



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