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Trace Ridge

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Forest Road and singletrack. This trail is exhilarating. Climb up the forest road, the single track (rolling and steep), then bust up the technical rock garden and youre home free to fast and furious downhill to the finish. INCREDIBLE! Check out Falcon Guide's "Mountain Biking, North Carolina" by Timm Muth for the best route, directions, and highlights for this trail and many more in the Pisgah Forest and throughout North Carolina.
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Latitude
35.446337064937794
Longitude
-82.66757011413574
Trail Directions
Pisgah National Forest, Trace Ridge Trailhead area; 25 minutes south of Asheville.
Trail Length
7.2-mile loop.
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Brevard
   


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Review Date
December 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mb2step ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My sons and I rode this trail when we first started out biking and was mostly a hike up the trail. We road it again a few weeks back to see if we had improved. We still had to get off the bikes a couple times but much better overall. At the top you can go left or right - we started left down Spencer Branch and just as we got off the water bars and drops a black bear jumped up in our trail. We didn't have time to move must less turn and run. The bear did go off to our left but scared us both - we turned around and went back down the screaming down hill section of trace ridge. I came across some other riders at the bottom of the hill and they said don't go up there either because of encounters with a bear.

Recommended Route:
Take Maida7 or mtb-er4Christ route - what you eccentially do is go around the mountain using the gravel road that connects Mills River with Bent Creek. About a 1/3 of the way you will turn left on a gravel entrace - sign is off road about 100 yards up the gravel entrance - to Spencer Gap trail. It comes out at the top of Trace Ridge and you can ride down the ridge - hang on though - very rooty and rocky and some quick turns.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Reasonover trail at Dupont State Forest



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Review Date
March 25, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mtb-er4christ ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one of my favorite rides; A good climb consisting of both smooth fire road and technical singletrack. Than one of the fastest funnest downhills around with a little of everything ,fast woopty dooes, loose rock gardens, little drops,And at the very end large jumps!!! This trail can be whatever you want to make it. Take it slow and its arobic climb with a good singletrack desent.Keep your fingers off the stoppers, and catch air when you can You now have a fast technical downhill thrill ride.

Recommended Route:
Park at Trace ridge trail head. Back track to the fire road turn left. 2.5 miles turn left on Spencer Gap, 2 miles left on Trace Ridge one last climb and its time to lower your saddle stay off the brakes and have some fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kitsuma, Black Mnt N.c.



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Review Date
June 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Maida7 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Easy climbing on forest roads. One dificult singletrack climbing section near the top. Then an incredible downhill rush on a tight rocky single track. A must do downhill for anybody who rides in Pisgah. I give it a five because the climbing is not very hard and the downhill is awesome.

Recommended Route:
Climb up on SR5000 Walsh creek rd. Turn left on Spencer gap. Bear right at fork following mountain bike tire tracks. Turn left on Trace ridge and one last climb to the top. Blast down trace ridge trail back to the parking lot.



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Review Date
April 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Josh , from Brevard

Summary:
Could be the best in Pisgah and I have done almost all of them here. Has it all- steep single track climbs- sketchy, rocky descents, buff downhill singletrack, open fields, creek crossings and gravel (ok, this part sucks). Not recommended for beginners but well worth it for most others. Will take about 1 hour and 15 mins to 1:45 depending on stops, pace etc. The drop down Spencer Branch is worth the trip by itself!

Recommended Route:
Park at Trace Ridge Trailhead parking lot. Start south up Trace Ridge, climb singletrack for about 20-30 mins then start somewhat rocky descent then take sharp left onto Spencer Branch where the fun begins. Drop Spencer for a few minutes then right onto gravel road (Neverending Rd I believe it's called). Follow gravel for mile or so then left onto Fletcher Creek trail- drop this to intersection of Spencer and Fletcher and cross creek straight ahead up Fletcher- a bit of climbing and then some great downhill singletrack!! Drops you onto gravel follow to left, take about 1.5 miles back to lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Laurel Mtn in the NMills area- everything in Davidson area.



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Review Date
October 31, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mikeynightmare , from arden nc

Summary:
This is the fastest trail in the world. But be carefull you can easily miss a turn half way down if you are exceeding 35 mph. Also watch out for the huge jumps at the end.

Recommended Route:
ride up wash creek road. turn left on spencer. this will cross trace. Turn left on trace and haul ass.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
spencer, fletcher creek, the murderhorn



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