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    Raccoon Mountain Conditions Here - everyone post!

    Use this thread to update trail conditions at Racoon Mountain



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    I am headed out there today. Suppose to be 70! I will update on trail conditions.

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    Wow, what a great ride we had Sunday! Trails are in pretty good shape. Even with the rain towards then end of our day, it was pretty much perfect.

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    Hey everyone, the visitor center at Raccoon is closed until January, so you cannot access that area or jump on the trails from there. Just a heads up.

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    Hi everyone! I am heading to Racoon Mtn for a ride in a few weeks. I keep seeing everyone say they love Small Intestine, but I am confused by the map... which one is it? #1? and Which direction is best?

    What am I missing?
    Thanks for the info.

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    On this map:
    http://www.outdoorchattanooga.com/RM_brochure.pdf
    it is #3 (aka Table Rock)(Interesting that it has reverted back to the original name).

    Either direction... Many ride Small Intestine both ways since the entrance and exit are so close together. As far as entire trail, there are advantages and disadvantages either direction. Clockwise from East Overlook is a fun start.

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    thank you so much Mark.

    So it is an expert level? I watched a few GoPro vids and it does not seem very technical. I would consider myself an intermediate rider at best but am bringing a friend who is a beginner. I ride a lot of xc here in Colorado, rocky, roots and loose gravel, have conquered some technical sections but still am a bit intimidated sometimes... as a female, I am ok with admitting that. LOL

    Can anyone tell me what you would consider that makes it expert level?

    EDIT: sorry about that, I see that it is listed as "advanced", not "expert"... but still the same question.
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    Likely because of roots, rocks and length, comparatively speaking. An intermediate rider from CO should have a blast. A beginner would probably just be a bit slower.

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    Great! I think we can handle that. Thanks again Mark. I am really looking forward to it!

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    I personally prefer to ride it counterclockwise. You might try it both ways if you have the time.

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    I hope everything is alright is and about the trails i would like to say that everything should go well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oscarmartin View Post
    I hope everything is alright is and about the trails i would like to say that everything should go well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ru4given View Post
    thank you so much Mark.

    So it is an expert level? I watched a few GoPro vids and it does not seem very technical. I would consider myself an intermediate rider at best but am bringing a friend who is a beginner. I ride a lot of xc here in Colorado, rocky, roots and loose gravel, have conquered some technical sections but still am a bit intimidated sometimes... as a female, I am ok with admitting that. LOL

    Can anyone tell me what you would consider that makes it expert level?

    EDIT: sorry about that, I see that it is listed as "advanced", not "expert"... but still the same question.
    If you've ridden parts of the CT, or White's ranch, Buffalo Park, Golden Gate or anything in the greater Golden/Boulder area and not been overly intimidated, you will do just fine. I'd call it an intermediate ride on about 33% of the trail and an advanced beginner on the rest compared to Colorado type riding. You'll find nothing like Apex on the whole trail, but your extra lung capacity will probably mean you'll breeze through nearly everything it has to offer. Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syndicate View Post
    I personally prefer to ride it counterclockwise. You might try it both ways if you have the time.
    Wish you coulda joined us! Had a great ride (minus sidewall cut) yesterday. Rode counter. I think I prefer clockwise. Trail was perfect. Weather was unseasonably nice. Mosquitos were busy. We parked at the bottom of Live Wire. Rode up. That'll get your heart rate up in a hurry. The pay-off was getting to zoom down to finish. Good call, gmb industries! There were a couple of large trees blocking the race loop. Very surprised considering the day before the XC event.

    SHAMELESS PLUG FOR A FIRST TIME VISIT- We rode 5-Points in Treton, GA. this morning. Great follow-up! Lots of roller coaster single track on mostly chirty soil (a lot like the west end of MB, minus the pine needles). Only one rocky technical segment, the rest was smooth and flowing. The contractor that built it new his stuff. On a lot of the rollers, large and small. momentum would carry you 3/4 way to the top of the next, crank a little and off again. Very well designed and executed. About 30 minutes from the Raccoon Mt. interstate exit.

