November 16, 2017
Bear Bottom Loop s a trail segment in the Shannondoah River State Park system, Andy Guest. Once you come from the parking lot, near the river, head to the gravel easy trail, then turn left to begin a quick climb and a really fun, fast, flowy loop. I cannot remember the name of this first trail. Bear Bottom Loop is the next trail you take. It will wind you around and eventually you come out near the visitors center. Add Campsite trail, Allen Mountain, and Point trail to complete your loop and get about 17 miles in, with a good amount of elevation. It is a wide, multi-use trail so it is not technical at all. I gave it an intermediate rating of difficulty due to the climbs and need for a good cardio system to have fun. So if you are already in decent shape but relatively new at mountain biking or just don't a number of log crossings and jumps to ride one day, I highly recommend Andy Guest. This is one of the more beautiful places to ride as well. I always see deer, and maybe turkey. The river is stunning, cool cabins and yurts, very well maintained bridges, restrooms, and roads.