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Middle Wilson Ridge

 3.0 (4)

5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers


1,164' 355 m


-979' -298 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (16°)

2,802' 854 m


2,169' 661 m


Shared By Paul Stahlschmidt



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Paul Stahlschmidt

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This one is complicated - you could easily get lost - use the MTB Project app!


This trail begins at a gate on Route 90 and continues along a dominant ridge before merging with Loose Mtn. Road - FSR 4097.

The segment outlined here is a portion of the complete Wilson Ridge Trail (TR 269), which totals nearly 12 miles including some roads. While this trail is rated advanced overall, a long section is a dirt road. The road section begins at about .5 mi. and continues for over 2 miles, ending after a long descent down Joe White Mtn.

Route finding can be difficult on Middle Wilson Ridge and there are plenty of other interesting experiences out there. But it does offer some of the most remote backcountry riding in the Pisgah Grandfather District. Much this corridor crosses private land. There is zero signage, no blazes, plenty of no trespassing signs, and loads of intersections with unnamed spur trails and roads. You'll notice signs of some off-the-grid inhabitants that own land along this stretch, including The Kings, which even have a mailbox near an important turn. This spot is a left (2.79 mi. in this description) which goes straight up the mountain. This leafy, ditched-out climb is short, and after that hike-a-bike youll be back on the pronounced ridge.

After the the 2 miles of road there is nearly 2.5 miles of singletrack that follows the pronounced spine of Wilson Ridge until the trail merges with Loose Mtn. Road - FSR 4097. There are a few hike-a-bikes on this section, and some of the descents to the gaps can get burly. Due to its remoteness this section is often overgrown with trees blown down in some areas. Be prepared to dismount in many places.


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Jul 14, 2018
Timothy Parrish
Washed out REALLY steep forest road climbing, some badly washed out trail sections.
Jan 16, 2016
Charlie Charping

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Curtis Armstrong
Curtis Armstrong   Mooresville
Tried this trail, with gps, and maps, still made a wrong turn. very backcountry feel, pretty sure I heard banjo music. I seem to have missed a left turn just after the Kings mailbox. somehow ended back at 90 not far from where I started via a fun and scenic rocky descent over jacksons knob. Sep 16, 2014
Perfect directions, trail was in very good shape. Most if not all riders will need to walk several of the climbs they are beyond 27%. Views are great and the off the grid feel is unmatched. The last descent on loose mountain was fantastic! Check your MTB app often and read the directions! Mar 11, 2017

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