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Off The Beaten Track Volume II: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - Pisgah
by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)
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Wish I could recommend this trail for runners but ,alas, I can't . Maybe a great bike route but avoid this if your a runner. Too many things can go wrong, especially during the summer months when everything is grown up.
Trace ridge is by far the best trail in the wash creek area. But I don't you can fully enjoy the ride by riding up Trace Ridge. I usually ride up the forest road and hit spencer gap. The road is uphill, but not that bad. I think spencer gap is the second gated forest road on your left (not sure though) Actually the first gated road (not marked as a trail) is really fun. It has deteriated down to single track. I rode and never found the end, but the decent kick a$$. Anyhow take a left on spencer gap for a gruelling single track climb. The trail then levels off untill it hits the saddle where a bunch of trials connect. Turn right and you can head on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head left down Spencer Creek for a fun ride. But, the best is the climb up Trace Ridge. Get ready for a kick a$$ decent. Super fast and with a lot a rocks. This dumps you back at your car, first having to go over huge woop de doos. I mean huge. Woop-de-doos and I don't get along, especially these, so I don't launch em, or havn't recently. Get warmed up on Fletcher Creek first.
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