6 miles
1,148 ft
-1,148 ft
Avg time

Loop 3 Details

  • Riding area
    Springfield, Virginia
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    A-Frame, Berm, Bridge, Drop, Jump, Log Ride, Rock Garden, Skinny
  • Global Ranking

This is the hardest of the loops at Fountainhead. The trail is mostly more of a harder blue with several obstacles that really earn the black diamond rating. The start doesn't hold back with a hard rock climb from the blue trail. From there it eases off for a while. You'll have real fun flowy sections with short climbs and man-made rock gardens thrown in for good measure.
Later in the trail is when it starts to get real. I think it was around mile marker 6, that the drops start. While some of them are small and could be done by most intermediate riders, they get bigger as they go. I think the biggest is about a 6 foot vertical drop. So if you don't feel confident on medium/large drops, you'll want to scope them first. If you are comfortable, then most are pretty mellow, however one has a short landing that took me by surprise. So don't just bomb off them.
After the drop section there's a few more gnar parts, including one pretty rowdy rock garden. When you hit the little A-frame wooden features, you're coming up to it. Just know, it's going to get rocky and chunky.
The end of the trail has an easy and harder route, with the harder ending in a fun and wild decent with rocks and drops everywhere.
If you're an intermediate looking for some harder terrain, give this a go. You can easily go around the hard sections and the rest of the trail is pretty much a blue. Just keep in mind the full loop is around 12 miles.

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More Stats for Loop 3 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    125 ft
  • Altitude max
    265 ft
  • Altitude start
    125 ft
  • Altitude end
    125 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,943 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 28, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 4.85 (6 votes)

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Loop 3 Trail Reports

Oct 28, 2017 @ 9:36am
Oct 28, 2017
Jul 20, 2017 @ 2:11am
Jul 20, 2017
Tree across trail to detour around.
May 29, 2017 @ 12:35pm
May 29, 2017
Accord to MORE Website
Apr 9, 2017 @ 1:50pm
Apr 9, 2017
A little muddy in the low areas and there are a couple downed trees on the path. Overall still a great ride and tons of fun.
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