Total Distance: Total ride is 5.3 miles with 3.0 miles of gravel road and 2.3 miles single trackTime Allowance: Depending on your skill level a beginner should plan on 1 1/4 hour, an intermediate rider 1 hour and an advanced rider 45 minutes.
Total Distance: Total novice ride is 8.0 miles with 3.6 miles of gravel/paved road and 4.4 miles of single track. Total advanced ride is 7.7 miles with 2.2 miles of gravel road and 5.5 miles of single track.
Time Allowance: Depending on your skill level a beginner should plan on 1 3/4 hours, an intermediate rider 1 1/4 hours and an advanced rider 45 minutes.
Traveling westward from the Bandy Creek Visitor Center: Follow directions to the Collier Ridge Loop and then from the point at which Collier Ridge Loop leaves the West Bandy Creek Road continue following the gravel road for 0.4 miles to the beginning of the West Bandy Bike Trail. Turn right onto the bike trail at the signs.
You can also access the opposite end of this trail from the West Entrance Trail head on Hwy 297: Follow the connector trail across West Bandy Creek Road and follow the bike trail signs. This section features rolling single track, creek crossings and short, steep sections. Return to your starting point by following the West Bandy Creek Road.
Time Allowance: On the single track sections beginners should plan on a 45 minute ride, intermediate riders on 30 minutes and advanced riders 20 minutes.
Two popular options are available for riding Grand Gap Loop.
1. From Bandy Creek take Duncan Hollow Road approximately 2 miles to the Alfred Smith Road on the right. Park at the intersection of Duncan Hollow and the Alfred Smith Roads. Ride 1.8 miles down the Alfred Smith Road to Grand Gap Loop. Ride Grand Gap Loop (6.8 miles), return to your vehicle and drive out the Alfred Smith and Duncan Hollow Roads returning to Bandy Creek.
2. Drive from Bandy Creek out Duncan Hollow road. In approximately 2 miles turn right on Alfred Smith Road. Travel 1.8 miles down Alfred Smith Road to the small trailhead parking. Ride the Grand Gap Loop 6.8 miles. Return to your vehicle and drive back to Duncan Hollow Road and Bandy Creek.
Last updated: April 14, 2015