Reddish Knob

4.75 out of 5
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↑ 5,800 ft
↓ 5,700 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
There are a bunch of loops available from here. Get a map or find a local for best results. As a minimum, the Falcon Guide "Mountain Biking Virginia" has some good info. There are a number of routes up, including Hone Quarry, the paved road, California Ridge, and Lynn Trail to Wolf Ridge, to Timber Ridge. None of these are easy. Even the paved road requires a steep grade over a long distance. Each of the singletrack options are even steeper and all but California Ridge can be highly techncal. At the top, be sure to take the little swirl of a road that goes to the top of Reddish Knob, the highest point in this part of VA, with unobstructed views of the Shanendoah to the east and West Virginia to the west. Any of those brutal singletrack climbs will make a fine downhill. At about 8 miles, the Timber ridge descent is the longest, but will require a few sharp climbs along the way. The last two miles before hitting the dirt road at the bottom are totally primo. The rest can be very rocky or very narrow or both. Much of the trail is covered with leaves or grass so you can't see what's at the bottom of the groove. That makes for some dicey moments if you're flying down at warp speed and you don't know where the roots and rocks are. The Timber Ridge to Wolf Ridge to Lynn trail descent is scary steep in places and has some very tight singletrack. If you take Wolf all the way down, or Timber Ridge, or the Sand Springs Mountain trail that lies between, you will arrive at Tillman road. Take this back north to Briery Branch Road to then head back up a couple miles to the parking area. Tillman Road turns into Tighlman Road, which can be confusing; don't worry, you're on the right path either way. If you want to take Timber Ridge all the way down (recommended for the last couple miles), make sure you don't miss the fork right at the intersection with Sand Springs Mountain. Pick your poison and have a great ride!
added by John FischEpic
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

January 26, 2018
Review: All I can say is it was balls fun.


January 3, 2017
Alex NIN Doubletrack  
Review: one of my favorite rides for sure. Don't take a shuttle to the top it's a lot more rewarding if you pedal up and earn your downhill. Super fun descent down Timber Ridge to Wolf Ridge. Thanks to SVBC for the awesome trail work and new signs. I'll be back for sure.


December 27, 2013
Cotharyus Doubletrack  
Review: Parked on Tillman near where wolf ridge comes out, and took briary branch to the top, basically a 10 mile climb of ~3000 feet. From there, went out the Ridge Line trail to where Wolf Ridge splits off, and down wolf ridge. The old school section at the top is out of this world, but I was ready for the flowing sections on the re-route by the time I got to that. This route will give your brakes a serious workout.

Bunny Hop

April 17, 2012
cjk911 Bunny Hop  
Review: Take the Wolf Ridge Trail to Tillman Rd. The last few miles are some of the funnest, fastest, blowiest singletrack I've ever been on. Other than that I would recommend a full-suspension bike to soak up the rockiness. Excellent downhill with very doable lines.


September 18, 2011
Review: The Knob is a must ride. Getting shuttled to the top and riding it from the top down is the best way to go about it. EPIC down hills.

Granny Gear

January 5, 2011
Flying_W Granny Gear  
Review: Parked @ Briery Branch Reservoir. Climbed 7 miles of pavement (SR924)*. Timber Ridge Trail starts on left just past scenic turnoff for to Reddish Knob 4397' at guardrail end. Did an endo in the first 100 yards, as leaf cover was thick. Really nice trails, killer views, few rock gardens, and lots of flow. Went left on Wolf Ridge Trail then left again to return to Briery Branch. * This 14 mile loop was advised as a pre-ride for the SMT the next day. Had I more time I would climb Hone Quarry Ridge rather than pavement.

Similar Trail: The Southern Traverse (SMT)

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