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Black Mountain Loop

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 4.5 (60) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An exhausting day combining long fire road climbs and very technical singletrack descents.


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12.2

Miles

19.7

KM

60%

Singletrack

4,171' 1,271 m

High

2,159' 658 m

Low

2,244' 684 m

Up

2,231' 680 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

If you're looking for a taste of Pisgah without biting off a full day of extremely technical singletrack, this ride features the Black Mountain trail downhill in its entirety with a tough climb up Clawhammer Road.

Description

Starting at the Pisgah Ranger Station, turn right onto Highway 276 (busy highway most of the times). Turn right on Avery Creek Road to start the climb. This section is gradual, and be sure to enjoy the warm-up on the easy stretch.

At just over 2.5 miles, turn right onto Clawhammer Road. Clawhammer is one of the necessary evils in Pisgah. It's a long gravel road/doubletrack that climbs over 1,300 ft. Just keep going, as the descent is well worth the climb!

From Clawhammer Road, turn onto Black Mountain Trail (#127). This trail is legendary for many reasons, but mostly it is known for its downhill, which loses over 1900 ft. from its highest point. Black Mountain has plenty of technical riding. There are loads of rocks, small drops, and some eroded areas. Overall, the trail gets less technical the closer you get toward the bottom.

There is a solid amount of gnar between the summit of Black Mountain. and the Turkeypen Gap trailhead. This section is steep, with ditched-out trail and waterbars that don't function anymore. The lower section near Thrift Cove is more mellow than the upper.

Eventually, the trail ends at FSR #5061. Turn right on the road to return to the trailhead.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt with improvements by Christian E and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 60 votes

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in Avery Creek

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Photos

The last section of lower black with Christopher Langley!
Feb 11, 2018 near Brevard, NC
Spectacular view from atop Black Mountain.
Jun 14, 2017 near Brevard, NC
A legendary downhill.
Jul 9, 2013 near Brevard, NC
The drops keep on coming at you.
Jul 9, 2013 near Brevard, NC
Gnarly steps on Black Mountain descent.
Sep 23, 2014 near Brevard, NC
Riding down Lower Black Mountain in Pisgah National Forest on a dropbar trail bike.
Jul 11, 2019 near Brevard, NC

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Jun 21, 2020
Jillian Foss
Dec 7, 2019
Olivier Barbier
Nov 10, 2019
Blake-Christie Miller
Nov 2, 2019
Andy Murray
Oct 23, 2019
Darrin Purcell
monster climb with the hike a bike section in the back for a really rough and rugged descent....hard to get any rythmn 12mi — 3h 00m
Sep 22, 2019
Shawn Russell
Got lit up by ground Hornets 13.6mi
Aug 13, 2019
Kaleb Ealahan
15mi — 2h 10m
Aug 5, 2019
Mr D (avid) R.