1.5 miles
51 ft
-480 ft
Avg time

Ridgeline Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking

Ridgeline is a crown jewel of Dupont State Recreational Forest. For many mountain bikers and equistrians, this is their favorite trail or at least in their top three. This 1 1/2 miles of singletrack thru pine forest is officially rated 'difficult' but most would find it a 'moderate' trail at most, and that is mostly due to the length and elevation change. From Lake Imaging Road it is a steady but not steep climb to the high point just before the intersection with Hooker Creek Trail. Then it is a gradual descent or flat on to the end of the trail at Hickory Mountain Road and Hickory Mountain Loop.

With the exception of one very short steep, narrow section of loose rocks, there are no big technical challenges (other than the obvious potential to develop too much speed on the downhill). Sight lines are fantastic and the flow is amazing.

This trail is so much fun on a mountain bike that it should probably be a controlled substance. For the ultimate downhill blast, ride to the top of Hickory Mountain Loop, take a mintue to catch your breath and prepare to smile all the way to the parking lot, barely needing to pedal. (Read the Trail Notes on Hickory Mountain Loop.)

Beginning mountain bikers need to have good speed control and braking skills before tackling this and many of the other trails at Dupont. Learn how to use that front brake correctly (it is 80% of your stopping power) and PLEASE don't skid that rear tire on our precious trails.

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More Stats for Ridgeline mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -429 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,317 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,753 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,746 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,317 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    905 ft
  • Distance down
    1.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    385 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 16, 2016
Avg: 4.9 (12 votes)

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Ridgeline Trail Reports

Oct 16, 2016 @ 1:26pm
Oct 16, 2016
They just did trail maintenance on 10/15/16.
May 5, 2016 @ 11:21am
May 5, 2016
Mar 14, 2015 @ 8:44pm
Mar 14, 2015
Great grip
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Jun 2, 2015 @ 5:03pm
Jun 2, 2015
Ridgeline, Brevard
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Mar 18, 2014 @ 7:44am
Mar 18, 2014
Ridgeline, Brevard

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
 This trail was recently overhauled from a bit on the technical side to very fast with berms and nice banks. Sad to see the old trail go but the new one is hella-fun.

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