San Lee Full Tour
ElevationAscent: 632' 193 m
Descent: -636' -194 m
High: 399' 122 m
Low: 270' 82 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
Popular rides nearby
Governors Creek Mountain Bike Trail
5.1 mi 8.1 km • Loop • 245 ft Ascent 74.74 m Ascent
Harris Lake - Hog Run trails full CCW loop
10.3 mi 16.6 km • Loop • 261 ft Ascent 79.51 m Ascent
Smith Lake Mountain Bike Trail
10.1 mi 16.3 km • Loop • 465 ft Ascent 141.88 m Ascent
Umstead Bridle Path Loop
16.1 mi 26.0 km • Loop • 987 ft Ascent 300.98 m Ascent
Lake Crabtree Loop
7.4 mi 11.9 km • Loop • 240 ft Ascent 73.09 m Ascent
“Lots of options to make this trail a good XC ride or a difficult and fun all-mountain gem.”— Russell Hobart
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
-Riders should sign in at the upper trailhead prior to riding (this is how the park justifies funding these trails!)
-Do not modify the trail
-Allow time to finish outings before the park closes
-It is recommended to ride with someone else
-Ride only on officially marked trails
Once you're on the trail, you find an initial section of uphill. From there, the trail goes through some nice rollers and berms as it carves through both sides of the gorge.
Jump off on the first technical section Bouldergeist, and then reconnect with The Gorge which flows directly into the Gatewood trail, which represents more of the same.
Gold Rush picks up where Gatewood leaves off. The trail flows well and has some jumps that if taken slowly are quite moderate.
There are two short technical spots that you can walk your bike through. Skydive is a steep drop that can be handled with relative ease. The other is the Ledges area that consists of ledgy (surprise) rock formations that can be bypassed with a steep climb to the left.
Most of the uphills are pretty even and relatively comfortable except for one climb near the end that can be a bit vigorous.
As Gold Rush ends, you can jump on The Gauntlet. This section mostly consists of navigating some rock gardens. This is one of the less difficult technical sections.
As soon as The Gauntlet ends, you are soon on the main trail where you can peel off onto the Free Fall area.
If you are not a technical rock hopper, this could be the longest 0.8 miles of your life. The trail weaves back and forth through boulders and other rock features. There are various named features (The Jaw, Chia-head, Dragon's Back, etc) that would be painful to fail on.
Free Fall will spit you out on the Owl Hollow, which starts with some tight turning in a thick pine forest then soon gives you a lot of speed and good overlooks of the lake. As long as you ride the brakes, there is nothing too technical, but you'll miss out on a lot of the fun.
Turn off on another short technical rock garden called the Rock Nest Monster.
Enjoy a river crossing and you come in to the Slick Rock trail.This Slick Rock trail starts as you'd expect with a slick rock section. Like most trails at San Lee, there is an easier and harder start. Pay attention to the signs.
The trail trends uphill with some nice rolling sections and tricky work on rocky terrain. The trail designers really squeezed a lot into this small area. Enjoy cutting through the Twin Peaks rock formation. The trail ends at the Gravity Park.
At the Gravity Park, you have various options to head down with the potential to take huge jumps and fly around big berms.
After finishing at the Gravity Park, make your way down to a rocky creek crossing and arrive at Dragons Tail. Splash through the creek and switchback your way uphill. Stay left as you pass the Bailout to MTB Parking Lot and continue through some rolling switchbacks that eventually drop you off near the entrance to the park. Head back to the parking lot.
Land Manager: Lee County, NC