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Mouse Branch Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (20)

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Map Key

8.4

Miles

13.5

KM

Singletrack

1,965' 599 m

High

1,704' 520 m

Low

806' 246 m

Up

779' 237 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

From the main parking area, Mouse starts with doubletrack. Head out the main road and continue in a clockwise direction. Many riders consider Mouse the most technical of the Tsali trails, but overall it is very similar to the others. There are plenty of loose rocks in places, and many fast, fun sections.

This trail is over 8 miles when using the overlook section and ~6 without it. To loop this extra section, stay right on Mouse at the intersection then follow it back around counter clockwise. The overlook is a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding mountains, and very close to the highest point of the Mouse Loop. After snapping some photos, get ready to descend the fastest part of trail back down. Take a left again and overlap the same small section of trail you used to pass through the first time. This time at the top of the climb, stay right on the Mouse again.

Following the lakes contours for another 3.5 miles will take you back to the intersection with the entrance road and the Thompson Loop at Murphy Gap.

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Shared By:

Paul Stahlschmidt

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  4.5 from 20 votes

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Photos

Descending Mouse Branch Overlook Trail
Jul 31, 2013 near Bryson…, NC
View from Mouse Branch Overlook Trail at Tsali
Aug 9, 2014 near Bryson…, NC
Shady singletrack.
Sep 19, 2015 near Bryson…, NC
Cloudy day but incredible
Sep 24, 2020 near Bryson…, NC

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Jul 25, 2021
Russ Gowan
Trail is mostly dry. Clear. And brushy. The brush just adds to the fun. 5.9mi
May 30, 2021
Rex Macey
Mar 6, 2021
Schandra Loveless
10mi — 1h 00m
Sep 5, 2020
Mike Go
Trail is in great condition. Love the downhill after the overlook. Wickedly fun! 8.5mi — 1h 04m
Sep 7, 2019
Theodore Gunther
Aug 30, 2019
Dan Gould
Jul 9, 2019
Christine Lee
9.6mi
May 27, 2019
Jason Long
Nice trails, foliage a bit overgrown making the trail tight. 9.2mi — 1h 11m