18.6 miles
Distance
5,961 ft
Climb
-5,962 ft
Descent
3,513 ft
High Point

Squirrel Gap is a classic ride in Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard, NC. The route starts from the Turkeypen Trailhead, off of Highway 280 and descends out of the parking lot, crossing the South Mills River on a footbridge, and then climbing to the Mullinax trail before intersecting the Squirrel Gap trail. Squirrel continues left and climbs several more miles on technical, pristine, single-track for passing a few other trails and turn offs until intersecting the South Mills River trail once again after crossing a second foot bridge. The out and back route turns around here, climbs back up for a couple of miles, and then descends back to the Mullinax intersection, following Mullinax back down to the South Mills River trail, once again, retracing what was ridden earlier. Once the trail crosses the first footbridge, it can be followed back up the initial technical single-track descent to the parking lot or one can turn left and follow double-track up and out for an easier option.

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Pisgah Area SORBA (www.pisgahareasorba.org)
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag bizutch (Sep 14, 2015 at 5:01)
 Thanks for posting the details. Strava doesn't offer the cues your notes do.
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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Freehub Magazine: Squirrel Gap - Out and Back mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,400 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,657 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,656 ft
  • Grade max
    -66.954%
  • Grade min
    63.6%
  • Distance climb
    8.7 miles
  • Distance down
    8.7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.2 miles
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