The technical and aerobic challenges of this seven-mile loop (over five miles of which is singletrack, the remainder on a lightly graveled road) have a large return. The scenery along the bowl formed by Laurel Ridge to the north is a mountain biker's dream. Open hardwood forests give shady relief on the hottest day, and with the sights and sounds of several creeks splashing down the mountainside, it's easy to take "just one more break."
The steep climb up to Slate Rock Ridge will require a dismount and push, but the view is more than worth it. A series of rollers follows Slate Rock Creek, which quickly grows larger from the small streams pouring into it, down the wet side of Laurel Ridge. In places, ferns blanket the ground with large swatches of green. The sound of Slate Rock Creek builds to a roar after the trail turns south. Large rocks and boulders form the streambed under a nearly uninterrupted cascade of white water, punctuated by two tall, prominent waterfalls.
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