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Fire On The Mountain

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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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Jan 24, 2019
Will Lovett
Dec 27, 2018
Lauren Day
Nov 19, 2018
Michael Hanson
Dry cleaners dictions, just lots of leaves. Big laurel leaves make Kessel Run a little slick at speed in the corners. Averaged 16 mph down Kessl Run. 15mi — 2h 30m
Oct 21, 2018
Brandon Whitney
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

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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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