10.7 miles
1,218 ft
-1,218 ft
1,758 ft
High Point

This is a great beginner loop, despite being essentially out and back it is completely different in the opposite direction on Dutch Alvin, first you climb then relish the flowing downhill.

This loop begins at the Shale Pit off Coopers Gap rd, warms you up with a road climb before swinging off onto Dutch Alvin. Alternatively you could climb the road and enter on the upper entrance to Dutch Alvin. In both cases Dutch Alvin will connect you to Chestnut springs which dumps you out back on Coopers Gap Rd. There is a small typical for this area rock garden just before Coopers Gap Rd, that is about 20 yds long.
Follow Coopers Gap rd to past Kettle Rd where Chicken Peter and Shitaka meet, turn left up Chicken Peter which sends you back towards the Shale Pit and car

This is about a 90+ minute loop for beginners

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Trails in Route

Coopers Gap Rd2.5 miles
Dutch Alvin2.3 miles
Chestnut Spring2,946 ft
Chicken Peter4,127 ft


  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for NMBA Beginner Coopers 01 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,153 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,155 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,155 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4.7 miles
  • Distance down
    4.9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Chicken Peter
Apr 10, 2017 @ 5:20am
Apr 10, 2017
Dutch Alvin
Apr 2, 2017 @ 4:39pm
Apr 2, 2017
Chestnut Spring
Nov 28, 2016 @ 12:34pm
Nov 28, 2016
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