Slate Rock - Pilot Cove Loop

Asheville, North Carolina

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The view—oh-my-god, the view! Slate Rock perches 500 feet or so above the cove floor, with a breathtaking 180-degree view of the cove and an incredible profile of Pilot Rock across the way. Certainly one of the top three views in Pisgah Forest, with a hawk drifting on the thermals 100 yards out in front of you if you’re as lucky as me. About 80 percent of this trail runs through rhododendron thickets and tunnels, with brutal, heartbreaking climbs up a number of false tops, a descent down through Pilot Cove that screams for the first mile, and several challenging technical moves tossed in throughout the return leg. Tread: 100 percent Carolina singletrack.
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Mountain Biking North Carolina

by Timm Muth (Falcon Guides)

The view—oh-my-god, the view! Slate Rock perches 500 feet or so above the cove floor, with a breathtaking 180-degree view of the cove and an incredible profile of Pilot Rock across the way. Certainly one of the top three views in Pisgah Forest, with a hawk drifting on the thermals 100 yards out in front of you if you’re as lucky as me.

About 80 percent of this trail runs through rhododendron thickets and tunnels, with brutal, heartbreaking climbs up a number of false tops, a descent down through Pilot Cove that screams for the first mile, and several challenging technical moves tossed in throughout the return leg. Tread: 100 percent Carolina singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Asheville
Length: 3.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 45 minutes to 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District (336) 877-3265
Local Maps: USGS Dunsmore Mountain; USDA Forest Service Pisgah District Trail Map; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District.
Topo Map: Slate Rock - Pilot Cove Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking North Carolina Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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