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fet rid of your campy hats and big wheels this isn't tsali -- it is the real deal: tech. climbs decents and miles of virgin single track -- get a mao an explore pisgah -- calabrate your skills
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Latitude
35.300556275022466
Longitude
-82.72979736328125
Trail Directions
get info at ranger station hwy 64 brevard pisgah nat'l forest. many options -- try black mtn. from ranger station to maxwell cove rd -- take a left, then take right on clawhammer ride to top take left on buckhorn gap to shelter (the trail head is a dead end you will pass others) ride till you get to avery creek take a left this will take you to a fire road -- take a left and then a right at the pavement, 1 mile will take you back to ranger station. 3 hours expert -- get a map at the stantion -- plenty of bail out sections. pack a lunch. contact with questions.
Trail Length
god only knowsmiles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brevard
   


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Review Date
June 26, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Aslan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I came to visit and sample the goods in the Ashville/Brevard/Pisgah region and my local friend took me out on this ride. After reading all of the reviews I thought I would post my two cents. Over the past 20 years I have been used to riding out west. Tahoe, Bend, Moab, Flagstaff, Tucson, ect...The trails in the Pisgah are different. Lots of roots. Short sight lines. Rare but spectacular views. Anyway, Black Mountain starts with about 7 miles of sustained but non technical double track climbing. Once you get to the four way junction and head up the black mountain single track the trail changes character dramatically. You will have 2-3 miles with significant sections of rooty, steep, rocky singletrack. Unless you are a professional caliber trials rider you will not ride all of this section. It is a lot of off and on HAB. It is still a good ride and I really enjoyed this section, but if you hate pushing your bike occasionally you won't like it. The ride then leaves the ridge and heads down for 2 or 3 miles. Technical at first but then it opens up and gets really fast. The ride is short. Only 13 miles but it rides like 18 or 20 miles. The total climb is 2300 feet, which is also not too bad. This ride just takes longer than you would expect for its distance because of the 3 miles of technical riding in the middle. In sum, if you have been riding for a few years it is no problem but don't take your new girlfriend on it for her introduction to mt biking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dupont trails, they are easier and still fun.
Burnt Mountain area.



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Review Date
November 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: greasy_physique ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun trail, nice, easy uphill on fire road. Once you hit the black mtn trailhead, about 5 miles up the road, there are fun technical uphills that are a blast to try and clear, though good luck with some of them... definitely some hike/bike... but not bad at all... beautiful views of the valley below mid-way up... Trail smooths out for a bit then a fun and fast series of DH sections with some mini-drops and water bars; good, fast tech 3-4 riding. Pretty much sit back and navigate your way down. Ripping ride back to car (parking at stables). If you are a novice rider, have fun but be prepared to walk over a few rocks/logs etc.. no big thing. Well worth a loop or two.
Overall aerobic is a 3, short sections of 4; same with tech. diff.

Recommended Route:
If you find the directions from the mtbikewnc.com, disregard them, don't try to follow them... Basically, ride or park at the end of FR 477, well-marked. This is where the stables are. Go straight up the double track about 5+ miles (aka. clawhammer rd). You will come to a 4 way intersection; you can go straight on road (which ends), you can go soft-left (Buckhorn gap) or Hard-left (stairs to shelter) OR Right (Black Mtn Trail). GO Right for the ride / hike-bike; good place to fortify at the top (~4200') with a sugar bomb. Stay on trail; DH from there. You will pass through an intersection with Turkey Knob of so, just keep going (about 1 mile down)... next you will come to a fire road (few miles down); you will drop down a few shallow log-steps here. You can go straight (singletrack) OR right (on fireroad); fireroad will drop you back on clawhammer, straight will take you out the road further, not sure what that trail is called, assuming blk.mtn.



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Review Date
May 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: knightclan8 ,  Racer

Summary:
Black Moutain trail in Pisgah is one of the best i've ridden. Ride will take about 2-5 hours depends on how many breaks you want to take. if you're a downhiller you'll appreciat how the uphill section goes straight to the top on a small gravel road, but beware there is a bit of hike a bike. Once at the top it's downhill the rest of the way without any uphill-sick! there's not many rocks to deal with, i ride hard tail so i like that. it's still good for downhillers with heavy bikes because they can ride the downhill section even faster. i recomend going as fast as you can downhill- push it to the limit, it'll give you an adrenaline rush. Near the bottom, before coming out at the ranger station there's a bunch of bank turns.GNARLY! there's also an optional creek jump.-ride this trail but take it easy on the uphill. Got any questions ask one of the local bike shops (Sycamore Cycles) just remember you've got to go up to go down.

Recommended Route:
Luckily for me my mom dropped me off near the horse stables, which are located on a gravel road. This gravel road comes into the main road(can't remember what it's called) about 1 or 2 miles up from the information or ranger station.Anyway once i was dropped at the horse stables i tool gravel road straight to the top-not to bad of a ride. From the dead end at the top take a right onto the singletrack. This section is 1/2 ride 1/2 hike a bike-it's worth it,plus you can take a break at one of the great views. 1/2 a mile past the best view it will be 100% downhill. Staying on this trail will take you all the way to out behind the work station next to the ranger station. Lucky for me my mom picked me up there so i didn't have to even touch pavement the whole ride. ride time 2-5 hours(black mountain trail)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
avery creek



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Review Date
March 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: AmosIv ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Now I understand all the Dupont hype. What an incredible trail. It has everything I love in a trail: long climb, a little hike a bike, some incredilbe single track downhill of almost every nature, challenging climbs, excellent views. Clawhammer Mountain, Black Mountain, what an amazing area! I cant wait to go back!
I hope to change that "how often do you ride this trail?" answer soon.

Recommended Route:
Parked at one of the bridges on Avery Creek road and started climbing. Climbed up to the horse stables and took 5058 up to the sign for the Black Mtn trail - it is on from there! Some hike a bike, some challenging single track uphill climbs, awesome views and then blast down trail number 127 to Pressley gap. We stayed on 127 all the way down to the pavement, took 2 rights and were back to the car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trace Ridge



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Review Date
November 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: YoungerNow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A big disappointment. The downhill has some fun parts, but they're far too brief to justify pushing or carrying my bike for what felt like miles to get to the top; I take my bike into the woods to ride it, not to make my hikes more challenging.

Recommended Route:
Ride up the Thrift Cove trail to where it re-intersects Black Mtn, then head back down on the bottom (and best) part of the Black Mtn Trail. Done this way, it's a fun ride and worth 4 stars.



Comments
bellalaylow (04/12/2009)
there is always the bunny slope trail.
knightclan8 (05/11/2010)
got to go up to go down(it's life)
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