20.9 miles
Distance
3,091 ft
Climb
-3,093 ft
Descent
2,341 ft
High Point

This is a 22 mile loop that is the Laurel Classic Long Course (the short course only does the 2nd half loop). Start out with a 3.5 mile climb up Straight Run Rd where you cross over at the top to begin Plantation Trail. This continues climbing for a short distance and then you begin descending slowly gaining speed. Near the end there are several switchbacks when it really steepens before dropping out on Spoor Hollow Rd.
Now you have a 1 mile climb back up and then left on Stone Road Trail a flat double track where you can regain your breathe. At the end of this bear right onto Deer Trail a gnarly loose rock surface that rockets you downward and generates arm pump concurrently.
Cross over Straight Run Rd, you are 1/2 way now, and continue on Left Straight Run Trail. This meanders across the rocky stream bed for a mile or more and then then climbing begins to the summit in earnest.
At the top make a right and then cross Sand Rd on to Log Slide Trail. Follow Log Slide Trail to Hessel Gesser Rd and continue down Hessel Gesser Rd making left onto Scotch Pine Hollow Trail. You are now on the downward run back to the start.
Scotch Pine Hollow Trail flows for the most part punctuated by several rock gardens that offer challenge given your speed.
At the bottom of Scotch Pine Hollow Trail you will make a left onto Darling Road Trail. This used to be an old logging road but don't be followed by the name. This trail will rocket you the remaining 2.5 miles back down onto Straight Run Rd, making a right and a quick 0.5 mile pedal and you are back where you started.

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Details

  • Race Course
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Laurel Classic Long Course mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,165 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,167 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,166 ft
  • Grade max
    -38.683%
  • Grade min
    27.734%
  • Distance climb
    10.6 miles
  • Distance down
    9.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.2 miles
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