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Black Mountain Loop

 4.7 (33)

12.2 Miles 19.7 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

2,244' 684 m

Ascent

-2,231' -680 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

4,171' 1,271 m

High

2,159' 658 m

Low

Shared By Kristen Arendt

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

Kristen Arendt

Dogs Unknown

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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.

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Aug 14, 2018
C 2
Only did the lower sections ! Phenomenal! 8mi
Jul 25, 2018
Kevin Dubois
Did Bennett gap loop and black mountain loop back to back. Fire roads up hill, hike a bike at the top a bunch, enduro downhill.
Jun 30, 2018
Adam Sauro
Trail follows the fall line on the descent. Expect janky, washed out spots due to erosion. 15.4mi — 2h 16m
Jun 16, 2018
MP Spierer
May 15, 2018
Greg Sparks
12mi
Apr 1, 2018
Jillian Foss
17mi
Mar 4, 2018
Logan Taylor
14.7mi
Nov 23, 2017
T.J. Morton
What a way to spend Thanksgiving afternoon!!! 16.1mi — 2h 42m

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  4.7 from 33 votes

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in Avery Creek

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Long fire road climb followed by 2 miles of nasty hike-a-bike. A couple of short descents followed by more climbing, then you are rewarded by fast as hell downhill with some sections full of non-stop drops. Plenty of off camber roots and rocks as well to keep you on your toes. Nov 15, 2017
Vu Tran
Vienna Va
Vu Tran   Vienna Va
Wow wow wow. Just spent last weekend with the fellas May 9, 2018

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