18.1 miles
3,502 ft
-3,503 ft
4,065 ft
High Point

After the great climb up Clawhammer road you get to test your self up Black Mnt. trail till to get to Buckwheat knob trail.... and after all that fun you get to rally down bennett gap trail, then head back to Sycamore Cycles!!! This ride is not for the faint of heart. It is wicked hard up and down.

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Trails in Route


  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Claw-->Black-->Buck-->Bennett mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,127 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,129 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,128 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8.4 miles
  • Distance down
    7.9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.8 miles
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Waking up the Woods
Waking up the Woods
1:25 | 3059 | comments: 7 | favs: 42
Sep 5, 2016
Self-filmed segment of dawn patrol on Lower Black.
Some Pisgah
Some Pisgah
4:27 | 98 | comments: 0 | favs:
Aug 7, 2016
Exploring the new backyard with @brappetite and playing with the new gimbal. Mostly black mountain, some sycamore, kitsuma.
Cruising in Pisgah Forest
Cruising in Pisgah Forest
3:17 | 330 | comments: 0 | favs: 2
Mar 27, 2016
Carrying some pretty serious speed down Benett Gap in Pisgah Forest NC.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Black Mountain
Sep 6, 2016 @ 9:47am
Sep 6, 2016
Downed trees just below Thrift Cove intersection. Large tree down across trail, blocking trail
Bennett Gap
Jul 27, 2016 @ 7:50am
Jul 27, 2016
OPEN YEAR ROUND TO BIKES NOW with the cooperation of Forest Service staff, Pisgah Area SORBA and trail adoption by The Hub Bike Shop. Be aware of potential trail sabotage. Roofing nails and debris were placed in the trail in what seems a response to the change, but was fully cleared as of 07/27/2016
Clawhammer Rd
Mar 27, 2016 @ 12:28pm
Mar 27, 2016
Never ending climb.
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