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.
Local Trail Association
Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
Bike typeAM, XC
More Stats for Laurel Classic Long Course mountain bike route
Altitude min1,165 ft
Altitude start1,167 ft
Altitude end1,166 ft
Distance climb11 miles
Distance down9 miles
Distance flat1 miles
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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