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Kennison Mtn. Trail

Average Rating:    (4.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

This trail mostly technical single track with lots of rocks and roots. It's has rolling terrain with as many climbs as down hills. There are three boardwalks that take you over some wetlands and some terrain that is just to rough to even walk over. The trail ends with a very steep one mile downhill to the Cranberry River. You have to carry your bike across the river and then ride the dirt road back to you vehicle. If your not up for a 20 mile loop, you can take a left onto fire road 738 to Dogway road, then a left back to the parking area.
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Latitude
38.189085254031475
Longitude
-80.28688430786133
Trail Directions
Kennison Mtn. Trail can be accessed via Dogway Road (232) off of Rt 39 near the Cranberry Visitors Center. Drive one mile to the gate. Park here and take Frosty gap trail 3/4 of a mile to Kennison Mtn. Trail.
Trail Length
8-20 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Marlinton/Richwood
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Review Date
June 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: outdoornut ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Included this trail in an EPIC loop on June 22 and it is terrible. Must have been 30 to 40 trees down between Frosty Gap and the 1st fire Rd. There were a couple down between the first and second fire rd. Frosty Gap had about 8 or 10 down so we didn't even finish our EPIC which would have taken us back up Frosty Gap, down Kennison toward Rt.39, the down South Mountain to Cow Pasture. We did find that Cow Pasture is open and clear.

Guess we'll just have to hope the Forest Service or I get up there soon to cut those stinking trees.

Recommended Route:
Our EPIC (28 to 30 mile route) was to be Pocahontas Trail from the Vistors Center to Kennison Mtn., Kennison to South Mountain, left there and out to Dogway Rd. Dogway up to Frosty Gap, to Kennison, left on Kennison, go to the second fire road, go right and then right again at the "STOP SIGN" in the middle of no where (next fire rd.) Take that fire rd all the way to Dogway Rd., left on Dogway back to Frosty Gap. Frosty Gap to Kennison Mtn. Trail, however, this time go right and ride down the mountain on Kennison, left on South Mountain and take it down to Cranberry River Trail. Cross Cranberry River Trail onto Cow Pasture and ride it about 3/4 the way around. Take a left when you come out on the old grassed over blacktop section instead of a right. After taking the left here, ride that grassy fire rd to the gate near the stop sign on Scenic Hwy. 150 across from the visitors center. Nice loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Most of the trail off Gauley Mtn. are clear and drier than usual. Gauley Mtn. Trail, Red Run (a little overgrown), Right Fork (a little overgrown), Bear Pen, Boundary, Bannock Shoals, Tea Creek Mountain, Props Run.



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outdoornut (01/20/2009)
As of January 2009 this trail has not been cleared yet. I plan to make a trip over there as soon as the weather breaks and with the help of a few others we will get this trail cleared. I'll post something when we do. Until then enjoy all the other trails in the area.
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Review Date
March 20, 2007

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: outdoornut ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Noticed this trails has not been reviewed for a while. Just to bring it up-to-date. My Son and I rode this trail again the end of July 2006. It was in great shape. This trail can be considered technical in a few places but nothing that should scare off someone who wishes to challenge their skills a little. The thing nice, is if you don't like a particular spot they aren't that long. Push through that spot and enjoy the rest of the trail. Click above on find pictures of this trail and I've posted a few of that ride. Also see the link to singletrack mind. Awesome trail and a must do if you are in the area.

Recommended Route:
At a minimum to the short loop. Drive up Dogway Rd. to the gate. Frosty Gap trail goes to the right here. Park at the gate, take Frosty Gap till you met Kennison Mtn Trail and take a left on Kennison.
Follow that trail till you come out on a fire road. Take a left on
that fire road and it will intersect with Dogway in about a couple miles. Take a left on Dogway and ride it back to the vehicle. Dogway is a long uphill, not steep, fairly easy peddle, just take your time and it goes quickly. The pee gravel they talk about in the post below is mostly pressed in now. It wasn't difficult at all the last 2 years.
Complete loop is about 7 to 8 miles.

If you are into long rides, start down at the Glads, ride up 32, up to
Frosty Gap, make this same loop however, back up Frosty Gap when you get back to the gate, and then take a right when you get to Kennison and ride down the mountain to where you met like a right of way near the bottom of the hill. Take a left here (South Mtn Trail) ride it down to the Cranberry River Trail, take a right and back to vehicle.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pocahontas and Cow Pasture for easier ones. More difficult are Gauley
Mtn., Bear Pen, Red Run, Tea Creek Mtn, and many more in the Slatyfork area.



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Review Date
October 28, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: stillfat ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It's a Hobbit-Forest, to be sure. The most "epic" of all the rides in the area - never fast, never scary, but always fun and one of a kind.

Recommended Route:
I'd recommend starting at Cranberry Glades gate, riding uphill to the trailhead at Frosty Gap if you plan on doing the whole thing. You can then ride out the gated road along the Cranberry back to the glades. Don't ride back up Dogway Road unless you're some sick Euro hoping to punish yourself with an hour and a half sick climb up deep pea-gravel. If you're doing the short version, turn left at the first fire road and brave the climb back up Dogway.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tea Creek Mountain, Red Run, Pocohontas Trail, Fork Mountain, God knows a bunch more.



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Review Date
June 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jfwrestler75 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Good trail. Advanced riders only! Very technical. ALOT of uphill stuff. Only about 1-2 miles of actual downhill towards the end before a 7 mile fireroad climb. Bring lots of power gels!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cow Pasture



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Review Date
September 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: speed metal ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail has a great review under "Slatyfork Region Trails."

This is as good as it gets in this area - fantastic scenery, distance, challenge.

Recommended Route:
Up to the gate, up Frosty Gap, left and don't stop 'til you hit the Cranberry.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tea Creek Mtn, Red Run, Gauley Mtn, Pocahontas Trail.



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