Laurel Mountain

Asheville, North Carolina 28810

Laurel Mountain

Laurel Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Laurel Mountain Reviews

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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.
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!
Everything you read in the trail description plus a bit more. Fun, fun, fun, Technical and more Fun. Easier going down.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
3 hours - intermediate level
3,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,850 feet
Top Elevation
Pisgah National Forest
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Jul 2018