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Laurel Mountain

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 4.1 (25)

A gradual climb with some technical sections.


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6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

Singletrack

4,691' 1,430 m

High

3,161' 963 m

Low

1,580' 482 m

Up

50' 15 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Description

The most popular starting location for Laurel is from FS 1206 near Yellow Gap. From this Laurel trailhead, you can ride it as an out/back, or combine it with a loop on Pilot Rock. From 1206, Laurel is a climb that doesn't really let up, but it's gradual overall.

Some sections are steep though, and the trail passes through several named gaps. There are also many short, rocky sections throughout, but for the most part, this trail traverses the contours Laurel Mountain through some amazing groves of mature Mountain Laurel.

The mountain and trail are aptly named. The first five miles gain about 1000 ft. After about 5 or 6 miles there is a major hike-a-bike; youll know when you're there. The last mile, including this section, gains over 500 feet.

The intersection with the Laurel Mountain Connector near Turkey Spring Gap will be on the left. From here, you can continue with Pilot, or turn around and enjoy a return on Laurel downhill.

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Paul Stahlschmidt

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  4.1 from 25 votes

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Strem crossing on Laurel
Jun 13, 2013 near Mills R…, NC
Some nice, slick roots on Laurel in the rain.
Jun 13, 2013 near Mills R…, NC
The foliage of Laurel...
Jun 13, 2013 near Mills R…, NC

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May 28, 2020
Aaron Bland
Aug 25, 2019
Kale Stevens
Mar 17, 2019
LeRoux Jooste
Dry, some mud. First time up Laurel. (Down Pilot Rock) Some very steep hike-a-bike sections & extreme technical areas. (For intermediate guys like me) 14.4mi — 3h 00m
Oct 7, 2018
Connor Woodruff
Jun 12, 2018
Lee Isenbarg
May 11, 2018
Allen Braswell
long tough climb
Feb 1, 2018
Forrest Cory
Snow at the top starting a mile before the major hike a bike all the way up - slow and painful
Oct 11, 2017
Richard Peters