SLIGHT CHANCE OF PISGAHTrace Ridge Trailhead, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Developed by Rockgeist Bikepack USA
23 miles, 3,513 ft elevation gain, 151 ft/mi. Clockwise direction suggested.
Challenging due to technical climbing, elevation gain, and sections of hike-a-bike.
Singletrack, double track, gravel. Preferred bike rank: Full Suspension, Hardtail, Rigid MTB.
Primitive, backcountry camping (no reservations needed) with views on Laurel Mountain or creekside at Big Creek.
Number of Nights
1 night ideal.
Food & Water
Seasonal resupply options on day 1 at Mt. Pisgah Inn. Plenty of water to filter.
Bikepacking Slight Chance of Pisgah
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.
- Remote singletrack
- Pisgah Inn
- Primitive Camp Sites
- Creek camping and wet water crossings
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 for food 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.
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