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Yancee's Ridge

Average Rating:    (4.35 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

This is the most hardcore trail I have ever laid tires on!!! No joke, if you think Tsali is too easy, but you still like the go-fast factor, go here for something you'll never forget. I rated this at extreme, but this only applies if you can ride fast as hell, don't feel pain, and just plain love to ride as hard as possible. Prepare your hands cause they're probably going to go numb from gripping the bars so tight within the first 2 miles. The first 8 or so miles is bombing downhill with super-grippy berms and crazy off-camber stuff. You can pull off huge airs over doubles and never know what is next. The best part is all the sick curves that most people reach for the brakes. Forget the brakes- this is the fastest trail you can ride around the area so take advantage of it. There are a couple big log drops and hops that are a little sketchy, but they've all been done believe it or not. There are (what I say is a climb) 3 climbs. 2 short steeps (1 of which is a granny) and 1 burly as hell long, rooty, rocky, climb up drop-offs climb that has you wishing for flat pedals. The trail suddenly transforms into the gnarliest mid speed riding with huge roots creating crevases too tight to pedal through-- remember to keep your chest on the seat and easy on the front brake. The bottom 4 miles is slow speed, technical as it gets, ass on the back tire, type riding. This stuff is sick!!! Sometimes you can use gravity to hop down into the gullies, but there are so many holes I probably wouldn't recommend it to a sane person, but I don't ride with sane people, so expect war wounds if you thrash it like what it's there for. First time casualties in a group of 6--- 1 spoke, 1 torn tendon in hand, 1 severed valve stem, 10+ wrecks, 5 bloody knees, 3 bloody elbows, several jammed fingers. Second trip--- tacoed wheel within first 2 miles, broken Judy springs and blown cartridge (yikes!!!), several wrecks, blood. Oh yeah- did I say full suspension?
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Latitude
36.03813374954442
Longitude
-81.78583145141601
Trail Directions
You can start at the top of Grandfather Mountain on the Parkway. The trail starts at many different places, so it's best to ask somebody since the roads are unnamed and a little confusing. It's not a loop, but a 14-mile downhill, so take 2 cars, one for top, the other at the bottom- Mortimer campground at the end of Brown Mountain Beach road.
Trail Length
14 or so miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Mortimer
   


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Review Date
August 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtclimber03 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Super backwoods techy

Recommended Route:
Up Gragg Prong over past short Yancey down middle Yancey around up and out Roseborough rd.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All that Wilson Creek has to offer



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Review Date
October 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BFid ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I had a hard time finding the single track part of this trail. From Roseboro road follow the forest road across from the parking area straight up hill about 4 miles. When you get to the top of the ridge you see on the left a road blocked by a gate. The single track is supposed to start here but I could not find it anywhere. Reading another review here it looks like the old single track has been made into a forest road. Take a right here on another forest road (that used to be single track) that travels along the ridge and follow this road for about another mile. At the first tight switchback you will see two large mounds of dirt put there probably to keep vehicles from entering the single track.

Go around these two mounds to access the singletrack. The first part of the singletrack is fast and pretty easy and not too technical for me. Then it descends into some completely insane washed out gullys that I found to be completely unridable but maybe not so for those more experienced. These washed out gullies continue for about another mile and a half until it dumps you back out on Roseboro road.

Unless you are a complete glutton for punishment you should take two vehicles and park one where the trail ends on Roseboro road because you will have another four mile steep uphill climb to get back to your car.



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Review Date
March 6, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: TPM ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Long Yancey has been cleaned.



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Review Date
December 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gaston Gagne ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Short Yancey's is SCREWED. I was there at Thanksgiving 2005. It has been graded and graveled. There was a short section that was not destroyed yet. I don't know anything about long Yancey's.

Recommended Route:
Forget it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go to Schoolhouse



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Review Date
August 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: MichaelEconomy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
they have paved most of the way between the parkway and where the bridge is. I went out here twice and the short route is definitly way easier. The long route was really difficult for me to ride though (my bike has no suspension) but had some awesome parts you'll miss on the short one.

Recommended Route:
If you're a begginner I would recommend the shorter route, otherwise go on the long one. And if you go on the long one its crucial that you bring food (I didn't and it was hell).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
i'm kind of a newb



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