Pilot Rock

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  5.0 from 6 votes
black  Difficult from 3 votes
Rank: #1 in the Hendersonville area
#7 in NC, #72 Overall
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Trail in the area near Mills River,
“One memorable downhill!”
Paul Stahlschmidt on Jun 10, 2013
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2.23.6 milesKilometers 0’0 m Ascent 4,852’1,479 m High 13% Avg Grade (7°)
Singletrack Type -1,526’-465 m Descent 3,325’1,014 m Low 31% Max Grade (17°)
From the top of the Laurel Mountain Connector, Pilot starts rolling fast immediately. For the first half-mile, the trail follows the ridge and drops through more Laurel thickets and straight-lines through much of it, dropping 200 feet in the process. Soon after that, the trail begins to get rockier and rockier and very tight switchbacks start appearing. This is what Pilot Rock is known for.

This trail comes with consequences. The rocks in the middle of the trail are often thick, and the out-slope of the trail (especially at the switchbacks) is near the edge of steep dropoffs. There are amazing views along this stretch, so taking it slow can be a great thing!

There is a beast of a rock garden that appears after you get below Pilot Rock itself. This is rideable for experts, but a very rugged section. Beyond that, the trail starts to straighten out and flat out rips again. Near the bottom there is one creek crossing before FS 1206.
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4.5 (2)
Steady climb to speedy downhill.
near Brevard, NC
4.5 (2)
An exhaustive day combining long fire road climbs to very technical singletrack.
near Brevard, NC

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PHOTOS of Pilot Rock
  3.3 from 4 votes
Riding dow some boulders on Pilot. (Mills River, NC)