The Ridge – 6.9 km – Advanced
The Ridge with Elmer Fudd – 9.2 km – Advanced
Direction of Travel – Clockwise, but Elmer Fudd is 2-way
Named for the topography on which it’s built, The Ridge is one of our most beloved trails. You begin this trail near the start and finish of Route 66, with a steep technical climb, named Stairway to Heaven. Once you have ascended this climb, you will traverse up and down, over rocks and roots, with a general progression towards the highest part of this property. Once you arrive here, the payoff really begins.
Your descent will be fast yet still technical, with a small climb mid-way. Once at the bottom, you will then climb a short, rocky switchback named Hickman’s Corner, after an esteemed former board member, to a benched section of trail mid-ridge. This section of trail is one of The Ridge’s most notable features, as it skirts the edge of a limestone escarpment and rides underneath a light waterfall. At the other end, you will have two options to drop to the return trial below, one very steep, and an easier line to the right. This is where The Ridge joins The Ridge Bypass, and follows an easier flowing trail out to the exit.
Long-time members will remember The Ridge as a trail nearly double the length of its current form. This serves as a sombre example of how tenuous… wait… It’s back, and better than ever!! Get out and ride MTB Kingston’s signature trail!