15 miles
2,196 ft
-2,198 ft
2,408 ft
High Point

This is an age old beginner loop from Galbraith Gap that has some fun sections but omits most of the typical rock gardens of the area.
You start with a slow fire road climb to Shingletown Gap Trail drop down that for 0.5 miles. Look out for a 90 deg left turn at the intersection of Shingletown Gap trail and Sand Spring trail.
Follow Sand spring up the hill until it deposits you on the old fire road, go left and climb that back to Laurel Run rd.
Go through/round the gate and bear right upto the summit of Laurel Run Rd. Turn right again going round the gate climbing the short uphill to the summit of Little Shingletown Trail. Enjoy the fast 0.7mile down hill.
Make a left back onto Sand Spring trail for another short exhilarating down hill across the stream and past the side of the camp back onto Laurel Run Rd.
Left on Laurel Run rd, uphill, right on to Bear Gap rd for the real climb, 2 miles, to turn left onto Gettis Ridge Rd. You now have a short flat run before bearing right at the Y and blasting down Gettis Ridge Rd. Watch the first hairpin.
At the bottom go round the gate and turn left onto Wampler Rd following that out to Bear Meadows Rd. Bear left again and begin the 0.7 mile climb up (you are done after this with significant climbs). Drop down the other side past Bear Meadows natural area and continue straight on Bear Meadows rd where Treaster Kettle and Bear Meadows intersect.
A mile after the intersection of Bear Meadows and Treaster Kettle rds, you will find the enterance to Kettle Trail on the left. Turn in here and this will connect with Lonberger (keeping right) for a fun downhill run back to the car.

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More Stats for NMBA Galbraith Gap Beginner 02 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,333 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,335 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,333 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,367 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Etiquette With Chaz
Trail Etiquette With Chaz
3:40 | 14137 | 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.
Kettle Trail
Kettle Trail
3:20 | 188 | comments: 1 | favs:
Nov 16, 2012
A good steep way to end a long ride

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Black Gum Trail
Dec 7, 2018 @ 3:15pm
Dec 7, 2018
Galbraith Gap Trail
Dec 7, 2018 @ 3:15pm
Dec 7, 2018
Lonberger Path
Sep 1, 2018 @ 10:57am
Sep 1, 2018
Two small trees down reporter
Kettle Trail
Aug 5, 2018 @ 5:10am
Aug 5, 2018
Gettis Ridge Rd
May 21, 2018 @ 6:42pm
May 21, 2018
Tree cleared
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