The Best of Dupont: Burnt Mtn. / Cedar Rock Big Rock Figure-Eight

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5.9 Miles 9.4 Kilometers



794' 242 m


-796' -243 m


3,064' 934 m


2,644' 806 m



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This short but exhilarating figure-eight has everything Dupont has to offer.

Logan Watts


This may be my favorite ride. It has slickrock, flowy singletrack with rollers and rocky, technical descents.

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Park at the Corn Mill Shoals parking area in Dupont.


Start on Corn Mill Shoals (a doubletrack trail) and follow the sandy path through ups and downs until you get to the second entrance to the Burnt Mountain trail. Burnt starts out as a moderate flowy trail with gentle ups and fairly fast downs, accompanied by a couple of nice rollers and a double.

After a nice little meandering climb through the forest, there's a short, rocky and brutally technical descent that has a couple of advanced sections and drops that may be walked by all but skilled riders.

After arriving back at Corn Mill Shoals, take a right and follow the path to a fork where you'll split left at the Little River Trail, another doubletrack road. Follow the Little River Trail and skip the first entrance to Cedar Rock Trail on the left and across creeks, rocks and up a steep and washed out section that's the second entrance to the Cedar Rock trail. At the power line clearing, take a left up the 'East Coast Slick Rock' and follow the cairns up the sometimes steep and beautiful climb to the Big Rock trail sign.

After enjoying the view at the top, follow Big Rock up a rooty ascent and then begin the downhill on the pitted and precarious slick rock. Watch out for a couple of rock drops that sneak up on you as you make your way to the more advanced and technical rocky downhill that brings you back to Corn Mill Shoals.

If you'd like a longer route, this route pairs well with the Best of DuPont ride, making for a longer, though well-worthwhile adventure!


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Jan 31, 2017
Lucas Cerveny
A tough climb but worth it
Jan 28, 2017
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Jan 21, 2017
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Jan 14, 2017
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Dec 31, 2016
The Amateur Adventurers
Great Ride! 8mi — 2h 00m
Nov 12, 2016
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Nov 5, 2016
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Oct 27, 2016
Derek Gillamonster
Awesome ride! Favorite so far in NC. East Coast Slick Rock and technical rooty downhill. 6mi — 3h 00m

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All Clear 15 days ago
Dry, Some Mud: Its usually only wet where it floods or creeks haha, enjoy!
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Rode this figure 8 on 12/31/16! Great trails. Fast flow sections with great use of natural features to slow you down in time for some great technical single track. Big climb up the slick rock before reaching the top of Cedar Rock but totally worth it. Be sure to pay attention to the well mapped trail signs so that you do these loops in the right direction for the best ride. Jan 2, 2017

I would consider myself an intermediate rider, as well as the group of 6 i will be with. How much time should I allow for this ride? Of course I know that things happen but in a perfect world, no flats, no mechanicals, or injuries, how long would this loop take? Mar 28, 2017

@Ruben, that depends how fast you ride. 5 days ago

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