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Iron Mountain trail

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climbing and kinda technical and hilly. Nice trail
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Latitude
36.639773979496574
Longitude
-81.75338745117188
Trail Directions
From Abingdon take hw 58 to the Damascus town park and ride from there to cowboys and take the road called Moch Holler
Trail Length
20 to 50 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Damascus
   


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Review Date
October 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Go-Rilla ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rooty. Rocky. Steep. Flowy. Swoopy. Wet. Wild. Humbling. Exhilerating. Inspiring. (when you go - as you must - you too can add your own eplicatives.)
It's got it all - except big drops, and long smooth sections. Leave those for the shuttlers and the racers.
This is a trail that demands hard work to get the great rewards.
There are several loop options, so can make rides from 1 to 10 hours.
Been there several time in peak fall foliage season - and can count on 2 hands how many other riders I've seen. Amazing.

Recommended Route:
From rear of Beartree Campground - Straight Branch trail over to SR600. Left 1/4 mi. to Right on IMT. IMT up to FR84, turn around and back IMT to SR600. Cross and right on IMT. Continue on IMT up past Lum to ridgeliine. continue on ridge to Shaw gap and on to FR90. Right on FR90 for @ 3/4 mile to Gate right on IMT. On down through Feathercamp ridge and up short switchback to next ridge. Stop. Check your brakes and your fillings. 3 miles of steep babyhead bopping, creek hopping funfest directly into town. Shuttle back. Total ride time @ 4hours.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shorter loop variations of this trail are easy from Beartree Campground. HIGHLY recommend from campground blowing a gasket up Lum to left on IMT. Getting a bit of everything along ridge to Shaw Gap. Then Beartree Gap for a big-ring doubletrack back to camp. Great couple of hours.



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Review Date
May 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mtb_er ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail if you stay away from the town of Damascus. The section closest to the town is boring doubletrack that is chronically muddy. Everything east of FR90 is nice though, and you can put together some great singletrack loops in that area. Lots of rocks, challenging climbs and fast downhills. Buy the National Geographic map of Mt Rogers NRA (#786). It is the best trail map available for this area.

Recommended Route:
Take US 58 east out of Damascus and look for FR90 on your left. Take that to the top and park at the point where Iron Mountain Trail crosses the road. Head northeast on the IMT (to your right). Follow the ridge past Shaw Gap, past the Straight Branch shelter, and stay on IMT to Route 600. Cross the road and look for the IMT trailhead on the other side. Keep going on IMT until you come to route 84 (gravel road). Make a left and head downhill. Stop when you see a fire road gate on your right. There are two trails here, you want the left one called Jerry's Creek. This is a sweet downhill that dumps you out on Route 668 at Rowland Creek. Now the fun begins. Make a right on the road and look for the Rowland Falls trail ahead. You'll be climbing back up on this trail. You have to portage around the falls but it's not that bad. Makes a great lunch spot. Then continue climbing back up to the road and make a right on the Old 84 trail. It's a nice grassy doubletrack that takes you back to the Jerry's Creek gate you just left. Stay on 84 downhill and cross 600 again. You'll pick up IMT again past the gate and retrace your route back. Or you can shuttle to the bottom of Rowland Creek.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Iron Mountain on Feathercamp Ridge to a left on Beech Grove. Leave a shuttle vehicle at the Straight Branch parking lot for the Creeper Trail across the street. Start at the hairpin turn down the hill from the starting point of the other IMT ride and follow the IMT Spur trail to IMT heading southwest. Stay on IMT down, down until you come to a clearing. You'll be in the big ring, just motor along until you see a trail on your left with a yellow diamond blaze. This is Beech Grove. Make a left and continue downhill, with logs, creek crossings, and lots of rocks. Cross the AT and come out at the road where you parked. Kind of short but a nice shuttle to finish off the weekend.



