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Trace Ridge Trail #354

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.1 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 135' 41 m
Descent: -1,202' -366 m
High: 3,464' 1,056 m
Low: 2,263' 690 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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A great Pisgah descent.

Travis Williams

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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The upper section of Trace Ridge north of the Spencer Gap Trail #600 intersection towards the parkway is a hiking-only trail.

Description

This trail has a steep, short climb in the beginning up to the Trace Ridge Peak then an almost 1000-foot descent down to the Trace Ridge trailhead parking lot. It is mosly hard pack clay with loose rocks and large bolders mixed in. Lots of erosion on the trail creates a fun technical downhill some small drops. This one might not be as hard as other Pisgah descents, but it's still not for beginners.

The southern portion of the trail is a fun, fast descent with lots of optional technical trail features. About 0.5 miles from the parking area, you'll see the older lower trace ridge trail that has been officially closed. Follow the sign on the left to continue down the new redirected portion. Keep right at the intersection with the Wash Creek Trail. The remainder of the trail contains lots of natural and man-made features to have some extra fun on before terminating on the North Mills River Trail.

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Sep 10, 2019
Greg Tempel
Loose and rocky. Lot's of erosion creates a center gully. 26mi — 3h 09m
Sep 4, 2019
Walter F Banner
Clean ride with Curt Mueller and Patrick McMahon 17.8mi — 3h 21m
Apr 18, 2018
tubb nation
Jan 1, 2018
Noah Sloan
Fun fast rutted out. One for the books

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in North Carolina

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The Trace Ridge descent is littered with small loose rocks.
Apr 6, 2017 near Avery C…, NC
The fast section after some huge ruts.
Sep 18, 2019 near Avery C…, NC

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