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Paris Mtn. Lake Trail

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Fun trail, great workout, located at the top of the Mountain extremely quick for about 2 miles dhill very curvy, many fast little drops and hills, certain areas are bumpy and narrow single track, keep your balance or you will be in the creek. Feels like the old nintendo game excitebike! The ride ends w/ a beautiful view of one of the lower lakes. You can now cirlce the lake they have added a bridge, makes for a great view and 5 min repreive, then its back up the trail you just came down. This trail is all fun
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Latitude
34.93055638139932
Longitude
-82.38029479980469
Trail Directions
Drive to the top of Paris Mtn. State Park. Once at the top take Brushy Creek Trail when the trail comes to a fork take a left on Lake Trail. Thats It.
Trail Length
2 Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Greenville
Zip/Postal Code
29607
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: scarch ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is one of my favorite trails, but first a little paperwork...

Click on the "search for trail pictures" link in this trail listing. It should take you to a map of the park. This route would be more accurately described as starting at the Buckhorn Gate Parking Area (furthest NW parking spot on the map), heading NE along Brissey Ridge Trail for about 1 mile, taking a left on Pipsissewa Trail running roughly WNW for another mile, taking the North Lake Loop (1.6 miles) around Reservoir 3, and retracing to get back to your car. The total ride distance is about 5.6 miles with an elevation loss (then gain) of maybe 600 feet.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Current park policy allows biking on the trails any day EXCEPT Saturday. Sunday is the day to ride. The park opens at 8:00 a.m., but I'm often there at sunrise (when they sometimes actually open the gates). The park is open for night riding, but you would want to contact the park beforehand because they have not committed to a schedule.

On to the review. This is a very nice piece of singletrack that winds between trees, across nicely packed and well drained trail surface, and over many rocky sections. Going down Brissey Ridge and Pipsissewa Trails it's a very entertaining roller coaster ride. Coming back up it's a challenging climb, but one that gets easier with every ride (as an earlier review mentioned).

This trail is not to be missed if you have some experience and are in the area. You probably don't want to ride this trail with equipment that is more primitive than my steed - 80mm front travel, hard tail, and only one speed (36:20 turning 26x2.35 tires).

Recommended Route:
See my clarification of the trail route above.

The return up Brissey Ridge includes some rocky sections that require strong uphill momentum to clean. If you're tired from climbing Pipsissewa, or want some variety, continue clockwise around the Brissey Ridge Trail instead of huffing back up it. After a nice semi-technical downhill romp you will come to an asphalt road. Go left on it to get back to your car at Buckhorn Gate. The climb back up is about 400 feet vertical @ 10% grade.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The described route is only about 5.6 miles. The park has about 16 miles of trail, most of it ridable. Stick around!



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Review Date
December 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cyclechic ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Totally enjoy this ride, it has its challenges, especially coming back up. Serious leg burner on the way back out, but it is VERY worth it. The downhill is fast, and just scarey enough to get your adreneline cranking - when you get to the lake, take a break and catch your breath. Regroup, and head around the lake, this is the most leisurely part, and is a lot of fun - not too challenging. The ride up, as mentioned earlier, is the payback for all the fun - BUT, good news is, and a good friend told me this - it gets easier each time you ride it.

Well worth it!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Do the bottom portion of the mountain from the main parking lots - if you drive up and ride just the lake trail, your robbing yourself of a lot more fun!



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Review Date
December 12, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Punker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hit the new trails at Paris Mountain last weekend. Props to Ty and the rest of the park staff for creating a great addition to the network of trails. The trial drops of the Brissey Ridge trail and drops you at a small lake on the backside of the park. The trial is fast and well built, with at least one large jump (you'll see it.) You have to climb out, but it is not all that bad of a climb. Not the most technical trail in the park, but is the most scenic trail in the park. This trail will leave you wondering if you are somewhere far from G-vegas. It is hard to believe that less then 5 years ago, there was only one wide trail/gravel road to ride at the park. While it never will be Pisgah or Dupont, it is has become a great local venue for riding.

Recommended Route:
Park at bathhouse - Mountain Creek - road - Fire Tower - Sulpher Springs - Brissey Ridge - Lake Trail - Around the lake - Brissey Ridge - Sulpher Springs (other side) - Mountain Creek - Car



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