Owl's Roost Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 780 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,123 feet.
Owl's Roost Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"These eight miles of single- and doubletrack ( a two-mile loop at the end of a three-mile, one-way out-and-back) are only for those seeking a challenge. There are no lengthy climbs, but several technical ascents -- along with each corresponding descent -- make this trail a worthy proving ground for the best of riders. It's a pretty ride along Lake Brandt, but you won't have time to look around while riding; be sure to stop and enjoy the view.Most of the elevation change occurs along the short, steep climbs and descents on either side of small creek ravines near the lake. Otherwise, it is basically level. Despite the technical demands (or maybe because of it), Owl’s Roost Trail has become a local favorite, which partly explains the erosion of the more difficult sections."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Timm Muth, Mountain Biking North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
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