Tibbs -> Milma -> Windy Gap Shuttle

Ellijay

A technical, remote shuttle in the Cohutta Mountains.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
12 km
Ascent
221 m
Descent
823 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
397 m
High Point
999 m
Gradient
Tibbs -> Milma -> Windy Gap Shuttle Map

Tibbs, Milma, and the final conclusion on Windy Gap form a somewhat legendary ride segment (or shuttle run) deep in the Cohutta Mountains of North Georgia. This descent often serves as the most remote portion of the Drama Queen group ride (held annually) that begins at Mulberry Gap.

Description

All three of these trails are moto legal, and as such they are technical and challenging to varying degrees. Tibbs offers up challenging rock gardens filled with rolling baby head rocks and loose boulders, washed out ravines, and ledge drops. Don't underestimate this trail: it's brutally-technical and challenging in a trench-in-the-mountainside sort of way.

Once onto Milma the grade mellows, and a few climbs are required as you follow the moderately-technical trail over to Windy Gap.

Once on Windy Gap you'll get to enjoy most of the famously-flowy jumps and berms on the lower half of the trail. Thanks to a never-ending stream of water bars, the lower section essentially functions as a smooth jump run until the trail ends at the lower Windy Gap trailhead.

Sources: http://www.gregridestrails.com/2010/12/windy-gap-cycle-trail-ellijay-georgia.html

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Shuttle-run
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Tabletops
  • Rock Gardens

Equipment required

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