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Hang Glider Summit Loop

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 2.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is great backcountry riding for the exploration biker or backcountry rider. BRING A MAP!


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Map Key

7.6

Miles

12.2

KM

75%

Singletrack

855' 261 m

High

326' 99 m

Low

959' 292 m

Up

959' 292 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

A full loop with tough climbs, loose rocks, and death grip tech and gnar on the descents. This loop encompasses the multi-use trails Morgan Trail #718, Hang Glider Trail #719, River Trail #713, Cotton Place Road, and Burl Tree Way #717. Throw in the great view from the top and you have great backcountry riding!

Need to Know

In addition to using active roads and crossing motorized vehicle trails, all of the trails on this loop are multi-use. Be on the lookout for hikers and equestrian riders. If you plan on doing some exploring, bring a map to help guide you!

Description

Park after the bridge on the Hunt Camp Road. You'll see signage for Burl Tree Way #717, head up this trail about 50 feet to reach the start of Morgan Trail #718 on the right.

Morgan has some fun cross-country up and down riding with technical ascents and descents mostly due to loose rock. You'll cross the Rocky Mountain Loop OHV #92 trail twice and then Dickey Bell OHV #91 before crossing Dutch John Road to take a left on Hang Glider Trail #719. There's no signage here, just follow the salmon/pink paint.

Hang Glider is a good climb (and maybe a hike-a-bike) to the top of the hill where the trail T's at an intersection. Head right for the summit for the views. When you get back to the intersection, take the other option onto the Buttermilk Trail #720. This long technical descent ends on Cotton Place Road across from River Trail #713. If you're feeling adventurous you can take the River Trail #713, but it involves a lot of bushwhacking and spider webs if it's at all overgrown.

Otherwise, head left onto the road as mapped for just shy of 1.5 miles of easy pedaling. Where the road intersects with Burl Tree Way #717, head left for a steady but manageable ascent up rutted doubletrack. This will give way to some rolling, somewhat flowy singletrack that makes a fun descent back down to where the ride started.

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joseph litaker

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  2.5 from 6 votes

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Tree across the road.
Dec 13, 2017 near Badin, NC

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Apr 25, 2020
Blake Ferree
This trail was pretty bad. It is also a horse trail and is a muddy mess covered in a good amount of horse crap. There were a couple of ok descents… 7.6mi
Jun 15, 2018
Luis Velez
Up to summit and back