Mountain Lake Challenge

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Mountain Lake Challenge

Mountain Lake Challenge Professional Review and Guide

"Don’t let the mileage for this ride fool you. This Mountain Lake ride is a challenge. In fact, Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong used this very same climb to establish a strong lead in the 1996 Tour Dupont. This challenge, designed for the strong cyclist, offers a pleasant warm-up as the route follows Spruce Run on its way down to the New River.

If you’re not warmed up by this point, you’ll surely be in the next 10 miles as you climb more than 3,200 feet up Salt Pond Mountain. You have a chance to rest those aching legs on top at beautiful Mountain Lake Resort. Overlooking one of only two natural lakes in Virginia, this charming resort built from native stone is popular as the site of the movie Dirty Dancing. It’s unlikely, however, that after this climb you will be doing any dancing, dirty or otherwise. Terrain: Extremely challenging ascent. Technical descents. Several easy, relaxing stretches."

Mountain Lake Challenge Reviews

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This is a very good ride with great roads and very little traffic. The climb is at least as hard as described; I was in my lowest gear 39X29 at 4 mph. The scenery is spectacular and the burgers at the top of the mountain are pretty good too.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round; best spring and fall
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,000 feet
Top Elevation
Blacksburg Regional Visitor Center
Local Contacts
DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps