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Fire On The Mountain

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5.2 Miles 8.3 Kilometers



737' 225 m


-737' -225 m


2,927' 892 m


2,237' 682 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (9°)

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A loop at the newly opened Fire Mountain Trail System accessed from the Oconaluftee Trailhead.

Mike Eagan


This is a new trail system built by Trail Dynamics, sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It has excellent flow and most switchbacks are bermed to keep speed and momentum with super radius and curvatures.


Most trails are easy to intermediate with one "Advanced" segment. I only rode the beginner-intermediate route this time. The plans are to expand already.

This loop, as seen on the elevation graph, begins on Tinker's Dream and is almost entirely up for the first half on Lazy Elk and Spearfinger. Followed by a fun descent that starts on the northern half of Spearfinger onto Uktena and back to Tinker's Dream.

Go and enjoy!


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Nov 14, 2017
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Spearfinger to kessel run 7.1mi
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Best use of effort and time- Up Fire Tower (steep grind but not too long) to Spearfinger to Kessel Run. Only 1.2 mile ride to top this way! Down Kessel Run to Lazy Elk to Tinker's Dream to parking lot. Back up Fire Tower to Spearfinger down Uktena to Tinker's Dream to parking lot. If you play around on Tinker's and Kate's Wave first then climb Spearfinger to Kessel. Avoid climbing Uktena- painful. Jun 21, 2017
Rode the Fire On The Mountain loop this weekend. It is a fantastic trail system. We only did the 5.2 mile loop described, because we wanted to move on to Tsali for a second ride of the day. In retrospect, this trail system is so good we all wish we'd stayed to do a second loop with a descent down Kessel Run instead of leaving to do the Tsali ride. It is that good! Nov 13, 2017
Rode this trail system for the first time om 11/19/2017. Great riding, I could ride this all day long its so smooth and non technical. Its like a fire road combined with single track and BMX. I disagree that it is any better than Tsali, its just different. I love the wooded single track at Tsali, and the more remote experience. This is a trail good for people starting out MTB'ing then move on the more difficult and challenging terrain. The added security of being no more than 2.5 miles from the parking lot is nice if riding alone. 3 days ago

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