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Fire On The Mountain

 16 votes


5.2 Miles 8.3 Kilometers




737' 225 m


-737' -225 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (9°)

2,927' 892 m


2,237' 682 m



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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.
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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.

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May 12, 2018
Anthony Sebastian
Portion of all trails today 6.5mi
May 11, 2018
Anthony Sebastian
All trails except uktena 8mi
Apr 14, 2018
Nicholas Feliciano
first time on this trail and liked it. it was easier going up spearfinger but my legs was still burning. Great run on Kessel better then ridgeline
Mar 21, 2018
Allen Braswell
Dec 30, 2017
Joshua Payne
Dec 16, 2017
Corey Korpela
Watch out for the freeze thaw. 11mi
Dec 3, 2017
Edward Gurley
Sick downhill! 10.4mi
Nov 14, 2017
Chuck Coogler
Spearfinger to kessel run 7.1mi

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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. Nov 19, 2017
Took left on Tinker at trailhead and up Lazy Elk to Spearfinger uphill to Fire Tower and turned left to try and find the tower, turned around as I didn't know where I was going to end up, if anyone has gone to the tower itself Id love to know how the ride to it was, and how long? Proceeded back on Spearfinger up to Kessel Run, took it all the way down and came back up Spearfinger and then down Ukena which was one of the best descents I have ever done, so much fun. Exactly what a mountain bike downhill trail is supposed to be like IMO. Such creek crossings, some tight switchbacks, long undulating descents mixed with burns and jumps. Just pure joy to ride. Worth ever bit of the climbs, which really are not that bad. Apr 23, 2018

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