Slate Lick Lake

Harrisonburg, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 20 miles Northwest of Harrisonburg. Scenery ranges from lush riparian areas to clear mountaintop vistas. It is very hard to find the first five miles of abandoned double-track from Slate Lick Lake and Gauley Ridge Road that begin this ride. However, as long as you stay in the flat bottomland, you can't go too far off course. The rest of the ride includes some healthy climbing on hard-packed forest roads before you reach the top of Gauley Ridge. But wait for the descent, which seems to keep going and going before emptying onto hard-surface county roads that take you back to the start.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 20 miles Northwest of Harrisonburg. Scenery ranges from lush riparian areas to clear mountaintop vistas. It is very hard to find the first five miles of abandoned double-track from Slate Lick Lake and Gauley Ridge Road that begin this ride.

However, as long as you stay in the flat bottomland, you can't go too far off course. The rest of the ride includes some healthy climbing on hard-packed forest roads before you reach the top of Gauley Ridge. But wait for the descent, which seems to keep going and going before emptying onto hard-surface county roads that take you back to the start.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Harrisonburg
Distance: 19
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round, except when there is snow and ice.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Dry River Ranger District, George Washington National Forest 540-828-2591
Local Maps: George Washington National Forest Map of the Dry River Ranger District; USGS Fulks Run, Rawley Springs and Singers Glen
Driving Directions: Directions to Slate Lick Lake

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