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Gauley Mtn Trail

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Singletrack and creek bed riding with lots of rocks and roots.
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Latitude
38.33990587237695
Longitude
-80.18388748168945
Trail Directions
Off of State Hwy 219. Take scenic Hwy 150 to Little Laurel Overlook, or Mine Rd/ Gauley Mtn Rd/ USFS 24. Get a map at ertc.com
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Slatyfork
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just wanted to let everyone know that the trail is still as mentioned, however what ever you do, take ERTC (Elk River Touring Center, Inn or Restaurant) out of the equation. They have officially supported the WV wilderness bill which will make many trails in other areas off limits to mountain bikers.

Recommended Route:
If you plan on using a shuttle and linking this trail with Props, please park at the bottom of Mine Rd. and avoid ERTC in every manner.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Same recommendations as before, just avoid promoters who wish to take away our trails. There are other big business in this area that support the bill as well, just do some research before giving them your dollars.



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Review Date
August 16, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Gauley Mountain Trail is a connector trail that runs along "Gauley Mountain", go figure, from Rt.150 (Scenic Hwy.) 5 miles to Mine Road (FS24). It is single track most of the way however in a few places may resemble a double track. It appears to have been an old railroad grade from the late 1800's, however is still a nice trail for those who want to ride an easier trail. There are several spots that will test your skills with lots of rocks, a few logs to ride over and a few drainage ditches. In a couple places the trail follows a wash area.

We rode it on just this past weekend to add distance to our Props Run plans. Started at the Scenic Hwy. and rode through to Mine Rd. No nettles on this trail however there were a few briers after passing Bear Pen trail. The Laurel is tight in a couple places but all in all it is a great connector trail to make loops with. Check out the first
few pictures in this post, while available. (copy and past the link)
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=328855

Recommended Route:
You can use this trail to access Right Fork, Red Run, Bear Pen, Tea
Creek connector and ends at Mine Road. Or ride it in reverse or use
it to create your own loop. Note as of this date, Gil at ERTC advised
that Red Run has not been cleared so I figure Right Fork the same.
North Face trail and the lower part of Tea Creek are not recommended
for biking. (Hasn't been for years according to locals). Do not confuse the lower part of Tea Creek with Tea Creek Mountain Trail or the upper portion of Tea Creek Trail between Bear Pen and Gauley Mtn.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear Pen Trail(somewhat technical in places), Boundary Trial (Extremely Technical), Tea Creek (upper portion), Tea Creek Mountain (Very Technical), Bannock Shoals, Props Run, Kennison Mtn., Pocahontas, South Mountain (lots of nettles)and of course the base
trails off Mine Rd.



Comments
outdoornut (01/07/2008)
Just a suggestion. As racer boy below found out, all the trails in the Monongahela National Forest and not swoopy, fast, flowing, sculptured, singletrack. It is called Cross Country for a reason. You will find a few of those fast swoopy singletrack, but be prepared to challenge your abilities to the max on many of the trails. Also, if you decide to ride the area, check with the locals at Elk River Touring Center to find out what trails are temporarily closed or in poor condition. Gil and the folks at ERTC are extremely helpful and friendly. It will make your visit more enjoyable. We just love this stuff !
outdoornut (03/01/2008)
Please note that ERTC should no longer be considered mountain biker friendly. They have officially supported the wilderness bill which will make all the trails in those area off limits to mountain bikers. Also note that for some reason, who knows what, none of the trails were in the area arond Slatyfork, WV (ERTC's or Snowshoes) location. I did not see the offical report but heard that Snowshoe was a supporter too. I only ask that while enjoying these trails, do not support ERTC or any others that support taking trails away from us. 3/1/2008 the WVMBA had the written testimony of ERTC.
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Review Date
August 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Yes I like steel ,  Racer

Summary:
Rode this trail this past weekend, My wife wanted to ride the Greenbriar and I some He Man singletrack so this area was our choice of destinations. I parked across from Little Laurel Overlook at the Tea Creek Mountain Trailhead. Rode and thoroughly enjoyed Tea Creek Mountain Trail. The rocks were almost sublime on the top of the mountain on and on and on and such a line through them. Dude!! The downhill off the top was incredible but thats where it all goes downhill after this. Turned right onto the North Face Trail. Swoopy contour riding turns into an overgrown slog along a marshy boggy overgrown old rail bed. Turned onto Right Mountain Trail and things got worse after that.these trails including Tea Creek Mountain were all overgrown. Good trails do not get overgrown. Singletrack is swoopy meandering trails through a wooded or wild area. Singletrack is not a rail bed that was built to pilfer the natural resources of a century ago. Thats what the Gauley trail is a RAIL or ROAD BED. Straight and with very little elevation change. This trail simply follows the old road or rail bed and looks more like a rutted four wheeler trail than singletrack.Yes if you have trouble with this then DO NOT ride any other trails in the area. With the exception of most of Tea Creek Mountain and some of Red Run trail all trails in this area are old RAIL OR ROAD BEDS. Nettles abound so be warned. If this appeals to you then by all means have at it. I won't be back

