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Old 02-05-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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Dictum Ridge Update

I called the GWNF North River Ranger District about Dictum Ridge today. I asked why they closed the very bottom portion of the road containing the technical section known as the Stairs (not to be confused with the Flagpole Stairs). He explained that that section was never an approved part of the forest road and erosion was causing dirt and debris to wash onto private property. I asked if anyone had considered building a 4WD linkup between Dictum Ridge and Second Mountain. The ranger explained that the extreme steepness of the terrain and proximity of private property prevents making such a link up. Too bad. There's an existing ATV 1.4 mile link up between the two trails so I guess I'll have to go check it out on foot.

If you go up on YouTube you can see videos of folks doing the Dictum Ridge technical section from a few years ago. I'm saddened that I'll never be able to drive that section. Dictum Ridge is still worth checking out though. It has a rocky section near the bottom that was fun. I think it's about 4.5 miles long one way. If you do Dictum Ridge, Second Mountain and Feedstone Mountain you will have had a good day.

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Old 02-06-2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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Yup, Dictum was a LOT of fun back in the day... There was a main line and a bypass... by the time it was closed, a lot of people actually considered the bypass harder than the mainline!!! I actually had a bad bounce once that resulted in the jeep trying to topple backwards- both front tires in the air.... shame it's closed...

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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I think we just need to double down and find a piece of the GWNF that we can build a really challenging trail on. With the proper permission, of course.

I'm new to the Mid-Atlantic wheeling community but I've been a long time member of the PATC and the climbing and mountain biking community. It seems we are last in the GWNF user pecking order. Heck, even loggers have more forest access than we do.
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Thanks for the intel, I am the VA4WDA Land Use Coordinator and meeting the U.S. Forest Service Supervisor of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests on Monday 11 February 2013. I will ask about your questions and the best way to improve access.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:04 PM   #5
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Please post your meeing notes. I would like to become more active in improving our access. Mountain bikers and especially IMBA are good about coming together and building maintaining trail. I don't see why we can't do that, too.

The 4 things I have a vision for are:
1. Improved access to the Taskers Gap OHV trails. See my post at Improved 4WD Access at Peters Mill / Taskers Gap Trail System
2. Creation of a gnarly link up trail between Second Moutain and Dictum Ridge
3. Building an unimproved rough terrain trail parallel to Peters Mill on the side of the ridge.
4. Creation of a 20-40 mile 4WD point to point trail somewhere in the GWNF that is user built and maintained.
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