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Middle Wilson Ridge

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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Singletrack

2,802' 854 m

High

2,169' 661 m

Low

1,164' 355 m

Up

979' 298 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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

Description

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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Shared By:

Paul Stahlschmidt

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 6 votes

#11

in Wilson Creek

#19366

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  3.3 from 6 votes
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#11

in Wilson Creek

#532

in North Carolina

#19,366

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Jul 26, 2013 near Blowing…, NC

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Jun 6, 2021
John Serrano
After failing twice the left turn after King's family mailbox, I decided to do it the opposite way, Lower W. Ridge, Loose Mtn, and Middle W. Ridge.
Aug 16, 2020
John Serrano
Second try, still made it wrong, missed a left turn just after the King's mailbox
May 25, 2019
John Serrano
5.1mi
May 13, 2019
Mark Nickels
Love this trail! Lots of fun. Good for biking walks and walking dogs.
Jul 14, 2018
Glint Gossamer
Washed out REALLY steep forest road climbing, some badly washed out trail sections.
Jan 16, 2016
Charlie Charping