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This is a great loop as much of the singletrack on it doesn't allow mountain bikers, and the road sections are beautiful yet wide enough for mountain bikers to pass easily.
Need to Know
There is a good amount of parking at the starting point. However, I can imagine it being a challenge to find a spot during busy times. If that is the case, you can drive down (southwest) further to the developed parking lot and hope for more parking there.
There are a lot of very gentle sections on this run. There are also some steep/root-y/rocky sections, particularly in the beginning.
This loop starts where Hard Times Road
and the MST connect. I went clockwise. This requires a steep climb right away. If you prefer to get your climbing in after a warm up, take this loop counter-clockwise.
Follow the MST for about 2 miles until you get to a proper paved parking area on the BRP ("Sleepy Gap"). At that point, take a right onto Sleepy Gap Trail
, which will end at the Explorer Loop #337
. Hang a left onto this loop and follow around clockwise to the Pine Tree Loop #336
, which you'll take to the right.
Follow until you can take a right onto the Deerfield Loop #335
. Use the Deerfield Connector
to get to Small Creek Trail
, where you'll finally take a left. This will follow a (yes) "small creek" to Lake Powahatan, where you'll take a right to follow Homestead Trail #333
to Hard Times Road
. Take a right and follow this gravel road up a gentle incline back to the MST.
If you want to add some mileage, you can stay on Hard Times Road
past the starting point until it connects back with the MST/Shut-in Trail near the parking for the arboretum.
Shared By: Jason Doedderlein