October 28, 2015
A fun trail that I didn't intend to ride up or down, which I did both. While road tripping I stopped at Pisgah. i planned on riding Squirrel gap but turned the wrong way and ended up riding up Bradley Creek. I realized it pretty quick, at the first creek crossing, but decided to press on and use this trail to connect to Laurel Creek and then back on to squirrel gap. I missed the turn, again(not well marked if coming from the Turkey Pen Trailhead.). This trail was a lot of fun, even going uphill. the multiple creek crossings kept me cool and the terrain kept me interested as well although the technical aspect of it wasn't too difficult. From the top of Bradley creek I rode up Laurel Mtn, down Pilot Rock, and then ended up taking this trail back downhill which was infinitely more rewarding as it was almost completely downhill. The only issues I had with this trail was that there were several sections that were very overgrown or needed maintenance to cut out downed trees. I was thankful I had ridden up it first as there were several spots where if I didn't know the downed trees were there i would have run into them full tilt and gone over the handlebars. This was in mid-September 2015 so hopefully those areas have been cleaned up. The lower section of Bradley creek was also pretty heavily tracked up with horse poop and torn up from their hooves. Not an issue at all if you are only traveling down.