5 miles
Distance
1,404 ft
Climb
-1,399 ft
Descent
2,090 ft
High Point

You are responsible for your own safety. Always check your route prior to riding, look before you leap, and ride within your limits.

For this Sovereign Cycle group ride we're heading up the Apex trail (instead of the road) to the upper lookout. From there we'll pedal over to the care taker's cabin and loop the Balsom Root Bluff trail, down over to Simpson to hit a few jampz, and then get dizzy on berms all the way back to the parking lot.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for SVRN Grouper Knox.Apex>Balsom>Simpson>Shale mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,155 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,155 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,160 ft
  • Grade
    0.019%
  • Grade max
    -33.679%
  • Grade min
    38.768%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,838 ft
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      Trail transparency
      Knox Mountain GoPro POV - Shale Trail
      Knox Mountain GoPro POV - Shale Trail
      1:36 | 305 | comments: 0 | favs: 2
      Apr 18, 2019
      Watch Shelby Miller as he follows Matt Demelo down the upper portion of the Shale Trail at Knox Mountain in this short GoPro POV video.
      MTBco 2019 Knox Mountain Trail Day #1 (Apr 6,...
      MTBco 2019 Knox Mountain Trail Day #1 (Apr 6, 2019)
      2:10 | 14 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Apr 8, 2019
      Great turnout! Everyone worked hard, had a good time, and the trails (Lower Apex, Shale and Simpson) are now in great shape. Enjoy!...
      MTBco First Ever Knox Mountain Trail Day (Nov...
      MTBco First Ever Knox Mountain Trail Day (Nov 11, 2018)
      trail: Simpson
      1:28 | 12 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Apr 8, 2019
      Here's a short glimpse of what the First Ever MTBco Knox Mountain Trail Day was like... a productive, satisfying and fun day for everyone. And...

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      statustraildateconditiondescription
      Shale Trail
      Apr 21, 2019 @ 12:09am
      Apr 21, 2019
      Simpson
      Apr 17, 2019 @ 11:04am
      Apr 17, 2019
      Lower Apex Trail Access
      Apr 7, 2019 @ 9:44am
      Apr 7, 2019
      Perfect conditions
      Balsom Root Bluff Trail
      Apr 2, 2019 @ 5:13pm
      Apr 2, 2019
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