Trace Ridge Professional Review and Guide
"Trace Ridge is one of the must-do classic descents in Pisgah National Forest. It’s the kind of run that can shock you, rock you, melt your brakes, and leave you with scars to remember it by. The climb up to Spencer Gap is painful at times but well worth the payback. And the drop will simply take your breath away with scary amounts of speed over loose rocks, following tracks that twist, disappear, and skirt the edges of eroded, rocky disaster areas.
Keep your eyes glued to the line, don’t look at the nasty stuff, and just hang on. It’s great fun, if you like your riding loose and crazy. Oh, and pay proper respect to the five (used to be three, but they’ve multiplied) huge whoop-dee-doos at the end of Trace; they’re known to exact a high toll in broken bones and shattered weekends from those who take them too lightly. Tread: 4.5 miles of singletrack; 2.7 miles of gravel road."