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Kessel Run

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 4.9 (27)

The highlight trail of the Fire Mountain Trail System, this one is fast, fun, and oh-so-much flow.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Singletrack

2,884' 879 m

High

2,335' 712 m

Low

120' 36 m

Up

642' 196 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

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This is a one-way, downhill only trail — do not try to climb this trail. One Way Only: This is designated as a directional trail.

Description

Kessel Run starts at the very top of Fire Mountain and can be accessed by climbing either Spearfinger or Uktena. The trail crosses over Waya at a horseshoe-shaped wooden bridge and crosses Lazy Elk at the 1.8 mile mark before ending at another intersection with Lazy Elk. If you add the end of Lazy Elk and Kate's Wave to this run, you get a 3.5 mile total downhill. The terrain is mostly smooth singletrack with tons of berms, rollers, a few jumps, and one optional technical rock garden. The flow is almost endless!

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Cherokee, NC

Shared By:

Vinnie Connors with improvements by Michael Murphy

Trail Ratings

  4.9 from 27 votes

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  4.9 from 27 votes
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Kessel Run to Lazy Elk to Kate's Wave - Fire Mountain Trails - Cherokee, NC - 11/11/2018
Nov 18, 2018 near Cherokee, NC
Kessel Run - Fire Mountain - Cherokee, NC - 8/20/2017
Aug 22, 2017 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
Lazy Elk - Fire Mountain Trails - Cherokee, NC
Oct 28, 2017 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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Oct 23, 2020
Lost Justpastnowhere
Sep 4, 2020
Christopher Angel
Nov 21, 2019
Michael Murphy
Nov 8, 2019
Nick Niebuhr
Jun 17, 2019
David Nonnie
2.1mi
May 18, 2019
Randy Taylor
FAST and rideable
May 14, 2019
Don Childrey
Great! 2.1mi
Apr 13, 2019
Connor Woodruff