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The most popular loop in the Mills River area that pairs fire road ascents with fast singletrack descents.


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10.4

Miles

16.7

KM

50%

Singletrack

3,334' 1,016 m

High

2,401' 732 m

Low

1,278' 390 m

Up

1,278' 390 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This is the most popular loop in the Mills River area. Compared to other trails in Pisgah, it is friendlier to riders who lean on the intermediate side. The downhill segments are not that steep, so slower riders can take their time, while more advanced riders can build up some significant speed.

Need to Know

You can park at the "Trace Ridge TrailHead" or "Wash Creek Road Parking" - both are listed on Google Maps. Note that you'll have to drive a few minutes on forest service road, but its manageable even in a low clearance vehicle.

Description

You'll begin the ride by climbing Wash Creek Road (FR 5000), followed by a bit of singletrack climbing on Upper Spencer Gap. Once you reach the next intersection, you'll enjoy an incredible downhill on Upper Spencer Branch. You'll then climb just a little bit more on some doubletrack on Fletcher Creek Road before enjoying another amazing downhill down Upper Fletcher Creek. Be prepared for two creek crossings that are both rideable.

The last segment will be a little bit of singletrack climbing and another downhill on Lower Fletcher Creek.

You'll be spit out onto a Forest Service road that brings you back to the car.

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Shared By:

Hasan D

Trail Ratings

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in Trace Ridge

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Starting to get nice and techy!
Mar 15, 2019 near Avery C…, NC
Follow the signs for Spencer Gap when you reach this spot.
Apr 6, 2017 near Avery C…, NC
Ripping the top before it starts getting really tight...
Mar 15, 2019 near Avery C…, NC
Falling water on the gravel trail out
Jul 14, 2020 near Avery C…, NC
The Falls at the bottom of Fletcher Creek.
Mar 27, 2021 near Avery C…, NC
Fun trail to ride with an intermediate rider!
Sep 18, 2019 near Avery C…, NC

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