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    anyone have an idea what the trail looks like? Plan on coming over ther tomorrow

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    Back in 2006 I posted this thread about Raccoon being epic. I later found out that plans were in the works!

    Well, yesterday I road Raccoon for the first time in years and it is EPIC!

    I parked at the boat ramp and climbed High Voltage to Split Rock to Laurel Point to River Gorge to Mega Watt with a side loop on Six Flags continuing to Grindstone Ridge to Small Intestine to Switchyard Connector to the Gravel road then down Live Wire 1 and 2. It took 5 hours (took my time) and about 20 miles. I wasn't expecting Live Wire 2 to be so brutal...it was!! I'm shocked I didn't bonk!

    Can't wait to go again!
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    Rode everything except Live Wire 1 and 2 and High Voltage on Saturday. Might have seen one puddle. Otherwise conditions were amazing.

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    Thinking of riding here this weekend. Whats the best way to ride it? We're thinking of parking at the east overlook, then riding counter-clockwise. Hitting east rim to chunky, down on livewire 1, livewire 2, and down high voltage. Where should we go from there? I was thinking of hitting split rock to laurel point, back to electric ave 1. We'd be back at the car, so we can decide to ride more, like the inside loop, or go home. What y'all think?
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    I rode Raccoon Mtn last weekend. Did most of the route that bikebrainmaniac posted above. It was awesome! but when I go back I think I may just skip Live Wire 1, 2 and High Voltage and do everything else (even though Live Wire 1 was a blast and High Voltage would be probably fun and/or scary to descend) My favorite sections were Live Wire 1, Small intestine (for the the amazing view at one point), Megawatt, and Laurel Point had some really fun sections as well

    If you go the way you are talking about you'll have to go back up High Voltage which if you have the legs for it, you might enjoy but we ended up walking a lot of it, especially towards the top it gets really steep. Have fun!

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    Clockwise is my preferred.
    Last edited by homer; 06-03-2015 at 04:28 PM. Reason: looked at the map.

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    Thanks guys! I rode there once counter-clockwise, and it was great. I'm doing the Super D in July, so I def. want to ride down Live Wire 1 & 2, and maybe High Voltage. I don't get down there very often, so we plan on riding all day.
    Thanks once again.
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    We went down Live Wire 1 and 2, drove up from the boat ramp, and then started from the Chunky Free Ride Area and took various trails across to High Voltage and went down there, as well. I've clawed my way up High Voltage before and two cars was definitely the right move for yesterday's temperatures.

    The place could probably use a little rain. Everything was in generally good shape, just a little dry and drifty. Live Wire 1 felt sketchier than I remembered. Don't know if more loose rock has washed onto the trail over the winter/spring, or if it's just more evident to me due to the hardness of the underlying trail. I've only ridden it a couple of times, so maybe that's just how it usually is. A lot of fun once you acknowledge that your rear tire will be playing its own game.

    Was my first time down High Voltage. Better descent than Live Wire in my opinion, but given a choice of which to do, "both" is the best answer.

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    Any updates? Looking forward to riding Raccoon Mtn soon.
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    I rode there last Sunday. The trail has really eroded so take your full sup if you have one. ;) I probably won't be back for awhile. :(
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    I thought that's what those moon bikes were for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I rode there last Sunday. The trail has really eroded so take your full sup if you have one. ;) I probably won't be back for awhile. :(
    I bet you were the one I met while riding CW on Small Intestine. You were riding CCW? Fat bike; pile of sand in the middle of the trail for no apparent reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuestionMark View Post
    I bet you were the one I met while riding CW on Small Intestine. You were riding CCW? Fat bike; pile of sand in the middle of the trail for no apparent reason?

    Mark
    You got that right. I love that section of Raccoon Mountain.
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    Anyone have a condition up on the trails?

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    Raccoon Mountain Conditions Here - everyone post!

    Got to ride Raccoon Mt today and it was great. There has been enough traffic to pack the leaves or push them off the trail. 60 degrees and clear blue skies made for an awesome day. Special thanks to the guy with the chain saw on small intestines.

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