IMBA EPIC Ride | Syllamo Trails - Scrappy Mountain Loop

Syllamo Trails - Scrappy Mountain Loop, Arkansas

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Introduction

The Syllamo Mountain Bike Trails are an IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) EPIC designated trail system. The system is broken up into 5 distinct loops with numerous levels of terrain and elevation change, stretching for more than 50 miles in Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, Arkansas. Much of it is singletrack. The big gem sits in the middle of an amazing and inspiring landscape, runs over thousands of acres of the Ozark National Forest, and offers vistas of the serene White River, Sylamore Creek Valley, and luxuriant Ozark Mountains.

All five loops can be accessed from four different trailheads. All trailheads have gravel-surfaced parking for approximately 20 vehicles, a bulletin board with information for a small donation/fee (kept locally to help maintain the trail and the trailhead facilities), and a pit toilet.

The Syllamo Trailhead is on the east side of AR-5, which is 10.2 miles north of Mountain View.

There are three secondary trailheads on Green Mountain Road (gravel):

  • The White River Bluff Trailhead is 1.3 miles up Green Mountain Road from AR-5.
  • Scrappy Mountain Trailhead is 3.8 miles from AR-5.
  • The Bad Branch Loop is 5.8 miles from AR-5.
  • Syllamo Mountain Bike System has everything to keep you interested all the time. Call your friends. It’s time to Syllamo!

    1. White River Bluff Loop

    2. Bald Scrappy Loop

    3. Scrappy Mountain Loop

    4. Jack’s Branch Loop

    5. Bad Branch Loop

    Find out more about Syllamo’s trails here.

     

    Overview

    Scrappy Mountain Loop is the biggest and, hardest of the Syllamo Loops, and has the most elevation gain. The 12-mile Scrappy Mountain offers a lot of challenges and features the Syllamo’s Stairway to Heaven.

    Rated as advanced, this scenic loop attracts many experienced riders.

    Terrain

    A singletrack with constant steep pitches and lager elevation changes. There are long, technical, sustained climbs and various difficult ascents. Rocky obstacles are abundant.

    Access

    The Scrappy Mountain Trailhead is 3.8 miles from AR-5.

    Food and drink

    Bring plenty of water and snacks. The ride can get tough from the moment you get going. 

    More details

    Note that there is a $3-day use fee. No camping is allowed at trailhead.

    The Scrappy Mountain Section is blazed in Blue. It's recommended to ride this trail in the clockwise direction. This section is the toughest of the Syllamo loops both physically and technically.

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    Some of the information contained on this page has been sourced from:

    https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5261406/scrappy-mountain-loop

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    18.314 km / 11.38 mi

    Total Distance

    628 m / 2,060 ft

    Total Ascent

    628 m / 2,060 ft

    Total Descent

    289 m / 949 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Sightseeing
    Commuter
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Gravel Road
    Trail Signage: Good
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle
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