“A jeep trail climb followed by great singletrack back down.”
— Zach Morrow
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
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.