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4.3 mile 7.0 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 782' 238 m
Descent: -779' -238 m
High: 3,416' 1,041 m
Low: 2,664' 812 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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A great, classic little Pisgah loop.

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A great moderately technical Pisgah loop in a scenic forest with rocks, roots and a great downhill. A bit of a climb up, but the downhill on the other side is well worth the effort.


This is a classic, short Pisgah loop. It's moderately technical most of the way with a couple of trickier sections. Most people prefer to approach it counter-clockwise, but it can be ridden either way.

Follow the gravel road up from the parking area on 475. Cross the Davidson River over the wooden bridge and go right. Daniel Ridge Trail will split off hard left up a steep embankment near a beautiful, large waterfall. Follow the trail up a beautiful forested climb through some root switchbacks to a cleanable, but steep and rocky, doubletrack climb.

Now it's downhill for a while... great rocky downhill roller coaster that is technical enough to command your attention. Then you'll make a sharp left at some log steps where it intersects Farlow Gap trail. The descent mellows out at some forested track that brings you back to the river.


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May 15, 2019
Al B
Forest road climb followed by technical downhill. 6.8mi — 1h 25m
Nov 23, 2018
Nicholas Feliciano
Just as good as lower black rock
Oct 31, 2018
Sam Burns
counter clockwise = hike a bike 2.9 mi 4.3mi
Sep 1, 2018
Amy White
The western half of this is much more fun than the eastern - western is rocky, eastern is rooty winding through creeks, lots of bridges, bad if wet.
Sep 1, 2018
Lawrence Hall
Some mud. Climbs were slippery in places. Some drops with roots and rocks after them. A challenge in places up and down. 5mi
Aug 31, 2018
Mark Rexrode
4.3mi — 1h 30m
Jun 2, 2018
Allen Braswell
fun rocky and wet
Sep 27, 2017
Jeremy Burrell

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I lost a green Iphone 5c on the loop, if found please call 714-345-1713. Thank you! Jul 9, 2017
Definitely ride it counter clockwise (opposite of what the map directions are) for maximum fun. Aug 17, 2017

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