Pilot Rock Loop

Asheville, North Carolina 28810

Pilot Rock Loop

Pilot Rock Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This ride contains what may be the most technically challenging descent in the entire forest. Dropping more than 1,400 feet in just over 2 miles is the easy part. You feel like you’re riding on the bones of the mountain, as you descend over huge rock slabs and pick your way through tight, 180-degree switchbacks that are simply solid boulders and chicken heads.

Sometimes the tight rhododendron thickets on either side are all that keep you from flying off into space. And if the rocks up top weren’t bad enough, the lower part of the descent is just one knee-high water bar after another, like some sick suspension torture test. I recommend this ride only for advanced riders and really game intermediates. Tread: 9.4 miles of singletrack; 5.1 miles of gravel road."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
3 to 5 hours
3,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,500 feet
Top Elevation
Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District (336) 877-3265
Local Contacts
USGS Dunsmore Mountain; USDA Forest Service Pisgah District Trail Map; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District.
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Jul 2018