Black Mountain

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5.1
miles

Singletrack
↑ 5,200 ft
↓ 5,000 ft
2,142
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
The 1900 foot downhill is very rocky and rooty with plenty of waterbars. Very fun and worth the climb!

The Clawhammer Route: This ride features Black Mountain. It's an amazing ride, especially if you like technical singletrack. It's a tough (mostly gravel road) climb for over 7 miles, the last 1.5 of which is mostly pushing (unless you've got crazy technical skills). But it is worth it for the amazing cliff-top view from Clawhammer mountain.
The route:
Park at the ranger station. Turn right onto the main road (US 276).
Mile 0.7 Turn right onto gravel road. FS 477
Mile 2.4 Horse stables. Turn Right (behind stables) up Clawhammer Rd
Mile 3.5 Maxwell Cove rd enters from right. Stay left on Clawhammer
Mile 6.8 5-way trail junction. Turn hard right onto Black Mountain Trail.
(this is where most of us will have to push)
Mile 8.0 Awesome cliff-top view. Elevation is ~4200 ft. You cross two summits
during this part of the ride (Clawhammer and Black Mountain).
After the second summit, the fun downhill finally starts!
Mile 8.6 Turkey Pen Gap enters from left. Stay on Black Mountain (white blaze)
Mile 9.6 Another 5-way junction with trails and old roads. Stay straight on
Black Mountain Trail (look for white dot because there wasn't a sign
here)

***ALTERNATE ROUTE: if you're tired of the technical stuff, turn right
here instead (Maxwell Cove Road). This is a good gravel downhill but
WATCH FOR HORSES! It will run back into Clawhammer rd. Turn left
back down to the stables. ***

Mile 11.0 Thrift Cove Trail enters from left. Stay on Black Mountain Trail.
Mile 12.1 Mountains to Sea exits left. Stay right on Black Mountain Trail.
Mile 12.2 Thrift Cove Trail enters from left again. Stay Right.
Mile 12.5 Turn right on main road. US 276. Pass work station
Mile 12.8 Turn right and finish at Ranger station.
added by mpxdrummerGranny Gear
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (29)
 

Granny Gear

January 1, 2018
sake Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is one of my all time favorite trails. We usually start this ride from the nearby Davidson River Campground (great place to camp), After crossing the highway, you have a LONG climb up Clawhammer which is a wide gravel fireroad, but it is steep in some sections and will take you awhile to reach the top (from the campground to the top is probably about 7-8 miles and takes ~ 45 minutes depending on skill level). After getting to the top, you now get to enjoy pushing your bike up the singletrack section of Black Mtn. for a mile or two. Maybe some can ride this section, but it is beyond my skill level. After the hike-a-bike section, you are rewarded for all that time climbing with some great technical downhill. The downhill sections are great because there is a little something for everyone. The first time on it, I walked some of the tougher sections, but that just gave me more motivation to return and try and clear it. Overall, this trail is definitely expert to intermediate level as the downhill section is fast and technical.




Trailblazer


October 9, 2017
cc2012 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Rode bottom section via Thrift Cove climb. 2 mile climb, 1st mile very difficult, some walking, but totally worth the reward connecting to Black Mt. So, fast, flowy and steep. Awesome downhill. This is a quick, 45 min loop. Add on Grassy Rd. and Sycamore Cove to extend ride.




Granny Gear

October 14, 2016
jodpan Granny Gear  
 
Review: Another one of Pisgah's finest, though not for the faint of heart. Long fire road climb with a short hike-a-bike at the top followed by pretty technical and fast descent. Turn left at the bottom of the first long downhill section (forget the name of it) for some additional fast, jumpy downhill.






July 5, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Very fun trail to ride, but I'm always surprised by what riders from different regions consider to be technical. This trail is no breeze by any means. But to potentially rate as one of the top 10 most technical trails? I know of 10 more technical trails within 60 minutes of my home.






June 21, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: A hidden gem in the area. Can run up to 13 miles on the trails if you hit all of the trails. It is great training for other difficult courses.
Beautiful scenery. Find the hidden gems buried in the park. Be respectful, leave no trash behind as you won't find any out there now.




Gramcounter


June 15, 2016
Corvo Gramcounter  
 
Review: Hello everyone.
I have been riding the Pisgah area since 1995. This is the best MTB riding in the southeastern United states. This trail area has a little bit of everything. However, most of the Pisgah trails are intermediate to expert. If you are looking for what MTBing was like in the good ol' days before banked corners, smooth trails and man made jumps this is your place. Yea, you will definitely find spots that are hike-a bike but the majority of the trails here are ridable. Laurel MTN, Black MTN, Avery Creek, Clawhammer Road, Bennetts Gap, Sycamore Cove, Buckhorn Gap, Cove Creek are all worth the time and the effort. Now, if you are looking for a MTB park experience this is NOT that kind of place. This is how MTBing use to be. I love this place.

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World Champ


May 31, 2016
 
Review: I've only ridden the lower portion of Black Mountain but it's a blast! Fast and flowy in spots but also some good rocks and roots to show off those tech skills. Recent trail work has made some of the tricky parts less tricky.




Granny Gear

May 29, 2016
 
Review: This trail is not for anyhing but expert DownHill riders. 70% of the climbs are unridedable unless you are a Demon. You spend most of the time pushing bike up. The first descend is good. Then you get some descend suitable only for DownHill experts. This is not a trail for a nice intermediate-advance ride. Its purely expert and some parts
Are extremely. We had to walk down significantly since the drops were way too dangerous. If you are not a DH expert: avoid this trail. Its great for tought hike though.




Granny Gear

May 29, 2016
 
Review: This trail is not for anyhing but expert DownHill riders. 70% of the climbs are unridedable unless you are a Demon. You spend most of the time pushing bike up. The first descend is good. Then you get some descend suitable only for DownHill experts. This is not a trail for a nice intermediate-advance ride. Its purely expert and some parts
Are extremely. We had to walk down significantly since the drops were way too dangerous. If you are not a DH expert: avoid this trail. Its great for tought hike though.




Gnarly


May 23, 2016
bboehman Gnarly  
 
Review: Very hard climb that took me forever but the downhill back was unreal! Loved every second of the punishment and the reward!!!



Black Mountain MTB Trail 4.39 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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