3.8 miles
985 ft
-272 ft
1,391 ft
High Point

What's the best/quickest way up? This is the most asked question at Sugarcamp and we hope this route helps. You can access the start of this route from Reclamation loop, or from the campground connector. As alternative from the campground, you can choose to climb Briar Pit to the Fern Gully entrance instead of Reclamation Loop.

When you get to Burly Man, be sure to take the express routes for the quickest path. They are outlined on the route, but not listed in the included "trails on route" list. These express routes are signed on the trail. When you see the hiking trail connector and stairs to the overlook, you can choose to hike a bike this or proceed on Burly Man. If you proceed, be prepared for some tough switchback climbs. If you take the hike a bike route, enjoy the overlook and then proceed across the bridge back onto Burly Man for the remaining route.

Once to the top of Burly Man, you can proceed to Feathered Indian to access the other side of the mountain, or go to the water tower and the Sugarcamp Mountain Trailhead. There is year round water at the trailhead.

Detailed Description
The Quickest Way Up is a 4 mile popular intermediate route located near Prestonsburg Kentucky. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 985 ft with a max elevation of 1,391 ft then descends -272 ft.
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Trails in Route

Fern Gully4,652 ft
Burly Man1 mile
Trail Connector3,435 ft


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    Mountain Bike
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    Point to Point
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  • Direction
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More Stats for The Quickest Way Up mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    56 min 57 sec
  • Altitude change
    713 ft
  • Altitude min
    678 ft
  • Altitude start
    678 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,391 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    2,382 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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