Coldwater Mountain

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Intermediate
30
miles

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↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
889
elevation (ft)

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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.
-RemedyRider
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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: would this be a good place for a begginer to come ride? -Guest

A: It's definitely a good place to start. The Baby Bear and Mama Bear trails are a fairly easy beginners trail. As you get better, there are some great challenges further up the mountain!

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Q: I am planning a trip through the South later this year. If I could only ride one, which trail system should I ride and why -- Oak Mountain or Coldwater Mountain? -mongwolf

A: My vote would be coldwater. Both locations are excellent, but coldwater is pretty unique to the state in that you'll probably (depending on what trails you do) climb for about 4-5 miles followed by 4-5 miles of descending. Bomb dog loop is a must do. It is pretty chossy, so be sure to bring a spare tube.

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Trailblazer

February 27, 2017
 
Review: What a set of trails. Now, Coldwater Mountain isn't perfect, but there's a lot of good stuff here. You start out on what is, in my opinion, the worst section of trail, Baby Bear. The clay is very bumpy and there are loads of small rocks as well. It feels like you're being rattled to death. Don't let that stop you, though, as things get better. I rode Talladega and it offers some solid technical riding. I also rode Trillium and the first section (if I'm remembering correctly) was amazing. It was like the rollers of FATS but on steroids. From here on out it was a mix of good to great trails. Hare is an awesome downhill trail that goes to the Anniston trailhead. You do have to ride back up, but I didn't find the uphill to be too bad. Oval Office is pretty cool, but the rocks do detract a bit from it. Still very much worth doing. I came back on Chilowhee and it had some pretty good sections. I could see it being pretty good going the other way as well. Bomb Dog was pretty sweet. It does get rocky at times, but it's a lot of fun. I did end up crashing on it which dampened the fun a bit, but nonetheless it was great. I drove 2 hours to get here and it was definitely worth it.

Similar Trail: FATS (which is much tamer), Oak Mountain

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Epic


February 16, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: Here are few helpful links for those new to the trails like me. Hoping to ride CWM this coming November. http://www.mobilemaplets.com/showplace/12989 http://www.mobilemaplets.com/thumbnails/18960_thumbnail-1024.jpg http://neaba.net/coldwater-mountain.html http://neaba.net/assets/mapanddirectionscwm_20oct.pdf

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Granny Gear

January 25, 2017
 
Review: so much fun! Not very beginner friendly though

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Gramcounter


December 28, 2016
Caspr Gramcounter  
 
Review: On our first ride in Anniston we rode Bomb Dog. I believe it was about 4 miles of uphill to the top, just be prepared. The down was epic, however the trail needed some maintenance, especially the berms. Overall it was really fun. We passed a couple of beginners on the way who had a very hard time and walked most of the trail. So if your new to biking be warned. Our second ride was up the other side of the mountain where we rode trillium to hare down. It was another epic downhill with berms and jumps. Overall Anniston is great fun. Just be prepared to climb.

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Granny Gear

December 14, 2016
 
Review: Awesome group of trails. Long uphills followed by long downhills. Some of the best the south has to offer.

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Bunny Hop

October 12, 2016
Sboehm Bunny Hop  
 
Review: A fire near the trail head at the top of the mountain forced us to start at the lower trailhead. This trail must be what childbirth is like. Right off the bat you have a three mile climb ... The trail was rough and hard to negotiate, I was thinking, "what a mistake"! And then I made the turn and started back down ...woohoo! I completely forgot about the pain going up. This was the most fun that I've ever had on a bike! Can't wait to go back.

Similar Trail: Oak Mountain

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Trailblazer


October 3, 2016
mpeagan Trailblazer  
 
Review: First time at Coldwater. Signage was a bit lacking, but I see new posts are being placed which should alleviate confusion. Trials are great, lots of fun, and offer challenges.

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Bunny Hop


August 26, 2016
rtrybka Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Had about an hour and a half to ride. Rode Baby Bear and Momma Bear. Varied terrain, a few rock spots here and there. Had a very good ride and workout. Trails well marked. No issues finding my way.

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Gramcounter

July 5, 2016
ktx Gramcounter  
 
Review: AWEsome! Learned a new trail word "choss-y" to describe aspects of some of the trail surfaces. Sure seemed like there was vastly more fast flowy bermy descending than climbing. Tried to follow dheslep's route (below), but we got sidetracked on a "black diamond" adventure ... followed orange flags through some great rock gardens culminating in a couple massive rock bridges, but then backtracked to Start of Bomb Dog since we didn't have a map that showed the new trail. (Subsequently found one on Coldwater's facebook site ... new trail is apparently McGazza. Also heard there's ANOTHER new "Most Difficult" descending section off of Bomb Dog that's even more built-up!) Going back as soon as I can find ride buddies ... black diamond is technical, not good to ride alone.

Similar Trail: nothing quite like it, but Snake Creek Gap has some similarities (rocky). Can't recall similar roller coasters, maybe Lower Windy Gap.

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May 22, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Best Trail in the State.

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Coldwater Mountain MTB Trail 4.71 out of 5 based on 97 ratings. 97 user reviews.
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