Hi-Dee-Ho Loop

Roanoke

A popular loop that accesses the upper mountain at Carvin's Cove.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
12 km
Ascent
412 m
Descent
413 m
Low Point
387 m
High Point
709 m
Gradient
16˚
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Hi-Dee-Ho Loop Map

Description

The Carvin's Cove trail system is the undisputed mountain biking hotspot in the Roanoke region. The entire trail network is situated on land owned by the city of Roanoke. At 12,000 acres in size, "it is the second largest municipal park in the United States (behind South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona)," according to an article on Singletracks.com.

Carvin's Cove offers 40 miles of singletrack and has "another 40 in the works," according to RootsRated.com. The trails are split into roughly two halves: the high trails that run up and down the mountain, and the lower trails near the base.

Hi-Dee-Ho is one of the most popular descents off the top of the upper mountain as it returns directly to the main Carvin’s Cove Trailhead. While getting to the top requires a grind up a fire road, the ripping descent down Hi-Dee-Ho will make you forget all of that pain instantly!

One of the original gnarly descents in this system, the trail tread is steep and techy, with some tight off-camber sections of singletrack. Offering up plenty of roots and stretches of sharp trail, Hi-Dee-Ho "demands absolute control,” according to an article on Singletracks.com.

Sources: https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/trail-tuesday-carvins-cove-roanoke-virginia/ https://rootsrated.com/stories/is-roanoke-the-best-up-and-coming-mtb-destination-in-the-southeast

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

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

Features

  • Technical
  • Road sections
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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