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Spencer Gap -Trace Ridge Loop

 12 votes

Length

7.2 Miles 11.5 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,043' 318 m

Ascent

-1,038' -316 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

3,460' 1,055 m

High

2,426' 739 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 80 days ago
Mostly Dry: Drying out for now. Some branches due to recent high wind. History

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

Travis Williams

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.
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Dogs: Off-leash

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.

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Apr 29, 2018
Gregory Cooper
7.2mi
Feb 1, 2018
Taylor LeCroy
I’d bring a change of shoes and socks next time. The Fletcher Creek crossing is fun but you’re going to get back to the car with wet feet.
Nov 5, 2017
Daniel Walker
very technical downhill, very washed out. leaves covered all the terrain making it dangerous. 8mi
Nov 5, 2017
Sam Robbins
Oct 22, 2017
Josh Hill
8.9mi
Aug 6, 2017
Enoel Hidalgo
Jul 21, 2017
Richard Blevins

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  4.3 from 12 votes

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This trail is crazy fast, it's right next to spencer branch but the difference is trace has a longer descent that's washed out. Aug 17, 2017

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