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Mountaintown Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Fire roads, Spectacular Views, stream crossings, technical singletrack, Gennett Poplar (400 year old tree...very big)
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Latitude
34.785611296793306
Longitude
-84.54082489013672
Trail Directions
Take Ga 52 west from Ellijay for 5 miles. Turn right onto Gates Chapel Road and go about 4.5 miles to Hills Lake Road. Turn right and go 2 miles on a rough dirt road.
Trail Length
11 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Ellijay
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
January 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: enzo269 ,  Cross Country Rider , from Denver (Cherry Creek) CO USA

Summary:
This trail is amazing.. One of the best if not the best in the East and that includes VT, NH, TN AND NC. I havent ridden since I left the Atlanta area in 1997 but the memories are there.. A few things about this place.. The loop is long and extremely hot on the forest service road during summer.. Bring lots of water, Clif Bars or trail mix.. Do not ride this alone and start early. It is very remote ride, especially when you get into the woods. It can be midday, but when youre in the woods on the downhill it is like a rain forest in there and very dark in spots. You need to have advanced skills, both in climbing/endurance and technical ability.. This isnt a ride you do with a date.. Previous descriptions are good.. The loop begins with a long gradual climb on FS roads until you see a sign that reads "Mountain Town Creek" Mk right and immediately start to descend. There are several whoop de doos to begin.. Trail has amazing technical sections and over 10 creek crossing some of which are undoable.. Too deep and youll screw your BB to hell.. This trail at bottom dumps you out lower than the parking lot and you need to climb back to the cars.. Not so fun because your tired already.. Like I said leave early.. If you get lost back there when the sun goes down, youll be spending the night.. You dont want to hear Dueling Banjos back there at night..

Recommended Route:
I followed the Parham book... His directions for the loop are accurate but there are easier ways to enjoy the trail.. I am in great physical condition and ride in the Colorado Rockies and I was pretty tired and sore after this ride. If you arent in great shape but good shape, I would shuttle. The grind at the bottom back to Parham's recommended parking spot by Bear Creek is a b*tch..

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Windy Gap, Bear Creek, Helen.



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Review Date
September 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rob , from Bradenton

Summary:
At the beginning we climbed and climbed. On the way up Tom broke his hub so we sent him back down after removing the chain. This worked out great for the rest of us. We had Tom pick us up at the bottom of the trail allowing us to skip a large part of the climb back up. Once the climb was over this trail provided a non-stop rush. It started with the fast descents down the fire roads. In a couple of places it would be good to check you speed. I nearly went off the edge in one place. Once we got on the single track the jumps were awesome. I lost count but there we several places to catch some serious air. Short after that were the steep descents down the rock gardens. I bit it on one of them. Just we I thought I was safe my bike clobbered me. Oh well part of the fun. I survived well enough to enjoy the rest of ride. The rest was fast down hill single track that was pretty technical. The creek crossings were also a blast. I lost the count on the creek crossings also. When we finished we covered about 15 miles and I was pretty beat. Great Trail

Recommended Route:
We parked at the trail head near the overlook. Next we will try riding Bear Creek up and this trail down. Keeps us off the fire roads.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear Creek



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Review Date
July 8, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kurt , from atlanta/marietta

Summary:
ride the Bear Creek section first and have someone leave their vehicle at the top as the mostly uphill ride across on mtn road is about as fun as going to your dentist(8 miles)you'll see a sign for Mountaintown Creek trail on your right...be ready for one of the most mind blazing decents with whip de doos first and then a technical section thats steep with loose rocks but fun as hell!!multiple stream crossings and plan on getting wet and take a dip too in one of the deeper pools as it is now one of my favorite rides in North Georgia!!ride hard and smart and remember if you don't volunteer to help maintain these trails don't bitch when they close em to mtnbikes!!!!!!!!!!!please leave only your tiretracks too!!!

Recommended Route:
directions are accurate in most mtnbiking booklets,but if you have a questions stop in Ellijay and see Marty or Mike and ask as they are more then willing to help out and if you leave with a new Moots bike then they'll really love ya!!!



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Review Date
April 16, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Steve Gallier , from Savannah

Summary:
Ride with a friend if you want to wake up to a Bear licking your face. Saw some Blacks(Bears that is)in the area. Pretty downhill for 5 miles from top of the mountain. Very remote bring plenty of water. Many creek crossings and tight rocky steep singletrack at the beginning, flattens out at the bottom of the creek. Waterfalls are pretty sweet and you can ride your bike off a rock into the creek like a mountain Dew commercial. The Forest ride up is long but gradual and coming down is pure heaven. I've ridden most trails in North Ga and this pure mountain bike heaven. Also, check out Green Mountain Trail and Stanley Gap trails up in Blue Ridge off Aska road.

Recommended Route:
Ride up to Bear Creek to trailhead, follow forest roads all the way up. Check out trail in "Off the Beaten Track" for North GA



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