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Spencer Gap -Trace Ridge Loop

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7.2 Miles 11.5 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

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

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

Travis Williams

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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.

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Aug 4, 2018
Taylor Bradley
Jul 1, 2018
Abram Ullrich
Bit of some climbing rewarded with awesome descent 7.2mi
Jun 23, 2018
Mitch Tucker
7.2mi
Jun 8, 2018
Mike Hitmar
Next time, take Fletcher for the lower section.
Jun 3, 2018
Richard Peters
Jun 1, 2018
Richard Peters
May 26, 2018
Nicholas Feliciano
That was last of fun easy climb for a awesome DH 7mi
Apr 29, 2018
Gregory Cooper
7.2mi

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  4.4 from 18 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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