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Review Date
March 29, 2007

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: bikeuphill9 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is by far my favorite trail. It has countless trails off of it that have incredible climbs and descents, but the Iron Mountain takes the cake. A lot of rocks, but that is what full suspension is for. There are drops here and there and log jumps are beginning to appear on to the sides of the trail. If it has rained in the last few days, prepare to get muddy. Also watch out for the occasional horse, hiker, or dirt biker. Everyone is real nice on the trail, but sometimes those blind corners get scary.

Recommended Route:
I usually start at the bottom of FR 90 where it intersects 58. Climb for about a 1 1/2 mile and then descent to a sharp right hander. There take the furthest right of the trails/fire roads. At the top of the short climb, head into the woods on the single track (there is a trail sign). Stay on the Iron Mountain until you reach Beach Grove Trail (on left about 4 miles in). Descend 1 mile on Beach Grove. Turn left on 58 and climb 3 miles back to FR 90. The parking lot at the end of Beach Grove is a good spot to start to as it gets the climb out of the way while the legs are fresh.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Virginia Creeper Trail: Access points at Beach Grove parking lot, Damascus, Whitetop Mountain, Taylor's Valley, and Abingdon. Good ride for family or inexperienced riders.

Mock Holler: Starts in Damascus up road across from Cowboy's gas station. Intersects Iron Mountain at top and then hits Beach Grove on right. Good loop if tied in with Creeper.

Bear Tree: Only rode twice. Plan to go back soon. Was really nasty in the fall with all of the leaves down.



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Review Date
October 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mudmanmike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great for those that like to be on top of the world. Very technical, rocky, short steep climbs, overall a ridge ride. Many options for ride routes. You can make tis an epic trail or a short hour ride depending on what route is taken.

Recommended Route:
My first time being there we got a recommended route from Adventure Damascus. Getting a shuttle to drop you off at the bottom of one of the many fireroads is a great option and then take the IMT back to town. My friend and I took FR 90 at US 58 and climbed 1.5 miles to the top and intersected the IMT. We then took the ridgeline towards Shaw Gap. After the intersection of Shaw gap we continued on an out-and-back on the IMT. We turned around after 3 miles and returned back to Shaw Gap. We then took a right down the Chestnut Ridge Trail. Great downhill with big drops that can be hidden under leaves. We then took a left onto FR615 and proceeded to climb back up to the intersection of IMT. We then took the Feathercamp trail back down to US58. The bottom of Feathercamp had 6 creek crossing that had to be walked so be prepared to get your feet wet if your not careful. Once on US58 ride back to town and catch the Creeper trail to ride back into town.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lum Trail, Beartree Rec area, creeper trail, plus more rides off of the IMT. A gold mine of trails and places to see just bring food and a sense of adventure.



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Review Date
May 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Guy Spiher , from Winston --still!!

Summary:
Quite a nice mix of singletrack, fire road and forest service gravel. Word of warning.. Think reliability. raceday components have NO place out here.Access the IMT from any of the previously mentioned places and ride East.At Skulls Gap you will intersect FR84.Take 84 East and you will come to Old 84 about 6 miles up from Hurricane Creek Campground. Pass straight over the Tank Trap and into Jerrys Creek and Rowlands Creek Falls Trail. A killer downhill ensues. Take the time about two miles into to enjoy the falls. (Killer). At the bottom of this plunge you will come to a road, the loop goes to the left cross the creek and go left again. Begin climbing Jerrys Creek Trail Cimb baby climb to the top of a nondescript forest service road. This is Old 84. Turn left and you will descend on this roller of a jeep trail only without the jeeps for 5 to 6 miles before arriving back at your start. turn RIGHT onto 84 and pick up the IMT shortly thereafter. If done right you will have had 60 miles into this ride from Beartree.

Recommended Route:
As i stated earlier but this time you can include the Rowlands Creek Trail off of Old 84. This is a killer downhill loop with an equally killer climb back up to Old 84 to 828 or 84 to the IMT. Stop at the Ranger station for a map --Highly reccomendo EPIC!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
any all



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