North Mountain Trail #443
ElevationAscent: 2,127' 648 m
Descent: -1,766' -538 m
High: 4,443' 1,354 m
Low: 2,585' 788 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“An awesome singletrack off of the tallest mountain in the George Washington National Forest.”— Shenandoah Bicycle
There's a big fire tower at the top of this beautiful mountain with a 360-degree view of Shenandoah Mountain Trail to the west and the Shenandoah Valley to the east.
The section south of Hite Hollow road is seldom traveled and often overgrown and unmarked in many places. The rule of thumb for running south on North mountain, stay on the ridge and keep going.
Runners will usually ascend the West side of Hite Hollow road or set a shuttle at the Hite Hollow intersection and run north on overgrown doubletrack to reach the summit of Elliott's Knob. Shortly before reaching the gravel road that leads to the top of the world, there is the Cold Springs Trail intersection to the West. The trail continues north, below the radio towers at a well-marked intersection with the gravel road. If you've run out of water or need to splash off, fear not. Look for a spring with clean water most months of the year just after you get back on the trail.
The northernmost 6 miles backcountry ridge running are spectacular. Be prepared for some rugged terrain and a fair share of difficult running.
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Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests