12.6 miles
Distance
1,875 ft
Climb
-1,877 ft
Descent
2,191 ft
High Point

first 3.5 miles is the most challenging, with a double black descent down Gauntlet. After that it's mostly rolling miles on intermediate trails. A solid 12+ mile burn with lots of variety

Detailed Description
Carvin's Sampler is a 13 mile less popular expert route located near Roanoke Virginia. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 16 trails. This route climbs 1,875 ft with a max elevation of 2,191 ft then descends -1,877 ft.
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46 Reviews & Comments

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appalachianmtbr (Sep 17, 2022 at 13:27)
Ton of fun. The trail sign has it as a double black. Definitely not. The first bit is a blue square, then the gnarly descent is a black and the rest after is blue again.
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appalachianmtbr (Sep 17, 2022 at 13:27)
Ton of fun. The trail sign has it as a double black. Definitely not. The first bit is a blue square, then the gnarly descent is a black and the rest after is blue again.
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appalachianmtbr (Sep 5, 2022 at 19:31)
Decent fire road. Gets steep and loose towards the end.
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appalachianmtbr (Sep 5, 2022 at 19:31)
Decent fire road. Gets steep and loose towards the end.
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appalachianmtbr (Sep 5, 2022 at 19:31)
Decent fire road. Gets steep and loose towards the end.
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appalachianmtbr (Sep 5, 2022 at 19:31)
Decent fire road. Gets steep and loose towards the end.
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bmaddock13 (Sep 4, 2022 at 16:43)
Nice swimming spot off this trail
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adamstraus (Aug 13, 2022 at 21:53)
Trail The Gauntlet
Trailforks calls this blue, signpost calls it double black, I’d call it a solid single black. Trailforks description is wrong - it’s describing OG jump line. This trail is fast and chunky, and easily in the top 5 most fun trails I’ve ever ridden.
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adamstraus (Aug 13, 2022 at 21:53)
Trail The Gauntlet
Trailforks calls this blue, signpost calls it double black, I’d call it a solid single black. Trailforks description is wrong - it’s describing OG jump line. This trail is fast and chunky, and easily in the top 5 most fun trails I’ve ever ridden.
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Ivy-likes-trees (Apr 17, 2022 at 10:55)
Trail The Gauntlet
Don't ride this after eating only a few Krispy Kreme donuts.
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Ivy-likes-trees (Apr 17, 2022 at 10:55)
Trail The Gauntlet
Don't ride this after eating only a few Krispy Kreme donuts.
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DolanBike (Jul 15, 2021 at 18:04)
Trail 4 Gorge
Great warmup trail or kids ride!
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:22)
Another very fast downhill so much fun!!! On flat area, many river cross maybe tricky after a big rain.
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:22)
Another very fast downhill so much fun!!! On flat area, many river cross maybe tricky after a big rain.
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:18)
It look like a old fire road not very well maintained very step by section.
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:18)
It look like a old fire road not very well maintained very step by section.
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:18)
It look like a old fire road not very well maintained very step by section.
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:18)
It look like a old fire road not very well maintained very step by section.
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:15)
Trail 4 Gorge
Fun both way
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:15)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Strong not recommended to climb it due to the very fast downhill. So fast and fun downhill !!!!
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:15)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Strong not recommended to climb it due to the very fast downhill. So fast and fun downhill !!!!
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:15)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Strong not recommended to climb it due to the very fast downhill. So fast and fun downhill !!!!
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:15)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Strong not recommended to climb it due to the very fast downhill. So fast and fun downhill !!!!
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:15)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Strong not recommended to climb it due to the very fast downhill. So fast and fun downhill !!!!
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Kahlibf (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:54)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Look, I'm a knuckle head and overlooked the obvious graph showing the direction of the elevation on Hi-Dee-Ho, but on the other hand, Trail Forks most certainly has the arrows pointing the WRONG direction on the map. So imagine being a guy that apparently can't read a topographical map, and only looking at the arrow. That poor sap had to walk his bike up the Hi-Dee-Ho trail for about 90% of the time.
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Kahlibf (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:54)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Look, I'm a knuckle head and overlooked the obvious graph showing the direction of the elevation on Hi-Dee-Ho, but on the other hand, Trail Forks most certainly has the arrows pointing the WRONG direction on the map. So imagine being a guy that apparently can't read a topographical map, and only looking at the arrow. That poor sap had to walk his bike up the Hi-Dee-Ho trail for about 90% of the time.
