Upper Wilson Ridge

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Rank: #5 in the Pisgah National Forest area
#72 in NC, #2,454 Overall
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Jan 31 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Foscoe,
“Classic riding in Pisgah's Grandfather District.”
Paul Stahlschmidt on Jun 28, 2013
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2.43.9 milesKilometers 336’102 m Ascent 2,606’794 m High 8% Avg Grade (4°)
Singletrack Type -642’-196 m Descent 2,255’687 m Low 35% Max Grade (19°)
Upper Wilson Ridge begins at Edgemont Road near the community of Gragg and ends at at Schoolhouse Ridge Road - FSR 4068.

Also known as 21 Jumps, there are a string of several jumps that begin to appear just after the top. This trail has been around a long time, and many of the mounds have worn down to humps instead of jumps, but they still offer a good roll and a nice opportunity for some air.

Several side-trails appear off of this trail (most of which go nowhere), but an established main line exists. At approximately 1.8 miles there is one pronounced fork in the trail. Wilson Ridge stays LEFT here, and an unnamed connector trail continues right to Thorps Creek (Schoolhouse).

Upper Wilson Ridge is not as technical as other trails in Pisgah, but has its moments. Just after a nice side-cut section, there are a handful of uphill rooty sections next to some big trees. This is just before the fork in the trail mentioned above. After that left and the short hike-a-bike that follows, the immediate downhill to 4068 is steep, rocky, and washed out. This bit isnt long though as it mellows out near the bottom.

This trail ends at a guardrail/gate on Schoolhouse Ridge Road - FSR 4068. Take a left here to continue to Middle Wilson Ridge, or right if your loop takes you to Thorps Creek or only involves only the upper portion.
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near Gamewell, NC
5.0 (2)
This is a must-ride Wilson Creek area loop.
near Glen Alpine, NC

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Upper Wilson Ridge trail (Foscoe, NC)