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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1.2 mi (1.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +69/ -67 ft
Total: 64 riders

Mountain Biking Coyote Loop / Devil's Backbone

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#62 of 398 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#1,558 in the world

This is a part of the Chicopee woods trail system. The Coyote Loop is a standalone loop that begins back down the road a little ways from the trailhead. While not overly technical, the keepers of the trail system rate this a black diamond. This rating is probably due to some of the sharp elevation changes, roots, a nice rock garden (which can be bypassed) and a serious section of switchbacks. While this loop is short, the elevation changes can make it a real challenge, especially when you're trying to go fast.

First added by Greg Heil on Aug 4, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
I-85N to I-985, Exit 16-Oakwood/Dawsonville. Take a left/west off the exit ramp. Immediately turn right/north at the stoplight onto Frontage Road. Follow the little brown signs to Elachee Nature Center. There is a bike parking lot past the golf course.
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  • Patt Lennon

    advanced level steep switchbacks, great for building skills and learning how to ride switchbacks wide

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  • kenwrightjr

    As Aaron says below and after riding a few more times over the past few months this trail is one you want to ride first as a good warm-up BEFORE hitting the other trails. Spot on Aaron. The switchbacks/Devils Backbone you encounter to ride UP is going CW. Followed by a long, meticulous incline that is not challenging however, recovery in the saddle is challenging. Every trail in some form has a goal for me and this one has been tackling and making it to the top of the Devils Backbone!

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  • kenwrightjr

    I get so wrapped up when I arrive at Chicopee that I always seem to migrate to the same trails without fail, i.e. Flying Squirrel, White Tail, etc. I did those trails again today BUT, I had some time and thought I'd go hit the Coyote Loop and check it out. OMG. This trail is the most amazing trail I have put tires on. Don't get me wrong and mistake that I'm saying this trail is a cake walk. It ain't in the least! At the beginning it will lull you in thinking this is just a nice, fun, flowy trail to ride but, after you cross this bridge you better be wearing your big boy pants. lol. There is an up hill switchback that is KILLER. Someone who has counted can prolly say how many there are back-to-back but I'm guess at least 5-6. I had to walk my bike up them. They're extremely steep, rooty, and never ending! This trail is off the chart fun. It will now become a staple in my ride at Chicopee going forward.

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  • Brandon Conley

    Coyote loop is great fun. Nice switchbacks flowing downhill and good climbs. It can be run in either direction for different challenges.

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  • matthewwllmsn

    Nice bumpy trail with lots of downhills and climbs. There's a rock garden which is fun. There's a good amount of switchbacks too. It can be steep. Like others said, off the bat whichever way you go there's a fun downhill. The only downside is that is doesn't really fit in with the other trails because it is a standalone trail.

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  • Aaron Chamberlain   ✓ supporter

    A great warm-up for the rest of Chicopee. Don't skip this one! I recommend doing it first. Either direction you start in will get you a nice downhill off the bat. As others have mentioned, it's a short trail without a ton of elevation, but the climbs that are there are punchy. Particularly the switchbacks.

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  • MTB Crackfox

    coyote loop is a brutal to miles. It has some awesome down hills, some steep climbs, and you can't forget Devil's Backbone.the local Sorba Club as time trials in the month I'm July, and it's always a blast to get out there and go as fast as you can. If your Chicopee woods and you don't ride the coyote loop you're cheating yourself.

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  • Josh L

    Short, fun, challenging (if you're pushing the speed) loop at Chicopee Woods. I really like this loop to work on my fast reaction time and to work some quick cornering skills. If you're trying to up your ability level from beginner to intermediate then this is a good trail to session.

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  • Slee_Stack

    My second least favorite loop at Chiopee (after a portion of White Tail). There's nothing technically wrong with Coyote but it never really 'fits' into my ride. Coyote does make you work, regardless of the direction taken. Its not a prototypical warm-up or cool down trail, but rather one that most would want to see in the middle of their ride. That's why its a tough choice for me since it physically sits out on its own almost necessitating that you start or finish with it. I still ride it, but only on a quarter or fewer of my visits.

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  • raaiken

    new fave at chicopee. havent ridden this one in several years so hammering it made me kiss a few trees lucky i didnt bust a tooth from hitting trees with a shit eating grin

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    While this trail isn't very long, it's pretty punchy and aerobically challenging. Definitely a tough little ride through the woods that's sure to put a smile on your face!

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  • GoldenGoose

    A lot of people tend to forget about this loop since it's located across the street from the parking lot but it packs a good punch in a small package. The decent near the golf course can be downright scary at high speeds and the climb back out will certainly having you gasping for air. The best part of this trail is the low traffic compared to the rest of the Chicopee system.

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