43 miles
Distance
6,618 ft
Climb
-6,722 ft
Descent
4,505 ft
High Point

This route, designated an IMBA EPIC, is a challenging backcountry ride on the Monongahela National Forest that winds through the Tea Creek Trail System. The route begins with a climb up Mine Rd (CR 219/1) to Tea Creek Trail, passes the shelter, tthen crosses over on Gauley-Tea Creek Connector to Gauley Mountain Trail. There ride then gets challenging with a turn onto Red Run, a climb up Right Fork Tea Creek Trail and all the way to the top of Tea Creek Mountain Trail. Past the rock garden is a long downhill. There is a new bridge on Williams River Trail to get across Tea Creek. At Tea Creek Campground there is a chance to stop to refill on water before passing the campsites to get to Bannock Shoals Trail. There is a climb up Saddle Loop Trail, then Turkey Point Trail over to Boundary Trail. Then, Bear Pen Ridge Trail connects back to Gauley Mountain Trail. There is doubletrack again on Mine Road up to Props Run. The ride ends with a descent on Props Run down to the Elk River Inn and Restaurant.

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  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
More Stats for Gauley Headwaters EPIC mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -104 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,701 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,816 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,712 ft
  • Grade
    -0.046%
  • Grade max
    -54.572%
  • Grade min
    27.744%
  • Distance climb
    22 miles
  • Distance down
    20 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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      Trail transparency
      NAYTUR
      NAYTUR
      4:57 | 102 | comments: 2 | favs: 2
      Oct 4, 2018
      @elepizzle riding at Turkey Point just in time for Turkey Day 2018.
      Aston Hill - Red Run
      Aston Hill - Red Run
      2:12 | 654 | comments: 0 | favs: 0
      Sep 23, 2014
      Red Run @ Aston Hill Should have a Day At Chicksands Edit up next, Along with Surface to Air and Root Canal Footage....

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Props Run
      Oct 3, 2019 @ 3:01pm
      Oct 3, 2019
      trail cleared by Forest Service reporter
      Tea Creek Mountain Trail
      Sep 9, 2019 @ 8:04am
      Sep 9, 2019
      I would not consider this a double black, it is a black but not a double black IMO. It has a fun rock garden at the time to pedal through and it mostly flat there. Then variable downhill that is somewhat rocky and rooty then a downhill on the side slope of the mountain that can be fast.
      Gauley Mountain Trail
      Sep 6, 2019 @ 6:55am
      Sep 6, 2019
      Gauley-Tea Creek Connector
      Sep 6, 2019 @ 6:55am
      Sep 6, 2019
      Bannock Shoals
      Sep 6, 2019 @ 6:55am
      Sep 6, 2019
      Constant light mud on the climb, it really slows you down.
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