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Burnt Mountain

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 4.5 (30)

Excellent singletrack with only a short very technical section.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Singletrack

2,960' 902 m

High

2,686' 819 m

Low

338' 103 m

Up

332' 101 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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DuPont State Recreational Forest is a very popular multi-use, bi-directional trail system, so be on the lookout for hikers, horses, and other cyclists. It is normally open in any weather although it can close in extended periods of freeze/thaw during the winter.

Description

Burnt Mountain trail is a loop off of Corn Mill Shoals trail. With the exception of two short sections, this trail would be rated an easy/moderate trail and is really one of the nicest mountain bike trails in the Forest.

There are two schools of thought on the preferred route for this trail. One option is to take the leg farthest from Cascade Lake Road first since this is a more gradual climb (actually pretty flat and descending for a good part of the way). You'll wind around the mountain eventually getting to the top of the last of several climbs and start back down.

Fairly soon you'll come to a steep section with loose rocks and roots heading back down to Corn Mill Shoals Trail. The trail then gets easier for a little ways. Then things really get interesting! There is a section of armored trail around a hundred yards long that is brutal but mercifully short. Mountain bikers will need very good bike handling skills for the descent. Sensible riders with less than expert skills will elect to walk it.

The other option is to start with the tough climb and enjoy the long descent taking the loop counter-clockwise. A third option is to do it clockwise up to the gnarly bit and reverse course for a second crack at the fun parts. All are good options and Burnt Mountain Trail is a real treat.

For more information on this and all the trails in DuPont Forest, please visit dupontforesttrails.com

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Marty Spencer

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Photos

Lukas is biking down a rocky section.
Aug 20, 2019 near Brevard, NC
Andrew is biking on some rock.
Aug 20, 2019 near Brevard, NC
Starting the technical descent on Burnt Mtn.
May 19, 2013 near Brevard, NC
Climbing up Burnt
May 19, 2013 near Brevard, NC

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Nov 16, 2019
Carol Moskel
Nov 3, 2019
Andy Murray
Oct 15, 2019
Alexander Sviatogorski
Oct 9, 2019
Tom Higdon
Aug 8, 2019
Connor Parish
Done clockwise, this trail has a manageable climb that gives way to a killer descent featuring flow and rowdy tech which blend together very well. 2.2mi — 0h 28m
Jun 29, 2019
Tim Werdmann
Apr 8, 2019
Courtney Harasz
2.2mi
Sep 15, 2018
Stacey Vaughan
2mi