Recommended Route:
AWAY from here my friend. Perhaps Slatyfork but hey its still the same deal.Also... DO NOT eat in Marlinton hereafter referred to as Mar Vegas. Bad Food. We ate at Christies and the River Place. Bad Food. Waitress at Christies in Mar Vegas had two white flour hand prints on her ample booty. What were they cooking up in the back?? A little relative humidity perhaps?? It was just something you only see in Arkansas or West By God Virginia. DUDE, just save your money and go to PISGAH.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
NO Singletrack.
Perhaps a road ride on the Highland Scenic Highway or cross bike on the sideroads from the Scenic Highway to the Greenbriar trail.



Comments
Hecklerboy (02/27/2007)
Dude, you ride one loop and slam the whole Slatyfork trail system. Gauley Mtn. trail is a connector trail across the mount. No one takes it as a serious trail. We mainly use it to get to awesome trails like Red Run and Bear Pen. You should try ridng other trails in the area like Tea Creek Mountain trail and Kennison Mtn. trail before putting down some of the best riding on the east coast.
outdoornut (03/01/2007)
Have to agree with Hecklerboy. And that comment on "Good trails don't get
overgrown" ? You evidently have no knowledge of what it takes to keep up
even well used trails. Try volunteering with your local bike club and see what
it takes to keep even heavily used trails clear from weeds, debre and rerouting
around bad sections. I know there are hundreds of miles of trails in that area
which could take a crew dedicated only to trail maintenance, every day, all summer
long to keep them all clear.
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Review Date
July 2, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Noticed this trail has not had a review for a while. My Son and I rode most of Gauley Mtn. Trail during the Memorial Day weekend this year. We also attended the 2006 Slatyfork Shuffle near the end of June and the trail was great. The bit of wet weather made it even more challenging. As stated in the previous post, you should use this trail as a guage to determine if you should ride any of the other connecting trails. After you have ridden the entire length and your opinion is "that was pretty cool" and "that was easy enough" then you might be ready to challenge yourself on Bear Pen, Tea Creek, Right Fork, Tea Creek Connector and the most challenging Red Run, Tea Creek Mountain or even Boundary Trail between Bear Pen and Bannock Shoals.

If you think Gauley Mtn. was tough, then don't even attempt the others.
Have fun and enjoy. If you plan on doing more than Gauley Mtn. just have some spare tubes, patches, derailluer hanger, etc.

Recommended Route:
From the Trailhead on Rt.150 (Highland Scenic Hwy.) out to Mine Rd. and back. Unless you wish to continue on some of the connecting trails. This is the best place to park and ride a loop. If you have a shuttle you can leave one at the overlook parking on Rt.150 and complete your loop at Tea Creek Campground at the bottom of the mountain.

If you want a real challenge, park a vehicle at Elk River Touring on Rt. 219 in Slatyfork. Take the other vehicle to the overlook parking on Rt.150. Ride Gauley Mtn. Trail to Mine Rd., take the fire roads to the top of Prop's Run and ride the 8 mile long mostly downhill Prop's Run Trail down to Elk River Touring.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nice loop, begin at Cranberry Visitors Center, take Pocahontas, Kennison Mtn., South Mountain, Cow Pasture, a left near the end of Cow Pasture and back to the Visitors Center.

Bannock Shoals, is a 5.3 mile, not real steep climb and/or is a blast to come back down. Entrance to climb, or Exit coming down is at the end of Tea Creek Campground, the loop by the creek.



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Review Date
June 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brandon , from Louisville, KY

Summary:
This is a really fun trail for anyone with a little riding experience. Challenging but fun. Long ups and downs but not very steep so you can stay on your bike the whole time. Map lists trail as 'moderate' which means it's actually rideable and you will have fun. It was a blast on a hardtail but a light FS would have been perfect. Try this trail to guage where you should be riding in this area.

Recommended Route:
Park at either end of trail or park and one and ride out and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Powerline Trail (listed as Base Trail combined with Roaring Run)



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