Coldwater Mountain

4.65 out of 5
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↑ 3,900 ft
↓ 3,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The first 10 miles of what will hopefully become a 60 mile trail system are now in place and ready for riders. As of the writing of the description, trails currently consist of an easy 1 mile beginners loop and a 9 mile intermediate loop which encircles the mountain and takes full advantage of the terrain and elevation. Think of these current loops as flow trails with elevation. If you crossbred F.A.T.S. and Pisgah, this would be their baby. Trails flow clockwise.

Update 3/5/14: Coldwater Mountain now has 25 miles of trail. IMBA has arrived 3/2014 and plans to add 11 more miles over the next couple months bringing the trail to approximately 35 total miles.
added by GoldenGooseSingletrack May 30, 2012
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (62)

June 1, 2015
Review: Very intense, beautiful

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May 30, 2015
Review: Rented a Trek Slash at Wigs in Anniston ( nice shop), and rode out to the trail, starting on the Anniston Trailhead. Awesome set of trails, truly exceptional for an almost all intermediate mountain. Lots of climbing, lots of well graded decents, some fun features. Drink from the stream and didn't get sick. If your in Phoenix or any where closer it is worth the trip.

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April 6, 2015
Review: Most fun ever on two wheels!!!

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March 22, 2015
Review: Sculpted banked corners and intensely fast flow tracks scattered between mossy rock gardens on what feels a bit like a monstrous mountain pump track.

Well marked and groomed but loose rocks on fast lines can be a hazard on busy days.

Similar Trail: Bent Creek / Green's Lick

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February 14, 2015
Review: Excellent trails. Bomb Dog is best downhill for 3 miles I've been on. Good hard climb for 3 miles to get there with switchbacks and rock garden at top. There is easy stuff too. They are new trails and well kept up. You've got to ride this trail!

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February 12, 2015
Review: This is my favorite place to ride.

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February 5, 2015
Review: What a rush, this place definitely lived up to it's Epic status. I wish I lived closer so that I could ride coldwater more often. The trails were all very well marked and very well laid. I was always having fun, even when I was climbing. The multitude of rocks, roots, trees, jumps and everything else made for a very fun time.

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February 2, 2015
Review: This is a really great trail and compared to trails I ride in VA and NC, the climb to descent payoff was one of the best I've ridden. I rode this system over three days and was very surprised about how dry and well-kept the trail was in the middle of winter. The first day, we started from the Cold Springs trailhead went up Tortoise and also tried the new trail, Bear (which is not on the trail maps yet). Bear was absolutely blast where you could get some killer speed and even a little air if you wanted. After Bear, we went back up Cassady which was a long, but manageable climb and back down Talladega and Trillium. Finally, the Hare descent was really nice with some serious berms and tabletops to keep the blood pumping. The moguls throughout the trail also kept you on your toes. (11.5 mile loop)

The 2nd day, we started from the Anniston trailhead and went up Baby Bear and Momma Bear (we skipped Upper Poppa Bear because we were concerned about time) and up Cassady. Once past Cassady, the Rock Slot provided a little challenge right before the famed Bomb Dog. Bomb Dog is the reason you make the trip to Anniston. This descent is long and a little rocky, but one of the funnest descents I've ever ridden. The top part has several moguls and little rock drops that are very manageable, while the second part is more in the wooded area. There are a few little climbs towards the end, but they felt very worth it after coming from the top of Bomb Dog. (12.6 mile loop)

The 3rd day, we checked out the gravity trails that were at the entrance of the Anniston Trailhead. The green gravity trail was very washed out with loose rocks everywhere. While this trail had potential, it also had the potential of a serious crash if you hit a loose rock or the boulders that they call pine cones in AL. On the other hand, the Blue gravity trails were in much better shape. The berms were enormous and really helped you pick up speed. While you didn't have to pedal on this trail, it helped pick up speed to make for an improved ride.

Overall, this is a great trail system. While there could be some minor improvements on some of the tabletops and moguls, this trail is definitely worth the trip. My brethren in VA, NC, and TN who are used to crazy climbs for some moderate descents will especially love the payoffs on the climbs here at Anniston. In closing, do it!

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February 1, 2015
Review: This is an outstanding trail system. Got to take my new Trek Fuel EX9 X01 for a run down Bomb Dog, got to say it is hard to say which first time in my life was better!

Great place to learn how to user a dropper it!

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January 11, 2015
Review: Great trail love the down hill

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Coldwater Mountain MTB Trail 4.65 out of 5 based on 62 ratings. 62 user reviews.
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