Bull / Jake Mountain

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.34 out of 5
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Intermediate
30.0
miles

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

Loop
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.
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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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Gramcounter


June 4, 2018
CaribMtb Gramcounter  
 
Review: Bull/Jake Mtn fast becoming my favorite place to ride in North Georgia. Apart from great variety of trails, with a good mix of uphill & downhill, the fact that you can create loops ranging from 10miles, 15miles, 20 miles & 30miles or even switch it up mid ride if you are running low on energy, makes this area unique. Most destinations are set loops or out & back. Cell phone reception is not good, so ride in a group or if alone, let someone know your route & estimated arrival time. I also carry basic tools & spare parts, since you can be as far as 15 miles away from your car......no fun in hiking your bike out !

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Gramcounter


April 29, 2018
CaribMtb Gramcounter  
 
Review: Downloaded the gps file & printed a map. Easy to take wrong turns without it. The trail was sweet. Anti clockwise is certainly more fun. Guessing 65% down 35% uphill when done in this direction. Parked in Bull Mtn carpark as trail ends closer than Jake Mtn carpark, but either carpark is ok as the trail passes behind Jake carpark. Highly recommend this 30 mile loop

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Granny Gear


April 8, 2018
Bill Perez Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail, it was barely muddy after heavy rains last night. Will do again.

Similar Trail: N/A

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Gramcounter


December 30, 2017
Renegade33 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Was able to get back out today with some equipment and clear the access to Bull Mtn parking lot for passenger vehicles.

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Gramcounter


December 26, 2017
Renegade33 Gramcounter  
 
Review: The Parking lot access is currently blocked for passenger vehicles. OK for 4x4. I hope to get out there next Monday the 1st of Jan with a chain saw. Most others roads, 77A, 28 & the 9 mile loop at CFM are clear.

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Gnarly


October 15, 2017
 
Review: As of today, October 14th all trees on Jake Mountain are removed and cleared out of the way. Other than the normal horse crap from the horses the trail is in magnificent shape. Jones Creek is up quite a bit I suppose from all the rain falls we've had lately.

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Granny Gear

October 2, 2017
Dash Granny Gear  
 
Review: Ride Jake Mtn on October 1 and conditions were dry. Unfortunately there are several large scarlet oak trees down across the trail, due to hurricane. USFS and volunteers are doing a great job of clearing fallen debris and smaller trees, kudos to them!

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Gramcounter

July 24, 2017
 
Review: Fun trail network with lots of miles and elevation. Tried to do the IMBA loop but made a wrong turn, wound up doing about 28 miles and about 4000 feet of climbing. Jake side is mostly smooth and flowy. Bull side has some great technical, fast descents , but is rugged as hell and the climbs are tough. Take a good map and the signs are good enough, though a few are easy to miss.

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Granny Gear

June 5, 2017
troutin Granny Gear  
 
Review: Such a fun place to ride! There are long climbs/descents (esp on Bull), fun flowy sections, and enough to ride to keep you out there for hours. The local SORBA volunteers have done an absolutely amazing job keeping the trails in top shape. As the other reviews mention, its best to have a map and watch out for horses. Most of the time you can see the horses and have time to move off the trail, but be aware they are out there. If you park on the Jake side, i think it's best to take the first right (maybe 50 yards) and start out with a fun downhill. It drops out with a creek crossing where your gonna get wet...no way around it, so it might not be the best option in colder weather. The bull side is a lot of climbing rewarded by a looooong descent. Killer views either way you go. Definitely my favorite place to ride in GA.

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Gnarly


May 20, 2017
 
Review: I suppose this trail belongs somehow to a SORBA somewhere as part of the National Forest so keeping that in mind. This trail really only needs much better signage. It makes it difficult to ride and stop every 1-2 miles just to make sure you haven't made a wrong turn. IMO, there's no better trails that have the awesome long flows as this trail. Some seem they wil never end which makes it that much funner. It's not without its challenging climbs but the descents make it all worthwhile. I do recommend if you're gonna ride on a weekend you better get there early as the parking is quite small and gets packed quick. Bring plenty of water and a snack as you're gonna need it!

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Bull / Jake Mountain MTB Trail 4.34 out of 5 based on 79 ratings. 79 user reviews.
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