Mountain Biking North Carolina
by Timm Muth (Falcon Guides)
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My brother and I ride offroad unicycles so we are always looking for point to point trails in order to avoid climbing uphill... we put in on the parkway and the trail drops quickly, with only one climb after Spencer Branch crosses Trace Ridge. This is very fun trail, technical in places. It's over too soon is the only complaint. Not as steep as we would have liked but a great trail for going fast (as fast as you can on one wheel.) Would do it again, i live in Asheville so it is relatively close.
Easy to find trail, not too far from I-26. Once you do find the trail, and leave the trailhead, the climb up the gravel road will sap you a bit, but won't kill you. After you make it to the singletrack, there are some tiring climbs, but do-able; the only thing that makes them un-doable is the fall leaves that can hide obstables. Description is right...beatiful contour running. While on the Specer Gap section, watch for a boulder on your left, as you make a sharp left turn. There's some rocks there that can endo you, if caught offguard. Enjoy the descent, and hang on. It's crazy, but a blast.
You have got to ride this downhill if you are in the area. It's as fast but not as technical as Little Pisgah so intermediate riders can enjoy it if they can make the climb. Watch out for people climbing Trace Ridge on your way down, stopping would be extremely difficult. If you enjoy the pain of climbing you can also ride back up Trace Ridge and take the Spencer Gap trail down from the top. The first section has one mean downhill. It's every bit as technical as Little Pisgah just a lot shorter. I used every mm of travel on my Psylo coming down that bad boy.
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