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Kessel Run

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Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 120' 36 m
Descent: -642' -196 m
High: 2,884' 879 m
Low: 2,335' 712 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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

Vinnie Connors

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

This is the only one-way trail in the Fire Mountain Trail System. Downhill only—do not try to climb this 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!

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Land Manager: City of Cherokee, NC

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Check-Ins

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
Apr 7, 2019
Don P
2.4mi — 16h 30m
Nov 11, 2018
Vinnie Connors
Full DH runs on Kessel Run and Uktena 15.2mi — 1h 43m

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  4.9 from 22 votes

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  4.9 from 22 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
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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