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Yancy Ridge Loop

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 4.3 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A jeep trail climb followed by great singletrack back down.


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18.2

Miles

29.3

KM

40%

Singletrack

3,073' 937 m

High

1,505' 459 m

Low

2,598' 792 m

Up

2,595' 791 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

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.

Description

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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Zach Morrow

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 14 votes

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One of the many creek crossings.
Dec 8, 2017 near Linville, NC

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Apr 5, 2019
Tipper T
maybe 8-10 trees down, some are rideable, rutted descent is pretty intense. overall worth doing
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
19.1mi
Jul 22, 2017
Charlie Charping
Only 3 down trees. Good shape. 14.3mi
Feb 5, 2017
Shawn Moore
24mi
Oct 21, 2016
tom wiegand
Jan 9, 2016
Charlie Charping