13 miles
2,330 ft
-2,330 ft
2,416 ft
High Point

This is a technical loop the climbs Greenshoot, crosses Bald Knob before dropping Maguire and then climbing to the firetower and dropping New Laurel only to climb 1/2 back up to the fire tower to enjoy Old Laurel before crossing the infamous 3 bridges on your way back to the car.

You get to warm the legs up climbing Laurel Run Rd for ~1.5 miles then veering off on to the technical Green Shoot and its rock gardens and climb up to Bald Knob Ridge Trail. Work your way across Bald Knob Ridge Trail and its variety of rock gardens stopping at the overlook and the down to Maguire Trail. Maguire Trail is fast a flowy but watch there re a few surprise corners on your way down to Lower Trail, which you keep left on and follow out to Laurel Run Rd.
Climb Laurel Run Rd up and over the top taking the left just over the crest on to Little Flat Fire Tower Rd and climb this all the way up to the fire tower. Just as you reach the fire tower the entrance to New Laurel Run Trail will be on your right. Go in here and you have a short flat area before you start descending along the old telephone poles. At a point the trail will turn left and become a series of switch backs through the rock gardens down to Laurel Run Rd.

Make a right and climb back upto Little Flat Fire Tower rd, make a right and continue climbing as before only this time instead of going around the gate make a left on to Old Laurel Run Trail. Prepare for a rock garden bonanza on the fast downhill to the entrance to Three Bridges Trail. Make the right on to Three Bridges Trail and follow this to Lonberger Trail, making the hard left onto the Lonberger Path reroute and down the "yellow brick rd", cross over Laurel Run Rd and continue down Galbraith Gap Trail .

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More Stats for Bald Knob & the Laurels Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,331 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,333 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,333 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,263 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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      Old Laurel
      Old Laurel
      5:20 | 4 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Jan 1, 2019
      Just look at how rocky it is, I guess.
      Trail Etiquette With Chaz
      Trail Etiquette With Chaz
      3:40 | 14223 | comments: 4 | favs: 174
      Oct 11, 2016
      Sometimes it's about what not to do. This is the 2016 submission to the Shoot The Trails film contest from Transition bikes that took first place.
      Wilderness 101
      Wilderness 101
      4:31 | 288 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Apr 8, 2014
      Ready for class? The Wilderness 101 is a trial by fire 101 mile mountain bike race. ALL DAY baby!

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