3 miles
Distance
1,461 ft
Climb
-290 ft
Descent
01:27:05
Avg time
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Windy Gap Details

  • Riding Area
    Ellijay
    Ellijay, Georgia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #18619 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This is a multi use trail, but it's far enough out that you don't see a lot of traffic from bikes or ATV's. Trail can be shuttled for a straight 3mi dh, but the shuttle is long (about 45min) from one end to the other. I know there are a few guys that ride up this trail, but they're insane. It is not fun at all uphill, and there are much better options in the area for a XC ride, i.e. Bear Creek, Blankets Creek. If you start at the top there is about a mile of uphill and flat before you hit the good stuff. After that there is a 1 mile section of steep loose single track, very similar to what you would see at Resorts like Beech Mtn and Snowshoe WV. That section runs into a double track wide trail that is groomed and super fast, and all downhill. There are so many jumps here you will loose count. Also some very nice berms. The lower area is definitely designed around dirt bikes, but is still just as much fun on a mountain bike. The groomed section is about 2 miles long and runs directly into the parking lot. NOTE: THIS TRAIL IS A BLUE/BLACK AS A DH TRAIL RATING. IF YOU RIDE XC THAN THIS TRAIL WILL FEEL LIKE A DOUBLE BLACK. The trail also is extremely hard to get to because of it's remoteness. It requires riding National Forrest Dirt roads for at least the last hour. Saying all that it is by far the best dh in the South until you hit Beech Mountain. It is well worth the drive if you have the right skills and equipment to enjoy it.

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More Stats for Windy Gap bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,172 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,031 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,235 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,031 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,202 ft
  • Grade
    8.695%
  • Grade max
    -21.605%
  • Grade min
    35.488%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3,231 ft
  • Distance flat
    70 ft
  • Avg time
    01:27:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:20:12
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Status:
on Apr 2, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.25 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • White
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Windy Gap Trail Reports

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      Apr 2, 2018 @ 4:40pm
      Apr 2, 2018
      windy gap Trail has a few downed trees. Windy Gap is very fun on an XC bike if you have the skills. A lot of people bailed and took the milma...
      Apr 1, 2018 @ 6:44am
      Apr 1, 2018
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      2017 Drama Queen
      34 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag DC981 (Oct 18, 2014 at 14:35)
       Pull a small trailer with an ATV on it and park at the Windy Gap parking lot. Hook the small trailer up to the ATV and use it to make shuttle runs. Way more fun than taking the road back around. And 8 minutes is a lot better than 45 to shuttle.
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      • + 1
      flag DirtSlayer334 (Oct 21, 2014 at 10:25)
       Totally Agree, Just got to work on getting the ATV and Truck to carry it! Lol
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      • + 1
      flag DC981 (Feb 1, 2015 at 16:01)
       Carters Lake DH is better to me. Windy Gap is good, but it is an ORV trail.
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