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Spencer Gap -Trace Ridge Loop

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 4.6 (39) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An up-and-down loop from Wash Creek Rd with over 1,000' of climbing and descent.


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7.2

Miles

11.6

KM

65%

Singletrack

3,460' 1,055 m

High

2,428' 740 m

Low

1,036' 316 m

Up

1,030' 314 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Overview

This loop features a mostly gravel road climb on Wash Creek Rd, followed by a fun, rewarding downhill singletrack back to the parking area. This one is intermediate in difficulty with a typical, technical, Pisgah-downhill, but not as hard as others you can ride in the area.

Need to Know

Area typically takes a little longer than other sections of Pisgah to dry out.

Last time I tried to drive from Bent Creek, Wash Creek Road was closed off just below the parkway. It's best to drive in from Mills River to avoid the potential road closure.

Description

This loop is a great, fast downhill with a moderate/easy climb to get there. The climb is mostly gravel/forest road with the last mile or two on singletrack. The descent is on mostly hard packed clay with lots of typical Pisgah terrain with some roots/rocks on washed-out/eroded trail with some small drops. Nothing too technical, except for the drops, but is moderately difficult due to the washed out trail.

Park at the Trace Ridge Trail #354 trailhead and ride back down the forest road entrance, turning left onto Wash Creek Rd. At mile 2.7, take a left at a gated forest road onto Spencer Gap Trail #600. Around 2.9 miles in, make a right to stay on Spencer Gap Trail #600.

This trail turns into singletrack from here on out. At mile 4.4, make a left onto Trace Ridge Trail #354. This is a short, steep ride to the top of Trace Ridge at mile 4.7. From here, enjoy an almost 1,000 ft singletrack descent back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

Travis Williams with improvements by Paul Y

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  4.6 from 39 votes

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The Trace Ridge descent is littered with small loose rocks.
Apr 6, 2017 near Avery C…, NC
Follow the signs for Spencer Gap when you reach this spot.
Apr 6, 2017 near Avery C…, NC
Near the start of the doubletrack.
Oct 20, 2020 near Avery C…, NC
Bikepacking Pisgah - Trace Ridge.
Dec 3, 2021 near Avery C…, NC
The fast section after some huge ruts.
Sep 18, 2019 near Avery C…, NC

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May 18, 2022
Josh Macfarland
7.2mi — 2h 00m
Jul 16, 2021
Stephen Thomas
May 28, 2021
Christopher Scott Renfro
perfection...no issues...still one of my favorite rides 7.7mi — 1h 15m
Sep 26, 2020
Sathish On a CX
Jun 14, 2020
Luca Cumani
5mi — 2h 00m
Mar 8, 2020
Matt Schwartz
Dec 30, 2019
Chris C
Sep 22, 2019
Kale Stevens