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26 West Bike Park

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

To get there:

Directions: From the Winston area, take I40 west to Asheville, then follow 240 past downtown. Look for 26 west and follow for about 25 minutes until exit 3; you will see the Wolf Ridge ski mountain signs. At the bottom of the exit turn right onto Bear Branch road, and another right onto Hwy. 23. Then take your first left onto Laurel Valley Road, and then another quick left onto Puncheon Fork Road. Turn right onto Wolf Ridge Road at the Breakaway Village sign and you're there!

I rode this trail today. They have seven trail open. There are a lot of jumps and the ski lift takes you to the top. They do run your bike up in a truck, but the truck will always beat you to the top.

I rode up there with my SX trail (6 inches of travel) and had a great time. This is definitely not a cross country trail. You probably don't need a demo 9, but you should have a six inch travel bike minimum.

The trails are good. Still getting packed in, but you can go as big as you want or skip the features and just enjoy some fast technical single track.

This place could be the next Snowshoe. It isn't yet, but it could be some day. I think I made about 8 runs down and had a geat time. I will definitely going back.

The lifts start running at 10:00 am and run until 6:00 pm on the weekends. There are not a lot of concessions up there, so be sure to bring some snacks and water.

I just moved to Charlotte from Florida, and this is the only real freeride/downhill that i've found so far. I'm grateful they have put this park in place. If you like to bomb downhill, hit some nice jumps, and not have to pedal up 6 miles on fireroads, this is the place for you. I don't care if you're Sam Hill, there are features you'll love. There are two big road gaps that are nice and a 20 ft gap jump you can hit. But, like Snowshoe, you can opt out of all features.

Get up there and check it out. It was definitely worth the 2.5 hour drive to get out there and I'll be going back.
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35.581699
Longitude
-82.554155
Trail Length
5
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Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
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Asheville
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NC
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SPC ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Unfortunatly, This trail is closed.



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Review Date
May 13, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: agblanco ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Does this place really exist? I'm very excited at the opportunity. Unfortunately I can't get any info on the place outside of reviews and location online.

The website doesn't work b/c someone forgot to renew the URL with the online registrar. I have left messages at (828) 689-2020 and noone calls me back. I tried emailing them at 26west@breakawaync.com but no luck there either.

Where can you stay that's cheap (under $100 night) - Based on these reviews does anyone have any info on the trails as of May 2009? Is it still Freeride or Downhill or is ther Trail Riding here too?

Someone let me know b/c I want to go but before I drive 200 miles with the wrong bike.....

Recommended Route:
Dont know yet

Other recommended trails in the same area:
TBD



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Review Date
July 31, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: robertbeckman ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Visited on the second weekend it was open, the place was great for some super-fast dh runs, and some good jumps, step-up, and tabletops. We drove all the way from Bama, and it was well worth the trip. Hope to make it back soon. Props to ryan for all the hard work!

Recommended Route:
Village DH, or straight down the gut @ 40 mph!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
? None that are freeride, but if anyone comes to Bama, check out Hurricane Creek Park!



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Review Date
July 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mpvanger ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode Village DH, YoB, Easy Does it, but avoided Facebreak in the slick conditions. Village DH was a blast; nice stepdown, tabletop section at the top, then into the woods narrow benchcut with a few jumps, then steep DH turns to the bottom, lots of fun. YoB was tight through the woods, with sweet tight little bermed turns, decent jumps, no big gaps. Easy does it takes you to the FR section; the drops are smooth, the stepup fun, this runs into the main ski slope, straight line with small rocks or winding down the face on a grassy cut that could use some more bermage to really get going. Lots of little side trails with jumps and one bigger gap on the main slope face. Definitely recommend getting out for a ride. Check it out.

Recommended Route:
Village DH was my favourite.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not a local, can't say.



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Review Date
July 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tvanderkamp ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I wanted to review 26 West Bike Park. I had been hearing about it for awhile now. I finally decided to drive out there and check it out. The truth is I was afraid that it really did not exist. I was pleasantly suprised to find it open and ski lifts running.

I rode all the trails. There are a ton of jumps. Gaps, tabletops, drops, doubles, road gaps, board drops, and one nice step up jump. And, like Snowshoe, you can opt out of all features.

This is not a cross country trail. Don't go out there with your four inch travel bike. Six inches of travel or better is really what you need. If you like to wear spandex as opposed to a full-face helmet, you might want to skip this one and go to Bent Creek instead. You won't have a good time.

If there is anything negative about 26 West it is that the runs are fairly short. I would say they are comparable to the basin side at Snowshoe in length. They are planning on adding another 400 ft of vertical drop but haven't got it done yet.

I was so glad to get out there and find the place open and have 10-15 other downhillers out there. It was a good time and definitely a good vibe. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get some air, challenge thier bike, and pick up some speed and skill. If you like Snowshoe, you will like 26 West. Is it as good as the Shoe? Of course not. But then, what is? For Western North Carolina, 26 West Rocks!



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