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Kahlibf (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:54)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Look, I'm a knuckle head and overlooked the obvious graph showing the direction of the elevation on Hi-Dee-Ho, but on the other hand, Trail Forks most certainly has the arrows pointing the WRONG direction on the map. So imagine being a guy that apparently can't read a topographical map, and only looking at the arrow. That poor sap had to walk his bike up the Hi-Dee-Ho trail for about 90% of the time.
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Kahlibf (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:54)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Look, I'm a knuckle head and overlooked the obvious graph showing the direction of the elevation on Hi-Dee-Ho, but on the other hand, Trail Forks most certainly has the arrows pointing the WRONG direction on the map. So imagine being a guy that apparently can't read a topographical map, and only looking at the arrow. That poor sap had to walk his bike up the Hi-Dee-Ho trail for about 90% of the time.
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Kahlibf (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:54)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Look, I'm a knuckle head and overlooked the obvious graph showing the direction of the elevation on Hi-Dee-Ho, but on the other hand, Trail Forks most certainly has the arrows pointing the WRONG direction on the map. So imagine being a guy that apparently can't read a topographical map, and only looking at the arrow. That poor sap had to walk his bike up the Hi-Dee-Ho trail for about 90% of the time.
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eangel1023 (Mar 17, 2021 at 19:47)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
A lot of riders use Hi-de-ho to get up to the top rather than use the fire road.
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eangel1023 (Mar 17, 2021 at 19:47)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
A lot of riders use Hi-de-ho to get up to the top rather than use the fire road.
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eangel1023 (Mar 17, 2021 at 19:47)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
A lot of riders use Hi-de-ho to get up to the top rather than use the fire road.
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eangel1023 (Mar 17, 2021 at 19:47)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
A lot of riders use Hi-de-ho to get up to the top rather than use the fire road.
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eangel1023 (Mar 17, 2021 at 19:47)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
A lot of riders use Hi-de-ho to get up to the top rather than use the fire road.
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MrkTrussell (Jan 5, 2021 at 10:59)
Trail The Gauntlet
Love this one.
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MrkTrussell (Jan 5, 2021 at 10:59)
Trail The Gauntlet
Love this one.
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D91mart (Aug 2, 2020 at 14:36)
Trail The Gauntlet
Description is wrong it’s a double black enduro downhill trail. This is not a machine built jump trail The Trail OG is the machine built jump trail. That being said this trail is awesome it’s super fast and long one of my favorite trails
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D91mart (Aug 2, 2020 at 14:36)
Trail The Gauntlet
Description is wrong it’s a double black enduro downhill trail. This is not a machine built jump trail The Trail OG is the machine built jump trail. That being said this trail is awesome it’s super fast and long one of my favorite trails
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MrkTrussell (Jan 5, 2021 at 11:01)
Trail The Gauntlet
It's not a "double black enduro downhill trail". The IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating System puts it at a blue square
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MrkTrussell (Jan 5, 2021 at 11:01)
Trail The Gauntlet
It's not a "double black enduro downhill trail". The IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating System puts it at a blue square
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eangel1023 (Jan 19, 2021 at 17:11)
Trail The Gauntlet
Always thought it was a single black. It might have been a blue in the 90s but erosion has made the trail a lot more gnarly with more exposed roots.
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eangel1023 (Jan 19, 2021 at 17:11)
Trail The Gauntlet
Always thought it was a single black. It might have been a blue in the 90s but erosion has made the trail a lot more gnarly with more exposed roots.
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Mskransz NTN (Jan 8, 2019 at 4:38)
Trail The Gauntlet
Such a rad section of singletrack, I highly recommend! Wheels will leave the ground.
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Mskransz NTN (Jan 8, 2019 at 4:38)
Trail The Gauntlet
Such a rad section of singletrack, I highly recommend! Wheels will leave the ground.
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XTREME86 (May 18, 2017 at 15:28)
Trail The Gauntlet
Drive
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XTREME86 (May 18, 2017 at 15:28)
Trail The Gauntlet
Drive
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    54
More Stats for Carvin's Sampler mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,179 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,283 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,283 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -59.5%
  • Grade min
    40.3%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,710 ft
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