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Dark Mountain

Intermediate

Trail

6.5 mile 10.4 kilometer point to point
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 578' 176 m
Descent: -579' -177 m
High: 1,236' 377 m
Low: 1,045' 318 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Paul Stahlschmidt

A bit of everything at Dark Mountain, the first of the mountain bike trails at Kerr Scott.

Paul Stahlschmidt

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Overview

Dark Mountain is the oldest of all the trail systems at the lake, and was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2005.

Description

There are several numbered and named small loops at Dark Mountain, all intersecting with the 2-track Core Trail which goes through the whole system. Follow the BLUE arrows for the all-encompassing route (mapped here on this featured ride), including the The Snake (#2) and Lake Loop (#5) trails that each contain a solid climb and descent.

From the trailhead, the climb up the Entrance Trail (#1) takes you through the first-built trails at the lake. After about a mile, you'll get through a very rooty section and begin a descent that winds down The Snake (#2) to another section of Fish Dam Creek waterway. Enjoy it, because as soon as you see the stream, you'll be begin a sustained 1-mile climb out.

Follow the Crossover Trail (#3), Dogtown (#4), and sections of the Core Trail to to get to the Lake Loop (#5) after about 3-4 miles in, where the ride begins the 200 foot newly rebuilt descent. A fantastic finale awaits after the climb back to the top of Dark Mountain, the exit trail. This section has hosted Downhill and Super-D events, and contains optional lines with big banked turns and jumps.

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Mar 30, 2019
Darrin Purcell
Really fun ...well groomed and managed. Climbs are rewarded with good fall lines. 6.5mi — 1h 00m
Oct 28, 2018
Luis Velez
Broke chain
Apr 6, 2018
David Amann
5mi
Mar 5, 2018
Alex Waterworth
Trails are in great shape. 8mi — 1h 35m
Feb 24, 2018
V Saint
6.4mi
Sep 3, 2017
John Metcalf
Sep 3, 2017
Pete Libby
Had a fun time, some of the uphills were a bit much for the 8yr old. New downhill section marked number 5 on map is very fun! 5.2mi
Apr 9, 2017
Josh McKay

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Photos

Exit Trail at Dark Mountain
Oct 13, 2017 near Millers…, NC
Climbing into Dark Mtn.
Oct 13, 2017 near Millers…, NC
Jumpin' around on Dark Mountain's finale. Photo by Richard Fink.
May 19, 2013 near Millers…, NC
Dark Mountain Descent - #6 Exit Trail.
Mar 5, 2018 near Millers…, NC
Dark Mountain Park and W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir
Oct 13, 2017 near Millers…, NC
Pink Panther.
Apr 17, 2016 near Millers…, NC

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