33.6 miles
Distance
5,487 ft
Climb
-5,536 ft
Descent
3,625 ft
High Point

This is the 2017 Drama Queen Route.

Detailed Description
2017 Drama Queen is a 34 mile popular intermediate route located near Ellijay Georgia. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 5,487 ft with a max elevation of 3,625 ft then descends -5,536 ft.
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18 Reviews & Comments

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danewhite (Nov 25, 2021 at 8:52)
Great mellow decent trail for riders of all skill levels. No steep or technical sections.
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wplindsay76 (Jun 13, 2021 at 13:02)
Was passing through the area and decided to give Bear Creek a shot since I’d heard so much about it. I have to say I don’t get all the buzz surrounding this trail. Ride up Bear Creek South which is a gravel road you can drive your car up if you want. Mostly uphill. Then hit Bear Creek in a CW direction. Moderate climbing, beautiful forest scenery. I was pressed for time so rode up the Bear Creek Cut to cut the trip in half. A little more climbing and then hit the downhill. Which seemed like it would be fun if not for the overgrown condition of the trail and all the fallen trees totally blocking forward progress. It definitely gets steep and rowdy, but you’re constantly being whipped by branches and thorn bushes. And the felled trees stop whatever momentum you build up because you have to hike your bike over under and around.
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sharknado33 (May 28, 2021 at 8:34)
Elevation gain is less than trail forks states. Climbing from Mulberry Gap to the overlook was 1370
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josesanchez89 TMBA (May 19, 2021 at 4:34)
This is a road not a trail.
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rjbeads1 (Mar 19, 2021 at 14:07)
Trail Pinhoti 1
Fun trail, but don't come into this thinking it's a nice flowy blue. Starting from Bear Creek, this trail has a long, steep, lung-busting, soul-crushing climb that is pretty root-y, and somewhat technical. It also has fast, white-knuckle descents that'll really test you brakes. If you're not up for for a challenge, or are with a newer rider, consider skipping this one and taking Pinhoti 2 instead.
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Mar 17, 2021 at 11:30)
Trail Windy Gap
I was disappointed with this trail. Most definitely not a black diamond. The climb up the ATV trail was brutal and the descent was not worth it. I was expecting a single track but this is a double track almost a road at some points.
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Jimmy1224 (Nov 25, 2020 at 5:28)
Rode this yesterday 11/24/20. Going up is really wet with lots of leaves so it’s pretty slippery. The big down fall was all the downed trees. I had to Trek with the bike on my back down some pretty steep ravines then back up to get back to the trail. I could have turned around but I’m not that smart. The down hill was great.
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jesstodd (Jun 14, 2020 at 8:52)
Parked the car at the top of the gravel road labeled Bear Creek South on Trailforks, right at the start of Bear Creek Loop. (Glad we skipped that part - it was boring uphill gravel with not much room for cars going by.) We started the loop to the left (clockwise - opposite of Trailforks map) with a lot of single track climbing - nothing insanely steep but we walked a lot of it because my lowest gears were skipping and we’re used to riding in Florida without those kinds of ascents.

Once you get to the fire road close to the middle point of the loop, it’s much more rolling and easy to ride. I actually really enjoyed the fire road despite others saying it’s boring. It’s beautiful and you can get more speed if you’re not comfortable with that yet on tricky single track. Could also focus more on the scenery.

On the far side of the loop (east side, 3/4 way through when traveling clockwise), we jumped on the Bear Creek Cut, which is shown as a black diamond but it wasn’t nearly as steep or tricky as other parts of the trail labeled as blue. That brought us back to the west side of the loop we had ascended earlier, and it was a really nice, fun descent I felt comfortable with as a more beginner rider who hasn’t been on a lot of real “mountains.” More advanced riders were flying down but I could easily control speed and stay slow.

We then got back to the end of the loop and decided we wanted to go back for another half-loop using the Bear Creek Cut. This time we ascented to the right side of the loop (counterclockwise, as shown by Trailforks). I was instantly glad we didn’t descend that side - it was MUCH steeper with switchbacks and way out of my league for descending. (For this reason, I recommend the clockwise loop described above crossing back to the left side at Bear Creek Cut to any beginner riders.) We had to walk nearly the entire ascent, with my low gears out of commission and our legs tired in general.

It evened out more once we got to the fire road, which had one big tree down that was a bit of a puzzle to crawl through with bikes. We then got back on Bear Creek Cut and repeated the same descent, even more fun the second time.

