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Rank: #6 in 6 Hours of Warrior Creek Race
#35 in North Carolina
#749 Overall
“A bit of everything at Dark Mountain, the first of the mountain bike trails at Kerr Scott.”
Paul Stahlschmidt on May 19, 2013
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5.3 Miles Singletrack Type 601’ Ascent -606’ Descent 1,045’ Low 1,239’ High
Overview
1:00 average ride time for 6.1 miles. Details

Description
Dark Mountain is the oldest of all the trail systems at the lake, and was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2005.

There are several numbered and named small loops at Dark Mountain, all intersecting with a 2-track "Core" trail which goes through the whole system. Follow the BLUE arrows for the all-encompassing route (mapped here), including the "Snake" and "Lake" loops that each contain a solid climb and descent.

From the trailhead, the climb up the entrance trail takes you through the first-built trails at the lake. After about a mile, you'll get through a very rooty section and begin a descent that winds down "The Snake" to another section of Fish Dam Creek waterway. Enjoy it, because as soon as you see the stream, you'll be begin a sustained 1 mile climb out.

After about 3-4 miles in, the trail begins the 200 foot descent of the "Lake Loop." A fantastic finale awaits after the climb back to the top of Dark Mountain, the exit trail. This section has hosted Downhill and Super-D events, and contains optional lines with big banked turns and jumps.
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Jumpin' around on Dark Mountain's finale. Photo by Richard Fink. (Wilkesboro, NC)
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