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Tsali Left Loop - Entire Ride

 4.3 (15)

11.0 Miles 17.7 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

968' 295 m

Ascent

-964' -294 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

2,037' 621 m

High

1,716' 523 m

Low

Shared By Zack Butler

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A tour of Tsali Recreation Area with views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Fontana Lake.

Zack Butler

Dogs Unknown

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Open to mountain bikes on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and horses on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Overview

The Tsali Left Loop - Entire Ride combines the Tsali Left Loop and the County Line Road to form a complete loop out along Fontana Lake and back to the trailhead. This ride is part of an IMBA Epic trail system. The Tsali Left Loop itself is entirely singletrack, while the County Line Road is an old gravel-surfaced fire road.

Along this ride, you'll encounter very little in the way of technical challenges, although a few sections along Fontana Lake have become somewhat technical.

Description

The Tsali Left Loop itself is entirely singletrack, while the County Line Road is an old gravel-surfaced fire road. Along this ride, you'll encounter very little in the way of technical challenges, although a few sections along Fontana Lake have become somewhat technical due to erosion and undercutting from the lake causing some trail sections to become narrow, and in some places, almost collapse.

The singletrack section is very scenic, mostly smooth, and flows relatively well in spite of steep drop-offs toward the lake. Shortly after beginning this ride (which goes clockwise), you'll pass an old homesite on the left; only a stone chimney remains. Towards the end of the singletrack section, the trail rises to a bluff overlooking Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park across the lake. This overlook is even more spectacular in the late spring (May and June) when the mountain laurel are blooming.

The singletrack eventually gives way to the old fire road--a 2.5 mile gravel lane leading back towards the trailhead. Although the County Line Road is wide and generally smooth in spite of the gravel, it has a few steep sections and some sections suffer from erosion. This section snakes its way along the backbone of the peninsula jutting out into the lake. It doesn't require much skill, but it's challenging enough to require that you be in decent shape.

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Jun 1, 2018
Aaron Shafer-Haiss
2nd day in a row, caught the month change on the horse/bike schedule 12.8mi
Oct 21, 2017
Michael W
Oct 14, 2017
William Lawson
Jul 22, 2017
Stacy Williams
Jul 8, 2017
Absolut Ninja
Took our time site seeing. May do Mouse Branch tomorrow. 12mi
Mar 19, 2017
James Morfe
Nov 11, 2016
Preston Lamb
Nov 7, 2016
Perry McFall
Kade's Derailleur hanger broke at mile 6 11mi

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