Bennett Gap / 138

4.80 out of 5
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↑ 9,100 ft
↓ 8,500 ft

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Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is 3 miles in one direction. Again, another gnarly Pisgah-area trail! This trail has several awesome views off the top of the ridge of Looking Glass mountain. Absolutely incredible--be sure to bring your camera! The awesome views go hand-in-hand with the first section of "Satan's Staircase," a steep hike-a-bike that will require you to shoulder your rig. I would NOT want to ride down it, so I recommend riding this trail Southeast to Northwest. Also, there is a meadow on top of the ridge that has almost completely overgrown the trail. Not so much fun having to gingerly pick your way through all of the thorn bushes.
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (5)


September 4, 2018
Review: the MUST RIDE trail of Pisgah. crazy views, crazy riding.

World Champ

March 20, 2018
Review: The climb up the road isn't too bad, and the views from the ridge are excellent. Plenty of variety along this short trail, from big rock moves up top to fast, bombing descents and tricky roots toward the bottom. Dense rhododendron tunnels at the top and open forest down low.

Granny Gear

May 2, 2017
Bird62 Granny Gear  
Review: A major part of this track as shown is the Art Loeb. not a MtB trail... and this is not what we the locals call Bennett Gap


October 22, 2016
mtndew24 Trailblazer  
Review: Such an awesome trail! It is seasonal so you can only ride it between Oct 15- April 15. Ride it from the top down starting at the forest road/end of buckwheat knob. It has two or three big rocky drops that I usually walk but if you have balls and suspension you can probably clean them. The rest of the downhill is pretty fast. It also has the best view of looking glass rock in all of pisgah.

Similar Trail: Buckwheat knob

World Champ

September 10, 2010
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: If you were crazy enough to do it, riding down Satan's Staircase would be a double black diamond.

Bennett Gap / 138 MTB Trail 4.80 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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