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Pilot Rock

 15 votes

Length

2.2 Miles 3.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

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Ascent

-1,526' -465 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

4,852' 1,479 m

High

3,325' 1,014 m

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Snowy - Snowy for the first half mile coming down - perfect otherwise History

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One memorable downhill!

Paul Stahlschmidt

Overview

Description

From the top of the Laurel Mountain Connector, Pilot starts rolling fast immediately. For the first half-mile, the trail follows the ridge and drops through more Laurel thickets and straight-lines through much of it, dropping 200 feet in the process. Soon after that, the trail begins to get rockier and rockier and very tight switchbacks start appearing. This is what Pilot Rock is known for.

This trail comes with consequences. The rocks in the middle of the trail are often thick, and the out-slope of the trail (especially at the switchbacks) is near the edge of steep dropoffs. There are amazing views along this stretch, so taking it slow can be a great thing!

There is a beast of a rock garden that appears after you get below Pilot Rock itself. This is rideable for experts, but a very rugged section. Beyond that, the trail starts to straighten out and flat out rips again. Near the bottom there is one creek crossing before FS 1206.

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Feb 1, 2018
Forrest Cory
Snow at the very top but perfect otherwise
Oct 11, 2017
Richard Peters
Apr 1, 2017
Todd Edwards
Oct 23, 2016
Hillary Rose Owens
Sep 23, 2016
woodchip yo
Apr 23, 2016
Johnny Davis
Absolute blast. Rode with a Phil and Mr. Paul
Oct 21, 2015
Jake Lee
Oct 17, 2014
Shane Garan

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This trail is steep, chunky, and exposed. The switchbacks can definitely eat your lunch! One of the best trails in the area for sure Nov 30, 2015
My favorite legal Pisgah trail. Dec 24, 2017

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