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Black Mountain Loop

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 4.4 (78) 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

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

  4.4 from 78 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
Watch out for rattlesnakes - on top of Black Mountain view point.
May 16, 2019 near Brevard, NC
Gnarly steps on Black Mountain descent.
Sep 23, 2014 near Brevard, NC

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May 30, 2021
Trevor Norris
May 28, 2021
Scott Christman
May 10, 2021
Matt Dykstra
12.2mi
Apr 7, 2021
Melissa Miller
Apr 6, 2021
Bob H
Hike-a-bike is real and takes away from the ride. Never again. 11.9mi — 5h 15m
Nov 22, 2020
lukasz drogowski
Nov 18, 2020
Alex Guerra
5/5, long climb with tons of hike-a-bike, rough and chunky descent.
Oct 16, 2020
Joseph Medeiros