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.
Local Trail AssociationPisgah Area SORBA (www.pisgahareasorba.org)
More Stats for Ridgeline mountain bike trail
Altitude change-429 ft
Altitude min2,317 ft
Altitude max2,753 ft
Altitude start2,746 ft
Altitude end2,317 ft
Distance climb905 ft
Distance down1.3 miles
Distance flat385 ft
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Routes with this trail
|Freehub Magazine: Hickory Mountain Loop||6.1 miles|
|Taste of DuPont||18.0 miles|
|Ridgeline for beginners||5.3 miles|
|Branch Heath Locust Buck Hickory Ridgeline Loop||8.9 miles|