Slight Chance of Pisgah - Rockgeist

SLIGHT CHANCE OF PISGAH

23 mi, 151 ft/mi

 

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Pisgah National Forest, Ranger District

Starting and ending at the Trace Ridge Trailhead near the town of Mills River, NC. Map used: Pisgah Ranger District 

Stats

23.3 miles, 3,513 ft elevation gain, 151 ft/mi.  Clockwise direction suggested.

Terrain

Singletrack. Preferred bike rank: Full suspension, hardtail, rigid.

Summary

Slight Chance of Pisgah is a short but steep and technical route. It contains wet water crossings, vistas, rough singletrack, and sections of hike-a-bike. There is also potential for a seasonal stop at the Pisgah Inn. Major trails include Laurel Mountain and Big Creek. Please dismount and walk your bike during the Blue Segment near the parkway. Primitive campsites off the trail are free and most have a fire ring/pit.

Highlights

  • Remote singletrack
  • Pisgah Inn
  • Primitive Camp Sites
  • Creek camping and wet water crossings

Trip Beta

The route starts off with a fast descent from the trailhead down to the river. This leads to a few water crossings before climbing up to a gravel descent onto Yellow Gap road. From here you will ride up to the Laurel Mountain trail head, which goes up all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The climb up Laurel Mountain can mostly be ridden with strong legs and with a few sections of hike-a-bike. There are many excellent campsites along the Laurel Mountain. Please walk the blue segment for the last bit to the parkways as this is a hiking trail only. Once at the parkway feel free to ride up to the Inn if its open before ducking back into the Forest for the Big Creek descent. This is an ideal descent to test your gear on fast, technical roots and rocks. There is also great camping at the bottom along Big Creek. A few water crossings will then lead to a gravel climb back up to Trace Ridge.

4 Comments

  1. john boalick

    I just did this route and man it was really tough for me. I am 46 and not in the best of shape and did a lot of hike a bike to get thru it. What an adventure!

    Reply
    • Gregory

      Thanks for giving this a roll and hope your enjoyed it! Yeah it’s lots of elevation, 150 ft/mile is a lot of work! Roll call has more gradual climbing but it’s a bit longer.

      Reply
  2. Alex

    Im going to check this out, thanks! A recommendayion if you’re ever in Middle TN, Big South Fork is a great spot for bikepacking. A fair amount of singletrack and gravel roads and you can extend it into Kentucky using the Sheltowee Trace or other routes in the Daniel Boone NF.

    Reply
    • Gregory

      Excellent, thanks for the tip. We will definitely check that out!

      Happy exploring,
      Greg

      Reply

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