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Fire On The Mountain

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (55) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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5.2

Miles

8.3

KM

100%

Singletrack

2,927' 892 m

High

2,237' 682 m

Low

737' 225 m

Up

737' 225 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Overview

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.

Description

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!

Contacts

Shared By:

Mike Eagan with improvements by Larry Conger

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 55 votes

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Huge berms near bottom on the trail.
Jul 28, 2017 near Cherokee, NC
Spearfinger Trail - Fire Mountain - Cherokee, NC - 8/20/2017.
Sep 11, 2017 near Cherokee, NC
Uktena to Tinker's Dream to Kate's Wave - Fire Mountain Trails - Cherokee, NC - 11/11/2018
Nov 17, 2018 near Cherokee, NC
Riding over the bridge on Kessel!
Sep 1, 2017 near Cherokee, NC
Scenic vista on Lower Tinker's Dream at Fire Mountain in Cherokee, NC.
Aug 24, 2020 near Cherokee, NC
Really well constructed trails, these guys did a great job and created a wonderful asset for the WNC MTB community!
Sep 1, 2017 near Cherokee, NC

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Dec 15, 2020
Ted King-Smith
Trails were mostly dry and tacky with a couple of muddy spots and wet leaves. Otherwise ran great. Look out for the large downed tree on Utkena. 13mi — 2h 00m
Nov 22, 2020
Ken Ahrens
10mi — 2h 00m
Oct 23, 2020
Lost Justpastnowhere
Sep 4, 2020
Christopher Angel
Jul 9, 2020
Eric Roth
Mar 16, 2020
Adam Larson
Dec 30, 2019
Scott Wade
Great place! I dropped my friends off at casino and then I hit the trails. If your staying in gatlinburg area, be sure to drive over mountain. 5.1mi — 10h 30m
Aug 16, 2019
Miguel Hincapie