The Expert, Sport and Beginner courses.
Racing starts at Noon.
Expert ~21 miles 2750 Feet elevation gain
Sport ~14 miles 1750 Feet elevation gain
Beginner ~7.1 miles 900 Feet elevation gain
Mountwood Park is located approximately 12 miles east of Parkersburg, WV on US 50. The 2600-acre park offers 30+ miles of trail, most of which is singletrack. If you’ve ridden at Mountwood, you know that these are some of the most well-maintained trails in the state. The trails are well packed and hold up great no matter the weather. Check the website for cabins, campsites, and more info.
Will start from the marina parking lot. Riders proceed up the road toward the sewage treatment plant where they will go left on Walter Taitt Trail (wide gravel forest road). Riders will follow Walter Taitt Trail approximately 1.8 miles almost to the end of Walter Taitt Trail where they will go left onto the connector trail to Caretaker Trail. Within 75 feet riders go left on Caretaker Trail and ride back toward 4 Corners. At 4 Corners, riders will take slight right up Minnehaha Trail.
Riders follow Minnehaha Trail all the way to the top of the hill. When riders enter the power line for the second time onto Power Line Trail they will go to the right (nearly straight through) and follow Power Line Trail back toward 4 Corners again. Note to rider: Keep your speed through the big dip in the hill and climb the next grade, there you will go left onto an old portion of Mansion Trail and then within 200 feet will go left again and onto Hunters Roost Trail where they will follow Hunters Roost Trail to Power Line Trail. Beginner Split Ahead: All Sport and Expert classes will stay right at the intersection of Haystack Trail (Signs Posted) and stay on Power Line to White Oak Ridge Trail (see below).
Beginners: Will go left onto Haystack Trail, take Haystack Trail to a connector to Log Jam Trail (will be marked) where riders will go left. Log Jam will meet Powerline Trail in about 1⁄4 mile at intersection where the trail climbs back toward Minnehaha. Riders will bypass Minnehaha and follow Collarbone Cutoff Trail to Collar Bone Trail. Nearing the end of Collar Bone Trail riders will go left on a connector and drop onto the new NICA “Beginner A” trail. Follow this trail and it will cross Walter Taitt (Gravel) Trail. Stay on the new NICA trail “Beginner B”, after crossing Taitt, till shortly after big metal bridge. When you enter Walter Taitt Trail the 2nd time stay left and follow Taitt Trail to the blacktop and then back to the parking lot on the blacktop road you started on.
About 7.1 Miles 900 Feet elevation gain.
Sport and Expert: After going past power substation, riders will cross Volcano Road onto White Oak Ridge Trail. Follow White Oak Ridge Trail to the blacktop road and cross onto Gary's Grind. Follow Gary’s Grind to the new Pumphouse Trail where you will go left onto Pumphouse. (Use Caution – Steep Sharp Turns). Near the bottom of Pumphouse there is a new connector trail to the right. Take that trail until you come out on Gary’s Grind trail and go right again. Follow Gary’s Grind to Little Gnarly and go left up Little Gnarly. At the top of Little Gnarly, go right on the new Sand Hill Trail and follow it 2.2 miles to its end where you go right onto Savannah Around the Moon. After going right, ride through the old picnic area and start climbing up through the field on an elevated boardwalk. At the top of the hill the trail will go to the right. Riders go across the top and down off the Moon back into the woods following Savannah Around the Moon. It drops down through a couple switchbacks with optional routes. After a short steep section with switchbacks, will go right onto Trip To The Moon Trail. Riders follow Trip to the Moon Trail to a new connector trail on the right that leads to Copperhead Trail where you will complete Copperhead Loop. Near the end of the Copperhead downhill watch for the Course Split. (Copperhead at Ratsnake).
Sport Classes: Will take a hard left, staying on Copperhead, and follow it out to the road near the Marina Parking Lot. Go across the road into the parking lot (be careful of vehicle traffic) segment ends before you cross the road. Total approx. About 14 miles and 1750 feet elevation gain.
Expert Classes: Will go right at the course split onto Rat Snake Trail and ride around to the gravel road that comes out on Volcano Road near the park maintenance building. Stay right off gravel and proceed the blacktop road to next intersection and go left out past the torpedo and onto what we refer to as the Indian trails.
Riders will follow Tecumseh Trail until it comes back out on Lake Trail where you will ride to the yellow gate and turn hard right just before the yellow gate and go across the wooden bridge and follow Lake Trail toward the dam to the first entrance to Medicine Man Trail. Take Medicine Man Trail to right up a long climb and follow it all the way around. At the intersection with Tomahawk Trail, riders will go right off Medicine Man (nearly straight through) and into a tight downhill right switchback and onto Tomahawk Trail. Riders will then take a right onto Warrior Ridge near the bottom of the hill. Follow Warrior Ridge for 2.2 miles and will bring you back onto Tomahawk Trail. Riders will follow Tomahawk and fade into Lake Trail. Follow all signs to Lake Trail. Note that Lake Trail turns left at the sign. (This year you DO NOT go up 4 Corners Trail. Lake trail has been improved and turns off to the left near end of field) Follow Lake Trail back to the blacktop and the blacktop road back to the parking lot where you will stay to the right.
Total approx. 21 miles and 2750 Feet elevation gain.