Elliott Knob

Staunton, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 15 miles west of Staunton. Scenery includes panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley. Elliot Knob is the tallest peak in the George Washington National Forest. It is a heck of a climb, particularly if you make the frontal assault from VA 42 straight up the east side. This is a steep, 2.9-mile, one-way climb that riders do to test their stamina, just to say they did it, and because it's there. As a 5.8-mile out-and-back, the descent is just as challenging as the ascent-although in different ways-and should only be undertaken by riders with a high degree of climbing and downhill abilities. A more manageable alternative is the nine-mile point-to-point from Dry Branch Gap on VA 688, across the North Mountain ridge line past Elliott Hite Hollow Road. This option offers a pretty tough climb on rocky single-track and should be taken by riders in decent shape who can handle technical rock riding.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 15 miles west of Staunton. Scenery includes panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley. Elliot Knob is the tallest peak in the George Washington National Forest. It is a heck of a climb, particularly if you make the frontal assault from VA 42 straight up the east side. This is a steep, 2.9-mile, one-way climb that riders do to test their stamina, just to say they did it, and because it's there.

As a 5.8-mile out-and-back, the descent is just as challenging as the ascent-although in different ways-and should only be undertaken by riders with a high degree of climbing and downhill abilities. A more manageable alternative is the nine-mile point-to-point from Dry Branch Gap on VA 688, across the North Mountain ridge line past Elliott Hite Hollow Road. This option offers a pretty tough climb on rocky single-track and should be taken by riders in decent shape who can handle technical rock riding.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Staunton
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round, except when there is snow and ice. Also use caution during hunting season.
Local Contacts: Deerfield Ranger District, George Washington National Forest 540-885-8028
Local Maps: George Washington National Forest Map of the Deerfield Ranger District; USGS Elliott Knob
Driving Directions: Directions to Elliott Knob

Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2000
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We did this as a loop, with a long climb up to Elliot's knob in the mist and rain, and then a long descent on a ridge trail around the back side of the knob. With the slick rocks I had to walk a great deal of the downhill, and by the time I got back to the intersection of 688 I was too tired to do the real hard section--5 hike a bikes to a downhill. I think we rode about 20 miles anyway, and the ride was the hardest ride I have done in a long while--really fun, though. Saw a rattler in the trail, too. Nice, backcountry challenge, with ledges that are dangerous--don't ride off the mountain!



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