Flagpole

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Flagpole

Flagpole Professional Review and Guide

"This ride is one of the state's all-time greats. Its only drawback, perhaps, is the daunting 7.5-mile climb in the first 7.5 miles of the ride- not much of a warm-up. Of course, this can be avoided if you make it into a shuttle ride, leaving one car at Briery Branch Dam and taking another car up to the intersection at Briery Branch Gap.

You can then start your ride much closer to the top and avoid the bulk of the brutal ascent up Virginia 924. Trail Surface: Mountainous singletrack, gravel forest roads, and pavement."

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8/1/2008
This was one of the best rides. The first time I tried the flagpole trail
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11/19/2007
Awesome downhill when you reach Flagpole, but 7 miles upill of asphalt!!!! too much for me...
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10/1/2007
This trail was a blast! There is a lot of climbing but it is mostly on roads and pretty easy. The downhill trial was one of the best trials that I have ever ridden. The trail had great views and perfect mix of technical and fast riding. Worth driving to, I will be coming back for sure!
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11/10/2000
Ok, we did the shuttle thing. We parked one car at the Hone Quarry campground, and the other at the Briery Gap intersection. The ride to flagpole from there is a good warmup. Then you have to look for the big tank traps and run up to the top of the biggest one (be careful about trying to launch it--it could send you into the trees above!). ANyhow, the place where you duck into the downhill is about 1000 yds down this rocky road on the right hand side. It drops straight down at first, so it's kinda hard to find. But it is such a great downhill! I did it in 17 minutes racing on a hardtail---so really, it's just a quick jaunt (the fast guys did it in 9mins). It clings to a ledge, then goes a little bit upward, but then it smooths out and drops soooo fast, levels out, and drops again. Makes you wonder how this trail ever got made--what kind of vehicle can negotiate such steep trails? A mountain bike, of course. Have a ball.
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Trail Information

Harrisonburg
Nearby City
17.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Difficult
Physical Difficulty
3 hours
Duration
Open year-round, weather permitting, but best from April through November.
Season
2,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,200 feet
Top Elevation
Lee Ranger District, George Washington National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Briery Branch and Brandywine, WV, VA
Local Maps