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Chimney Rock to Paint Mountain Short Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Steep, technical climb to a nice intermediate level descent.


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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

95%

Singletrack

2,554' 778 m

High

1,224' 373 m

Low

1,408' 429 m

Up

1,413' 431 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

A great loop to test a rider's ability and backcountry comfort level before committing to one of the longer rides of this system. Views and features that rival the best of Pisgah.

Need to Know

Bring swimming suit. The trail begins right next to the French Broad River, a great place for an after-ride swim. A ride summary can be viewed here.

Description

This ride starts out with a big, steep climb on Chimney Rocks #154 consisting of a healthy mix of hike-a-bike and pedaling when you can. Once you get to the summit, enjoy the views before you head west over to the Paint Mountain Trail #7.

From there, it's a solid intermediate descent with steep, exposed, fall lines that parallel the trail down to Weavers Bend Road 209C, which you'll cruise back east to the parking area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Collin Wheeler with improvements by Anthony D.

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 7 votes

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  3.7 from 7 votes
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Photos

Not an action pic, but views!
Sep 18, 2019 near Newport, TN
Connector where Short loop picks back up.
Sep 24, 2017 near Newport, TN
Just before short loop connector
Sep 24, 2017 near Newport, TN
Paint Mountain Trail overgrowth in the summer.
Apr 29, 2017 near Newport, TN

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Oct 24, 2019
Sean Wiggins
Ride clockwise not the way described. Still a little overgrown but ok this time of year. Some manageable down stuff on Chimney Rocks. 21mi
Jul 5, 2019
Phil Wheeler
Many trees down, overgrown. Not really rideable at this point.
Mar 31, 2018
Allen Braswell
Feb 10, 2018
Nick Banks
Awesome ride, go the opposite way the route tells you
Oct 16, 2017
James Martin
Tough to find 6mi