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San Lee Full Tour

 38 votes


10.4 Miles 16.7 Kilometers




656' 200 m


-659' -201 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (5°)

393' 120 m


267' 81 m



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Lots of options to make this trail a good XC ride or a difficult and fun all-mountain gem.

Russell Hobart


-All riders must wear a helmet ($100 fine)
-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
Though this trail comes in as a Black Diamond, the most technical/difficult sections can be bypassed or taken slowly enough that they lose their bite. Typically there are a few riders at this park. The loop runs one way and has lots of options and ride-arounds for technical features. Lots of great rock gardens and berms throughout.


To find the start from the MTB parking lot, head down to where you drove in. Go up the road to the upper parking lot and pass the camper parking. Look for The Gorge trail that heads back into the woods, and you'll find good trail signage.

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

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Feb 3, 2018
Kent Irving
Sucks unless you go straight to downhill park
Dec 29, 2017
Dan D.
Dec 23, 2017
Jeff Whitford
Dec 18, 2017
Travis Dilworth
Did a quick ride of all the lines in gravity park. Ate it hard on Mega Jump.
Dec 16, 2017
Dan Swiniarski
Dec 10, 2017
Anthony Dickinson
Nov 19, 2017
Travis Dilworth
Best DH/Free ride trails in the area

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  4.5 from 38 votes


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Brian Lusher
Augusta, GA
Brian Lusher   Augusta, GA
Good trail, I would recommend a full suspension bike, the roots got annoying on the HT. Overall the trails are well marked and serious time and effort has been put into the design of the features on here. Great work from the locals who keep this up! Jun 24, 2014
No fun. Apr 6, 2016
Kent Irving
Dudley, NC
Kent Irving   Dudley, NC
Went here because it was #8 in NC and that sounded impressive. I really didn't enjoy this trail. It seemed like almost constant pedaling, with very little downhill reward for all the uphill. The rock gardens are cool until you stall out, and then it seems impossible to get moving again. I think the gravity park might be what gets this trail such high ratings. The trail seemed to be maintained very well and had some nice berms and other features. I just don't know where people get the speed to hit them. Maybe it was just an off day... Feb 5, 2018

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