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Clemmer / Clear Creek Professional Review and Guide
"This one throws the book at you. A long climb on Clemmer Trail takes you to Benton Falls, a great place for a break. Once on Clear Creek Trail, prepare for technical riding. This tight single track goes up, down and across the face of a cliff. The final downhill is a real rush. Highlights: Long climb, sand, boulder, gardens, bluffs, cliff."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee (Milestone Press).
We did this loop starting at the top of the mountain, making the loop longer using the azalea trail as access to clear creek and then we went down to hwy 30, and rode back the trail head to climb up the clemmer, and back to the car.
The descent was very technical, extremely rocky, making my my fork bottom out and my ams feel like jello. But it was really really fun! Especially the jumps when you get near the end. I was amazed I made the entire thing without crashing because there were a few spots where I thought I was going to. Unless you are an expert mountain biker, there are some spots on the edge of the cliff where you have to ride over some boulders that will warrant you getting off your bike.
The downhill was a a workout in and of itself, we had to climb when we were finished with the descent. And what a climb it was! It just kept going and going and going... Luckily the climb isn't nearly as technical as the descent because I wouldn't have made it other wise.
I recommend this trail if you are not a beginner, and if you want a technically challenging and physically demanding trail.
This is mainly a trail for Mountain Biking, however my husband and I hiked it with our dog. We found the trail toward Benton Falls to be very plain. Apparently there is a lot of logging going on in the area, so the scenery isn't as pleasant. Once you reach Benton Falls, the vegetation becomes much more dense and pretty. Benton Falls, itself, is beautiful and a great reward for the 1.6 mile hike through barren land. I recommend hiking the trail just to see the falls.
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