Laurel Mountain

Asheville, North Carolina

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This ride starts out with one of the best single track climbs in Pisgah; all but the last half-mile to the top is pure joy. Well honed technical skills make getting back down a treat in itself. You'll zig and zag through many a rocky switchback before returning to the forest road below. Ride surface is 9.1 miles of single track and 4.4 miles of forest road. Highlights: Gradual climb, rhododendron and laurel tunnels, one very steep uphill pitch, small boulder fields, and rocky switchbacks.
This ride starts out with one of the best single track climbs in Pisgah; all but the last half-mile to the top is pure joy. Well honed technical skills make getting back down a treat in itself.

You'll zig and zag through many a rocky switchback before returning to the forest road below. Ride surface is 9.1 miles of single track and 4.4 miles of forest road. Highlights: Gradual climb, rhododendron and laurel tunnels, one very steep uphill pitch, small boulder fields, and rocky switchbacks.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Asheville
Length: 13.5
Elevation Gain: 2,050 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours - intermediate level
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 4,850 feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Topo Map: Laurel Mountain Topographic Map
Guide Book: Off The Beaten Track Volume II: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - Pisgah Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

10/22/2007

First, the downhill is incredible. Very technical and the turns (switchbacks) will test your balance and control skills. The climb is good, but gets old after a while and the last part (0.5 miles), well I could do without the hike-a-bike.

4/25/2006

Laurel Mountain was the high point of our week-long visit to the "Southeast's Mecca of mountian bike riding". It had everything, long single track, long tough climbs, technical challenge both up and down, scenic, and wild. The signage was a little sketchy in places but that just added to the thrill! I can't say enough about Jim Parham's "Western NC Pisga" Mountain Bike Guide Series. It helped us lay out a week of riding before we even left Vermont. The fact that we rode for an entire week with nobody to lead us without getting lost speaks highly of the book!

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