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    Thompson Loop Connector

    Graham County, North Carolina
    Distance0.4mi
    Elevation Gain392ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,045ft
    Top2,105ft
    Elevation Min/Max2001/2105ft
    Elevation Start/End2045/2045ft

    Thompson Loop Connector

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    Hill Country Village, TX
    Pathfinder | 177 pts
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    10/17/2005
    this trail ROCKS..........
    Fast and fun if you want it
    The ending is the best

    I highly recommend it !
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    Henderson, KY
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    6/25/2005
    Out of the four loops at Tsali, this was the most fun. It is a very fast trail. I rode it first with my wife (she doesn't do "FAST"), I then rode it by myself and had so much fun I rode it again. The last mile of the trail is all downhill. I couldn't get the huge grin off of my face. I found a fire access road that leads to the top of the last mile downhill. I had my wife drop me off and I rode the downhill only about five or six times in a row. It was a Blast!!!
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    Columbia, SC
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    5/5/2001
    This was the first ride of the day. Very fun and fast. The bottom section of DH is the best part of the ride. Out of all the loops at Tsali I encountered more people on this one, so take warning. As the reviewers below stated do this one fast and then jump on mouse branch for a tastier treat.
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    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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    1/19/2000
    Punch in at the bottom to set up one of the best single track sections at Tsali. You'll climb up and cross over, begin some down hill on double track which converges into single track then hang on to the bottom. Six creek crossings later finish up with a casual climb out. Don't delay at the top with the tourists, drop right in on Mouse Branch. Plenty of time to recover on the trail.
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    Archers Lodge, NC
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    1/1/2000
    another fun trail at Tsali. Most people ride in at the top and blast through the 1.5 mile downhill at the end. but, we ride it backwards and climb that downhill section to ride the rest of the trail(mostly downhill rolling singletrack) not many people ride it that way, but if they new about it theyt would. either way, it's a fun fast ride.
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    Trail Information

    Graham County
    Nearby City
    Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, 828-479-6431.
    Local Contacts
    Look for the very good topo map posted at the 5-mile mark on Left Loop. The "official" map, "Tsali Recreation Area: Mecca for Mountain Bikers, Horseback Riders," is a bit outdated but better than nothing.
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