Bull / Jake Mountain

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Intermediate
30
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,500 ft
↓ 3,700 ft
1,752
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The Bull / Jake Mountain system is full of single track and there is plenty of fast downhill throughout. The scenery is great, too. Mountain laurel makes tunnels over parts of the trail and there are creek crossings and waterfalls. The trails are basically split 30% primative road, 30% doubletrack, 40% singletrack. This area can be confusing so be sure to bring a map! Plenty of forest road intersections and bail out points.

Total climb for the entire network is about 3,000 feet, though there are several loops you can make with as little as a few hundred feet of climbing each.

Update 7/11/13 by mtbgreg1:

Some people have mixed feelings about the Bull/Jake Mountain trail system, one thing is certain: this trail system is one of the premiere mountain bike destinations in North Georgia. Sure, there are better trails in North Georgia, but there are definitely worse trails, too. If you're looking for riding in the Dahlonega/Dawsonville/Helen area, this is undoubtedly the place to go.

The trails have changed significantly in the past couple of years, and they will continue to change. The US Forest Service has been rerouting many of the trails that were built unsustainably. Again, these reroutes aren't without their detractors (as the new trails are very buff and smooth), but in general the riding in the Bull Mountain area is now the best it has ever been. And with new trails proposed in the coming years, the riding here stands to get even better.

Right now, the trail system can be split into two different halves. The Jake Mountain side of the system (which includes trails such as Jake Mountain, Black Branch, No Tell, Turner Creek and Moss Creek) is, on average, flatter and smoother than the Bull Mountain side of the trail system. If you're not from the mountains, don't let that fool you, though. Despite being flatter than the Bull Mountain side, nothing out here qualifies as "flat": you can still easily climb a couple thousand feet in less than 20 miles.

On the Bull Mountain side of the trail system, the trails on average are steeper, with longer climbs, and are rougher and more technical. The Bull Mountain, Whoops, and Lance Creek trails comprise this half of the system, and the Jake-to-Bull connector and Jones Creek Ridge trails function as the links between the two halves. Consequently, Jones Creek Ridge and Jake-to-Bull have more climbing than the Jake side, but are smoother than the Bull side.

Without a doubt, the full Bull Mountain loop is the main challenge, with long, steep climbs, fast descents, and some decent rocks to keep things interesting. The Bare Hare trail at the top of the Bull Mountain loop also reaches the highest elevation of any of the mountain bike-legal singletrack trails in the area, providing some pretty cool mountain riding.

When you come up here, be warned: this is one of the most popular equestrian trail systems in North Georgia, so be prepared to yield the trail to horses. But don't let that deter you from experiencing the awesome mountain biking!

For a loop route with the most singletrack riding and the least gravel road, and absolutely NO backtracking, be sure to check out the map for the Dirty Thirty recommended route.
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Where can I get a map of these trails? -Guest

A: Simply click on the "Topo Map" button at the top of this page. Alternatively, check out National Geographic map #777... however, with the recent reroutes, that Nat Geo map is a bit out of date.

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System Trails (14)
System Trails (14)
Jones Creek Ridge Trail
Jake Mountain Trails
Black Branch
Turner Creek Trail
Jake to Bull Mountain Connecter
No Tell Trail
Moss Creek
Lance Creek / 223a / Fdr-77a / West Jones Creek
Whoop-de-dos / #223c
Bull Mountain Cutoff / Fdr-83 / 223d
Bare Hare / 223b / Saddle Back
Bull Mountain / 223
28a / 223k
Black Branch Connector
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Bunny Hop

May 19, 2016
ktx Bunny Hop  
 
Review: wow - the warning about encountering horses (in the trail description) was spot on, especially now, since it's been so nice and cool, there are LOTS of horses out. Some trail sections are blazing fast so you have to be SUPER Careful to be sure you don't spook a horse, especially on blind corners.

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Gramcounter

March 18, 2016
LeighS68 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Absolutely worth the time to go and ride. Love this trail system. The signage could be a little clearer, thank goodness for my Garmin 810. Great way to spend a Friday

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Doubletrack


March 17, 2016
 
Review: One of the most iconic areas to ride in north Georgia! The Jake side is flowier with fewer long climbs than the Bull Mountain loop. However, all the climbs here are steep! Even the short ones are tough. The trail markings out here aren't the best, so bring a map and extra water.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti

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Gramcounter


February 29, 2016
cc2012 Gramcounter  
 
Review: There is a ton of great terrain here. Limitless loop combos. Rode 2/28/16 Jake Mt down to Jones Creek and connected to Moss back to Jake Parking area. Excellent, flowy, fun. My 11 yr old handled it well, so certainly something for everyone. Note: Jones Creek was about 3' deep so you WILL get wet. There is no way to avoid it. But given the 65 degree Feb day, wading across just added to the day.

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Gramcounter

January 8, 2016
 
Review: Loved the trail, first time out we did the red trail. Tons of climbing, great exercise and awesome rewards on the downhill. The second time out I was flying solo, hit the orange trail. Loved ed it as well but had two river crossings. The second one is past knee deep and was flowing with all the rainfall we had. None the less, I will be frequently visiting these incredible trails.

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Granny Gear

December 8, 2015
 
Review: I am local to these trails but have only ridden them a few times. I tried a new loop today (orange loop), and was greatly impressed. The trail seemed to be in good shape and had lots of fun flowing single track. Great little 10 mile loop, just watch the horse crap!

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Bunny Hop

November 22, 2015
dheslep Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Overall, these trails are very good for some quality climbing and flowing single track with a few fire roads required to piece it all together. We started by climbiing out of the Bull lot up Bull Mtn and took saddle back around the north side to catch the north end of Jake. Rode the Jake trail back and rode the connector trail twice to make 30 miles out of it.

Fall conditions were good. The bull side has lots of rocks and slow leaf covered climbs. Jake side was much more enjoyable. You can make 30 miles out of the two trails.

Great North Georgia trails. Soil conditions were perfect with very few wet spots. We hauled our bikes over the large creek on the Jake side. Its about 50 yards north of the stream crossing.

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Granny Gear

September 8, 2015
mattlax20 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great, besides the horses and horses#t. Killer uphills and corresponding downhills. 2 creek crossings (1ft deep and 3ft deep respectively). Overall smooth and flowy with some fire road crossings. On average you can piece together a few different 10-14mile loops without overlapping too much. Or if you're freakishly in shape, you could do close to 30 miles by combining both Bull and Jake mountain. The markings aren't really by name like they are listed on this site. Each trail is marked by color. I rode the orange, blue and yellow loops. There are coded maps by each parking area which were really easy to find. I would overpack on calories, water, and tools as it would suck to end up 10 miles away from your car with a flat or broken chain! Overall I loved it...definitely a must ride if you're in the area.

Similar Trail: Dupont State Park

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June 3, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Anyone been there the last week or so? What are the trail conditions with the rain we have been having?

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Bunny Hop

May 26, 2015
 
Review: Awesome trails. Some serious hills, overall great place, take lots of water and a snack. You can easily spend hours out there.

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Bull / Jake Mountain MTB Trail 4.28 out of 5 based on 65 ratings. 65 user reviews.
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