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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +220/ -311 ft
Total: 44 riders

Mountain Biking Sugar Mountain Resort

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#124 of 546 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2,245 in the world

Biking trails intertwine throughout the Village of Sugar Mountain and up the mountain looping back to the Lodge. Trails are open and free of charge from dawn until dusk.

Lift rides are available weekends ONLY: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Sunday, September 1, 2013, lift operation hours are 10am - 5:30pm. For bike riders, specially made hooks on the backs of the chairs carry your bike to the top. Just hand your bike to the lift attendants at the bottom of the Gray lift, jump on the chair and enjoy the ride. The attendants will hang your bikes on the hook, and when you get off the lift another attendant will get your bike down for you, either at the 3/4 station, or at the top.

Cross Country Course- The cross country trail is fast, fun, and punishing. Climbers will enjoy the opening run up Little Nell and Main Street Trail. Descenders have to hang in for the technical Cakewalk and Tunnel sections on the harrowing front side descent. The full loop is about 6.5 to 7 miles. You have to earn the view up top by climbing roads and singletrack up and past the Big Red lift to descend back to the Lodge.

Downhill Course- A rugged downhill course descends from Sugar Mountain's 5,300ft peak and offers technical, rocky terrain dropping back through the Donovan's Dungeon and Lizard's Lane combination. Newton's Corner and Erich's Gap offer some drops. The Hahnenkamm section will give riders plenty of long rock sections. Return to the bottom and take a lift ride back to the top for another run.

Helmets are required. First aid stations, bike washes, restrooms, and concessions are available at the Lodge area. For more info or to call ahead and check conditions: (828)898-4521 or www.skisugar.com

First added by EZ-E on Jul 10, 2007. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-40, Take Exit 103 US-64 toward Morganton/Rutherfordton. Turn RIGHT onto Burkemont Ave. / US-64. Go 0.6mi. Turn LEFT onto US-70 / W Fleming DR / US-64 BYP. Continue to follow US-64 BYP Go 2.2 mi. Turn LEFT onto N Green ST / NC-181. Continue to follow NC-181 Go 28.7 mi. Turn slight right onto US-221 / NC-181. Go 2.9 mi. Turn RIGHT onto Newland HWY / US-221. Go 0.6 mi. Turn LEFT onto NC-105. Go 4.0 mi. Turn LEFT onto Tynecastle HWY / NC-184. Go 2 mi. Look for "Sugar Mountain" sign(on left) - Turn LEFT on Sugar Mountain Dr. Follow up to the lodge and park. Trail maps are located in a black, marked mailbox at the base of the Flying Mile slope.
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  • dlaido

    Lifts were fast and trails were fun! As an intermediate rider the green trail was fast and fun but the two new blue trails, harescramble and super natural, were my favorite. Tighter and more technical with some rock gardens, tight switchbacks and fun berms.

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  • twillgolf   ✓ supporter

    Sugar is off to a great start. I rode the green and blue trails. All of which were fine for my 150mm trail bike. The lift is fast and the trails are fun. Hopefully they can continue to add more trails.

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  • calimoore

    Not maintained. Looks shut down. The map or address on the map for this app is off.

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  • travt

    Like many ski areas this is mostly for the DH set. Bring your long travel bike.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Easy Street:

    A fun ride on it's own, but mainly use this to connect to the other trails. Not very difficult but DO watch out for the drainage ditches!

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  • silo115

    Went out to Sugar for the first time yesterday. Trails were pretty fun, but there were some sections that reeked of death. Erich's Gap is no longer a gap, as they have filled it in now, unfortunately. Me and a buddy shuttled with our cars, didn't have any problems with the locals when it came to parking. Overall, I had a blast and will definitely be hitting it up again.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    jgoldy's review is accurate, but this is a resort with trails intended for DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING. That's what it's supposed to be: tough, gnarly, nasty. I loved it! Don't be fooled by the trail map though: There is really only 1 1/2 DH singletrack trails. The rest are the ski slopes. There is one cross country trail near the base, but I didn't ride it.

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  • jgoldy

    Extremely disappointed in the Sugar Mountain experience. The best parts of the trail are made for downhill bikes ONLY. My bike required some work after this course. The NC mountains are always a wonderful place to be, but for those who are accustomed to a well-kept, and balanced trail system, this is not the place for you. The all-day lift tickets are non-refundable, so make sure you plan to get your money's worth (and spare bike parts) if you plan to take on the more challenging sections.

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  • EZ-E

    Spectator Info for the 2007 Collegiate Nationals Race(Oct 25-28):

    The best areas for spectators to catch the action of the downhill races are the finish line and creek jump at the bottom of Lizard’s Lane. Parking for the downhill competition is available at the lodge at Sugar Mountain. Lift tickets for spectators are available from the Sugar Mountain Resort.

    At 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, the downhill races for men and women in Division I and II will begin at the Sugar Mountain Resort. The downhill races are the only events not held on the campus of Lees-McRae. The downhill course at Sugar Mountain consists of a 1200 foot drop over a mile and a half of trail that includes turns in the ski runs Donovan’s drop and Lizard’s Lane, and the creek jump to the finish line.

    Practice for the downhill competition begins Friday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sugar Mountain Resort with qualifying for the race from 3 to 6 p.m.

    Top Lees-McRae riders to watch in the weekend’s competitions are Scott Stewart, a junior of Oxford, MI, and Mike Anderson, a freshman of Alpen, MI, in the cross country and short track competitions. Top downhill and dual slalom riders are Aaron Bradford, a senior of Auburn, WA, and Ben Hulse, a freshman of Mooresville, NC. Bradford will be racing in all four events and competing for the overall omnium title.

    Lees-McRae College, who finished on top of the USA Cycling Collegiate National Rankings in Div. I for the 2006-2007 season, is a favorite for the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals. Other favorites to watch during the competition are Fort Lewis College of Durango, CO; University of Colorado at Boulder; Lindsey Wilson College of Columbia, KY; and Colorado State University.

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