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Yancy Ridge Loop

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18.2 Miles 29.3 Kilometers



2,598' 792 m


-2,595' -791 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (15°)

3,073' 937 m


1,505' 459 m


Shared By Zach Morrow



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A jeep trail climb followed by great singletrack back down.

Zach Morrow

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Along Yancy Ridge near the end be prepared for massive eroded gulleys. Most have ride-arounds but with some skill you can ride through them. Beware of tire grabbers hidden in the leaves.


From FR 981, when you get to the concrete bridge, look to the right and there is a jeep trail (no gate) with a marker and one dot indicating it's a part of the MST. This is FR192, take it up. This road is severely eroded in places making the climb up not your usual mindless gravel road. You'll be forced to pay a little attention to what you are doing. At the top is Old House Gap. On your left are two boulders and a gate. You are going to the right on 4062.

Stay left at the first fork then right at the second. The second fork is clear, but not super obvious. You'll travel mostly downhill before hitting some large mounds and FR451 on your right. Ignore the road and hit Yancey Ridge Trail!

From here it's a mix of some wide open singletrack to washed out gulleys. Some pretty technical sections. You stay on the ridgeline and thus there are some steep, punchy climbs mixed in. The trail doesn't get a lot of use, so be prepared for some brushy sections and possible blow down if you hit it early in the season.


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Dec 28, 2018
Nicholas Feliciano
Gnarly trail. I can save 2 miles of climbing by parking closer to the end of the trail 18.2mi
Jul 14, 2018
Timothy Parrish
Gravel road up is a relatively easy climb. The eroded sections on Yancey Ridge are a great mind-boggling technical descent. 16.1mi — 3h 15m
Jan 3, 2018
Cameron Hetzler
Jul 22, 2017
Charlie Charping
Only 3 down trees. Good shape. 14.3mi
Feb 5, 2017
Shawn Moore
Oct 21, 2016
tom wiegand
Jan 9, 2016
Charlie Charping

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Obviously not a popular opinion, but I wasn't that psyched on this ride. The descents on the ridge are fun but brief with a bunch of slogging in-between, and the big erosion rut is admittedly rowdy but not exactly good trail. Also just felt like one of those rides where you went up more feet than you got back, for how much vertical you gain the descent just isn't that great. May 4, 2018
I really enjoy the riding in Pisgah a lot. Yancy's ridge is a lot of fun, and pretty wild. It starts off with a 4x4 road as the climb. The climb is pretty mild, but does feel like it takes awhile. The scenery is very pretty, so take it in. As mentioned by Phil, a lot of the descending from the very top makes you feel as though you climbed more than you descended. It's ridge riding, so there are plenty of false descents and some of which that aren't very steep. However there are some crazy rowdy sections and line choice is to your benefit. You can get really hauling down some of the descents. It's backcountry Pisgah, so expect roots, rocks, drops, and big ruts. If you're curious to see some footage, here's some of my riding down the trail:… Feb 1, 2019

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