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Butter Gap and Picklesimer Fields

Average Rating:    (3.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Note: this is a Seasonal Trail Only! That means it's open to bikes from October 15 to April 15 ONLY! Start by riding out the back of the Fish Hatchery parking lot onto the Cat Gap Loop trail. Follow this to the intersection with the Butter Gap trail, turn right and ride through Picklesimer Fields. Climb this all the way to the Art Loeb trail, turn right onto the Art Loeb bypass. At next intersection, go straight through onto the gravel road. At bottom of this downhill and gate, turn right. Follow this gravel road (FR 471) to Gloucester Gap and 5-way intersection, turn sharp right. Follow this gravel road (FR 475) to the Long Branch trail intersection. A sign stating how far it is to the fish hatchery is seen. Follow Long Branch trail to the Butter Gap trail to close the loop,then continue back to the fish hatchery the way you came. For a more detailed description of this ride, a map, as well as information on many other rides and trails in WNC, see my web link below!
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Latitude
35.38904996691167
Longitude
-83.49609375
Trail Directions
From Brevard, take US 276 into the Pisgah National Forest, then turn left and head for the Fish Hatchery, where the ride starts.
Trail Length
about 11 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Brevard
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 11, 2000

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ganza buds , from booboooo bas twoop

Summary:
why bother this ride is for kids with training wheels i like patton park in hendersonville better.
or maybe jackson park,
hey all you mtn bike snobs-- go back to school, or y bother

Recommended Route:
same



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hendog (08/25/2007)
ganza buds been smokin' too much ganza bud. this is one of the best rides in the pisgah...
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Review Date
November 24, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jordan Mitchell , from Weaverville, NC

Summary:
Just wanted to add a couple of things...
1. Don't worry about the "Authorized Vehicles Only" thing. Just ride around the gate, it is perfectly legal. The trail starts on the right just past it. The gate is just to keep cars off the gravel road (which is also rideable, by the way).
2. My website address has changed. Visit www.mtbikewnc.com for more information on this and other trails!
3. Have fun!

Recommended Route:
Yes, I'm reviewing my own submission! Same route, but read on...



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Review Date
October 28, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Doug Howey , from Raleigh

Summary:
A very nice ride. I admit that I pushed my bike the last little bit up to the Art Loeb Bypass. A good, fun, fast, downhill that isn't very technical takes you down to FR 471. Then it's a gravel road climb that seems to go on forever before you reach FR 475. Then the real fun begins. From FR 475 back to the Fish Hatchery is mostly technical downhill. I had a blast! Thanks to Jordan for the map. P.S. I found a front wheel on ground at the FR 475/Long Branch Trail intersection. I leaned it against a tree hoping the owner would find it.

Recommended Route:
Jordan Mitchell's route. Although, be advised that Cat Gap Loop starts out in the back of the Fish Hatchery through an "authorized vehicle only" area. The gravel road to the trailhead has a guardrail across it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bent Creek and definitely Dupont State Forest Big Rock, Cedar Rock, Bridal Veil, Little River, Burnt Mountain.



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Review Date
October 18, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SLR , from Chapel Hill, N.C.

Summary:
Thanks to Jordan for putting up all the rides I happened to do this weekend. This was the first ride we did. I'm not a big downhiller by any stretch. The upper half of Butter Gap nearly had me re-think this whole trip. It was wet and leafy. Very technical in spots. I'm not talking Rocky Rd log hops. I'm talking big ass drop offs with the possibility of sliding off the side of the mountain in spots. I ate it twice. After we made the right turn down by the intersection of Long Branch it got real fun. More very tecnical sections with the chance to catch some air. Scared the hell out of about two dozen hikers. Taking it up, as Jordan recomends, would be a tough climb. I'll try it that way next trip

Recommended Route:
I was with some locals and we "cheated". We parked a car at the Fish Hatchery and then drove the bikes up to Butter Gap and rode it as a downhill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If this ride isn't hard anough for you, then hike a bike up Buckwheat Knob, and come down Avery Creek. That should loosen your fillings. For a less adventurous downhill try coming down Caney Bottom. High fun factor.



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