Liberty Mountain

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↑ 10,200 ft
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1,178
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About this trail
This trail system is a true diamond in the rough! With somewhere between 50 and 75 miles of trails, you could ride here for days without riding the same trail twice! There's a variety of difficulty levels present, but most of the trails feature short, steep, rather techy climbs to the tops of a ridge and then a steep descent on the other side, complete with plenty of technical obstacles, berms, jumps, and massive wooden features, I would classify most of these trails as all-mountain and freeride. Be sure to bring an aggressive bike with some suspension, but even if you can't you need to ride here anyway--most of the features can be bypassed. The one downside is the trail signage: while most of the trails do have signs on them, there isn't a good map to help navigate through the maze yet.

Many thanks to Ryan (full-time trail boss) for his awesome work day in and day out on these trails!
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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: Is there a chair lift? -Jeff Barber

A: No there is not

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Granny Gear

November 6, 2016
Dprovo Granny Gear  
 
Review: WOW......this mountain will kick your butt!!! I'm a beginner and I absolutely love all the fears this mountain is helping me conquer!!

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Granny Gear


May 31, 2016
 
Review: My favorite trail system in the area. Peaks View Park is where I get a quick one hour workout/ burn in but Candler's is to be cherished. Lots of wonderful suffering is to be had here, many, many miles of punishment or bliss...you just have to string together a good loop. That said, I'm still searching and find I get punished almost every time I ride, but I love it.
Since I am no expert at Candler's, take my suggested routes with care. I usually park at the sand volleyball courts and do a clockwise loop of the perimeter where you can shorten or extend the loop since there are so many logging roads that climb back to Monogram Road. Or, I park at the Snow Plex and go in at Mike Donahue Trail and make my way to Trail Too Far (fun) then by the lake and from there I usually get lost and somehow find my way back to Lake Trail or Trail Too Far and head back.
I'll figure it out at some point. I will say, they have installed new trail signs so that helps greatly.

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Granny Gear

May 17, 2016
markant Granny Gear  
 
Review: This place is know to the locals as Candlers Mountain. I love riding here it is challenging, fun and has great trail conditions year round. I have been riding here since around 2001. While the University has done a lot to build and mark these trails they have also done plenty plowing down of the forest. Pa Paws trail being the most recent to get mowed down. If your in the area it's worth checking out. It's rocky, rooty, has a few man made features. Not sure how long they will be open to the public heard lots of rumors at the LBS.

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Gnarly

September 9, 2013
mtberik Gnarly  
 
Review: The trails here aren't the best because some parts are really hard and they aren't maintained well.

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Granny Gear

July 24, 2013
svcod2012 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fast Downhill rides, nice views, tricky technical areas, and lots of uphill riding on your way back.

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World Champ


November 20, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Awesome all-mountain/freeride trail system! I wish I lived close enough to ride here on a regular basis. (See the rewritten trail description and upcoming blog post for more information).

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Granny Gear

December 22, 2011
 
Review: Being a student at LU, I spend a lot of time up on Candler Mountain. I've ridden many of the trails and was pleased early on to find that there are some easier trails (damn trails) and tougher ones (horton's loop, rouge trails). The trails are in decent shape, so it always ends up being a good ride....except the leaf problem mentioned below, good luck riding around Fall. Two things to know before heading out here: 1) Many of the trails have some very steep grades, so you'll get a workout and your skills WILL be tested. 2) Signage around the mountain is terrible and the trails are not well marked, plan ahead and be ready for some orienteering. If you're thinking to ride out here, shoot me a messageā€”I'd love to give you some tips and such, maybe we could even ride together. Almost forgot- the trails are really pretty during the spring/summer and there are some killer views of Lynchburg/blue ridge!

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Bunny Hop

November 30, 2010
MakarskiJA Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Leaves put a damper on my ride of these trails causing me to slide around a lot. These trails would be awesome in in the spring or summer though. Plenty of downed trees to go over and several creek crossings along with fun downhills and killer up hill sections depending on which way you ride the trails.

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Granny Gear

March 10, 2010
 
Review: A little bit of everything. Plenty of loops and variety possible once you get to know the system. Made better (safer and more singletrack) by Liberty University's work. Just don't count on the maps telling you much (no terrain info included, rating system not accurate). The outer loop is a good 2-3 hour ride for most, after that, start connecting through the center, trying personal favorites like Psycle Pathe, Split Decision, Lake Trail, A Trail Too Far, Peak to Peak and many of the Rogue trails. Having rode in Moab, out west and in Pisgah and WV, I still say that for a local trail system, Candlers Mountain is something special. Not a full-service trail system, this one is best approached with some local advice. Note that there are allegedly 60+ miles of trail - including the jeep roads. I can ride there for 8-hours with very little back-tracking. check out bigmountainriding.com for more on this trail system.

Similar Trail: Explore Park, Roanoke, VA

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Bunny Hop

March 6, 2010
Shamrocks Bunny Hop  
 
Review: What was once one of the best trail systems in the central VA area is slowly becoming sad to even visit. The construction of Snowplex (year round ski slope at Liberty University) has forced several of the trails to be closed down. The construction has also caused a severe change in water run off desrtroying parts of the trail along the way. It is still an enjoyable ride, especially for people who have never been, but for the people who called this their trail it is sadly getting away from us. Technically sound with trails ranging from beginner to advanced.

Similar Trail: Carvin's Cove (near Roanoke, VA) Last I went there was a $3 a day fee

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Liberty Mountain MTB Trail 4.24 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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Liberty Mountain Trail System: A True Diamond in the Rough
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