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Pilot Rock

 5.0 (24)

2.2 Miles 3.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

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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

Low

Shared By Paul Stahlschmidt

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All Clear 15 days ago
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One memorable downhill!

Paul Stahlschmidt

Dogs Unknown

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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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Oct 7, 2018
Connor Woodruff
Jun 12, 2018
Lee Isenbarg
Jun 9, 2018
Terry A
Apr 17, 2018
woodchip yo
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

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  5.0 from 24 votes

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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
This trail is no joke - if you're looking for a steep, chunky trail with high consequences, look no more. I first rode this trail on my rigid almost 2yrs ago, loved it then. Rode it last week on my squish, loved it even more (now that I have a dropper)! Apr 24, 2018

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