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Fire On The Mountain

 4.5 (25)

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


Shared By Mike Eagan


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

Mike Eagan

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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.

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Oct 7, 2018
Richard Blevins
Sep 6, 2018
Jim Yamin
Definitely lived up to the hype - what a fun ride! 5.2mi
Sep 6, 2018
Hiram Ramos
9 hrs en ruta y para el Trail 15mi
Aug 12, 2018
Tom Tomaka
2 runs down Kessel. Whoopee! 12mi
Jul 27, 2018
George Cline
Jun 12, 2018
Michael Sulprizio
12mi — 2h 00m
May 12, 2018
Anthony Sebastian
Portion of all trails today 6.5mi
May 11, 2018
Anthony Sebastian
All trails except uktena 8mi

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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
WOW what a fun system to ride! Jun 18, 2018
Fire on the Mountain is an awesome trail system that is well maintained by the Cherokee Tribe. It's a super fun, flowy single track with some good climbing and great downhill with banked turns. The guy that said it's for beginners is crazy. You get a great workout on groomed trails in the amazingly beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains. I've been riding for many years and had a blast. All of the trails are very well marked, and you can ride until you are exhausted, with a smile on your face. Big thank you to the Cherokee Tribe for making this available. Aug 9, 2018

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