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Hang Glider Summit Loop

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7.6 Miles 12.2 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

959' 292 m

Ascent

-959' -292 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

855' 261 m

High

326' 99 m

Low

Shared By joseph litaker

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

joseph litaker

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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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Jun 15, 2018
Luis Velez
Up to summit and back

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I rode this trail for the first time today but I did not do the entire loop, so this is my review for the section of trail from Hang Glider Rock to the edge of the Uwharrie river. I did an out-and-back up the Hang Glider Rock trail. Let me first begin with what I first saw. Once you get to the trail intersection after pedaling the gravel road, you get a trail that is simply a runoff for rain water. It appears that during heavy rains a creek forms down the middle of most of this trail at the base of the mountain. It has left a trench about 3ft deep in some sections. Once you get past this though (going up), it becomes hike-a-bike until you reach the top of the mountain. Sure, there are a few sections you could pedal, but for the most part it's too loose with rocks and downed trees/branches. Which leads me to my next point, there is clearly no trail maintainence for this area because I cleared several trees (that weren't too big) and other obstacles for my return descent. I finally reached what I decided was the top for me because of 3 downed trees in a row. At this point I turned around and began my descent. Now let me premise this, have you ever seen the massive rock gardens likened to the DH World Cup tracks? Well, that is what this descent is like... and it is awesome quite frankly. Boulders; big rocks; little, loose rocks; big, loose rocks; roots and small drops into even more loose rocks and gnar. The downhill isn't very long or fast, but it is steep and technical and offers several line choices that will continually bottle neck into one line and open back up into a wide area for choosing lines again until you reach the runoff creek bed and finish back on the dirt road. I gave this trail a 2/5 only because this trail has potential to be really fun. But when they put these trails in, MTB was an afterthought to hikers and equestrian traffic. Or perhaps MTB just wasn't around when they made these trails. Either way, there is no trail maintenaince out here and no improvements coming in the foreseeable future. So here is your takeaway for the section from Hang Glider Rock heading north/east to the dirt road: It is more like a freeride trail that will funnel you into a narrow and deep runoff creek bed, it is very, very bumpy with loose rocks, rooty drops, steep grades and super gnar. Aug 7, 2018

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