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Middle Earth

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Movin' on up in skills and difficulty.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Singletrack

3,566' 1,087 m

High

3,398' 1,036 m

Low

177' 54 m

Up

141' 43 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Dogs must be on leash.

Description

Rated Intermediate, this is a step up from Rocky Branch Trail. Expect loose rocks and a bigger grunt (100 ft. of climbing in the first .6 mi). Middle Earth provides access to the more advanced trails and skills areas at the park, which are found near near the "Saddle" at 3560 ft.

Bikes are encouraged to ride counter-clockwise. Passing the powerline cut twice, ride Rocky Branch (clockwise) for approx. 1.5 mi., then take a left on (and up) Middle Earth. Riders should note that when you decend from the "saddle" and powerlines that there are some very rocky sections before merging with Rocky Branch. To avoid this section, a bypass has been created via Boat Rock and the Middle of Nowhere Connector.

Contacts

Local Club: Boone Area Cyclists

Land Manager: Watauga County, NC

Shared By:

Paul Stahlschmidt

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  4.2 from 5 votes

#8428

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#281

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#8,428

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Photos

View from Middle Earth Trail
May 14, 2013 near Boone, NC
Rolling the Roman Road section on Middle Earth Trail. Photo by Kristian Jackson
May 16, 2013 near Boone, NC
"Skinny Skills" Area
May 17, 2013 near Boone, NC
Alt. Line on Middle Earth. Photo by Lynn Willis
Jun 5, 2013 near Boone, NC
PBJ Berm
Aug 1, 2013 near Boone, NC
Early air on PBJ
Aug 1, 2013 near Boone, NC

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