Big Schloss | Overnight Bikepacking Route | Rockgeist BIkepack USA
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Big Schloss

29 mi, 163 ft/mi

 

Developed by Nick Curren

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Woodstock, VA

Starting and ending at the Virgina/West Virginia boarder just outside Woodstock, VA. 

Stats

29 miles, 4,745 ft elevation gain,  163 ft/mi.  -Clockwise direction suggested.

Terrain

Singletack, Double track, gravel. Preferred bike rank: hardtail, full suspension mountain bike

Summary

A great sub-24 hour overnight (S24O) with the highlight of camping near or at the Big Schloss overlook. There a number of great vistas along the way with rocky singletrack, creek crossings, and plenty of primitive campgrounds to choose from. 

Highlights

  • Big Schloss overlook camping
  • Ridgleline singletrack
  • Creek crossings

Trip Beta

To start the ride there is parking along Judge Rye Road (there’s some dirt parking lots north of the trail head). You’ll start of with a descent onLong Mountain Trail for about 8 miles, a lot of fun with tons of rocks that are typical for the area. After crossing trout run road start the climb up Bucktail Trail which was nice easy double track for the climb.
To gain the ridge, the route has you going up Tuscarora Pond trail which some has some hike-a-bike. Alternatively, you can go up the German Wilson trail which is a little bit shorter and you can add the half moon look out. Either way, some form of hike-a-bike up seems unavoidable though to get up on the ridge. Once on the Mill Mountain Trail it’s nice ridge line riding and a lot of fun with some great vistas. You can stop at Sandstone spring to get water before pushing to Big Schloss Overlook. There’s numerous back country campsites along the ridge and with a few just shy of Big Schloss for a more private camp. Big Schloss has awesome 360 views of both West Virginia and Virginia; a great place to catch both the sunset and sunrise.
The second day is an easy ridge along the ridge until the steep switchback descent to Wolf Gap recreation area. You’ll cross Trout Run Road again and cut through a primitive camp site to get to the Elliot Knob Trail. The Elliot knob trail is “bike-able” till a point, then it becomes more pushing the bike for a half mile, then two 50 yard stretches of hike a big up some good sized rocks to get to the top.
The trail then descends back down the other side to Judge Rye Road, a gravel forest road that you’ll ride back to the parking area.  The road gets steep at times but its ridable all the back to the cars.

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Photos: Nick Curren

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