“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
. Followed by a fun descent that starts on the northern half of Spearfinger
and back to Tinker's Dream
Go and enjoy!