Highly recommended scenic trail for beginner-intermediate riders looking to challenge themselves without the scary drop offs off the side of the trail. Aside from the steep portion of the right/east side of the loop described above, I never felt scared of falling off a mountain side or severely injuring myself, which is my kinda trail! I’m sure it would be great for advanced riders going fast too.
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jesstodd (Jun 14, 2020 at 8:49)
Parked the car at the top of the gravel road labeled Bear Creek South on Trailforks, right at the start of Bear Creek Loop. (Glad we skipped that part - it was boring uphill gravel with not much room for cars going by.) We started the loop to the left (clockwise - opposite of Trailforks map) with a lot of single track climbing - nothing insanely steep but we walked a lot of it because my lowest gears were skipping and we’re used to riding in Florida without those kinds of ascents.

Once you get to the fire road close to the middle point of the loop, it’s much more rolling and easy to ride. I actually really enjoyed the fire road despite others saying it’s boring. It’s beautiful and you can get more speed if you’re not comfortable with that yet on tricky single track. Could also focus more on the scenery.

On the far side of the loop (east side, 3/4 way through when traveling clockwise), we jumped on the Bear Creek Cut, which is shown as a black diamond but it wasn’t nearly as steep or tricky as other parts of the trail labeled as blue. That brought us back to the west side of the loop we had ascended earlier, and it was a really nice, fun descent I felt comfortable with as a more beginner rider who hasn’t been on a lot of real “mountains.” More advanced riders were flying down but I could easily control speed and stay slow.

We then got back to the end of the loop and decided we wanted to go back for another half-loop using the Bear Creek Cut. This time we ascented to the right side of the loop (counterclockwise, as shown by Trailforks). I was instantly glad we didn’t descend that side - it was MUCH steeper with switchbacks and way out of my league for descending. (For this reason, I recommend the clockwise loop described above crossing back to the left side at Bear Creek Cut to any beginner riders.) We had to walk nearly the entire ascent, with my low gears out of commission and our legs tired in general.

It evened out more once we got to the fire road, which had one big tree down that was a bit of a puzzle to crawl through with bikes. We then got back on Bear Creek Cut and repeated the same descent, even more fun the second time.

Highly recommended scenic trail for beginner-intermediate riders looking to challenge themselves without the scary drop offs off the side of the trail. Aside from the steep portion of the right/east side of the loop described above, I never felt scared of falling off a mountain side or severely injuring myself, which is my kinda trail! I’m sure it would be great for advanced riders going fast too.
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EricLelandMason (Apr 21, 2020 at 19:00)
Absolutely beautiful scenery! The climbs are not that difficult. The downhill at the end is amazing!
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Warrewp (Apr 19, 2020 at 13:36)
Parked the car at the head of Bear Creek South, road up that first, no big deal it's just a gravel road. I'd recommend riding this one clockwise (opposite direction shown on Trailforks) as the best downhill is at the end when you go CW direction. The Bear Creek Cut is an awesome short cut to cut out the FS road and hit the downhill single track portion at the end when you're going CW. You can get multiple runs in and cut down the round trip mileage. If you do ride it CW, the main FS road that makes up the back portion of the trail reconnects with the single track on your right as you come up and around one of the corners -- we missed it the first time and went a little further down the gravel road till it ended and had to turn back (don't get lost!).
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agoddard (Sep 30, 2019 at 6:12)
Going up, it is is an easy climb, and even boring. But when you come down you will find out why the locals love this trail so much. Speed and fun factor are HIGH. There is a tiny, gnarly trail, Bear Creek Trail 136, at the very top of Bear Creek Spur, but it isn't necessarily worth the yawner climb up the gravel road.
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o0-nr-0o (Jul 11, 2019 at 10:28)
Accurate Elevation is closer to 5600ft
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o0-nr-0o (Aug 5, 2017 at 4:24)
The elevation on this route is really 5400ft of climbing.
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Jaydog33 (Aug 4, 2017 at 12:30)
It was more climbing than the bike shop made it out to be. My 18 year old had trouble at times, but it was a fun ride
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DC981 (Feb 1, 2015 at 16:01)
Trail Windy Gap
Carters Lake DH is better to me. Windy Gap is good, but it is an ORV trail.
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DirtSlayer334 (Oct 21, 2014 at 10:25)
Trail Windy Gap
Totally Agree, Just got to work on getting the ATV and Truck to carry it! Lol
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DC981 (Oct 18, 2014 at 14:35)
Trail Windy Gap
Pull a small trailer with an ATV on it and park at the Windy Gap parking lot. Hook the small trailer up to the ATV and use it to make shuttle runs. Way more fun than taking the road back around. And 8 minutes is a lot better than 45 to shuttle.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    16
More Stats for 2017 Drama Queen mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    856 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,576 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,526 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -55.2%
  • Grade min
    54.5%
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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