Owl's Roost

Greensboro, North Carolina

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Owl’s Roost is by far the most serious of all the watershed trails. While this track starts innocently enough, serious technical challenges lurk along the lake’s edge. Lots and lots of roots, often downhill, and often laced together into long, gnarly, off-camber welcome mats. A slick, 25-foot, smooth-bellied gully waits after the worst of the roots for a weightless roller-coaster drop—you’ll need to do it several times. Then a monstrous log pyramid, on an uphill no less, squatting at the top of the last hill. After all that, you can return on a fast grassy doubletrack to bypass some of the rougher terrain. Tread: 7.6 miles of singletrack; 1.7 miles of doubletrack.

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"Owl’s Roost is by far the most serious of all the watershed trails. While this track starts innocently enough, serious technical challenges lurk along the lake’s edge. Lots and lots of roots, often downhill, and often laced together into long, gnarly, off-camber welcome mats.

A slick, 25-foot, smooth-bellied gully waits after the worst of the roots for a weightless roller-coaster drop—you’ll need to do it several times. Then a monstrous log pyramid, on an uphill no less, squatting at the top of the last hill. After all that, you can return on a fast grassy doubletrack to bypass some of the rougher terrain. Tread: 7.6 miles of singletrack; 1.7 miles of doubletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Greensboro
Distance: 9.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 800 feet
Top Elevation: 820 feet
Local Contacts: Bur-Mill Park (336) 545-5300
Local Maps: USGS Lake Brandt
Driving Directions: Directions to Owl's Roost

Recent Trail Reviews

10/20/2001
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I ride this trail a couple of times a week. This is a great trail to work on your technical, bike handling and root negotiating skills. The trail is very dangerous when it's wet. There are 3 four foot or higher log pyramids the last one at the top of a climb which is a killer. Two root infested climbs that are really nasty when it's wet, a great gulley (20'+ deep) to drop into and lots of big ring cranking along the shore of the lake. Watch out for walkers, runners and other bikers especially on the weekends. There are 3 or 4 regulars that refuse to yield to climbers so be aware when you are going uphill. I start at the first gravel parking on Owls Roost rd. go down the trail to the greenway go right, go about 1/4 mile, the start of Owls Roost is on the left just past the dock. The trail follows the contours of the lake for awhile then you have two tough rooty climbs. A trail comes in from the right at the top of the second climb go straight. Tackle all of the afore mentioned obstacles then you come to another split in the trail. Left takes you out to the greenway right takes you on doubletrack that has two lenghty climbs with two equally lengthy downhills. These are great. At the top of the second climb there is another split, left puts you out at the top of your second rooty climb, right gives you another fast downhill and puts you out about 3/4 way through the trail.


12/31/2000
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The Owls Roost trail is a great trail for all skill level of Mountain Bikers. The trail can provide a challenge even to the Advanced bikers but can also be a good trail to learn on. The huge gully takes commitment, and all of the log pyramids create quite a ride. The peaople who use this trail are always great and the views of Lake Brandt can be a great spot for a picnic. Have fun & remember to always wear a helmet.



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