6.7 miles
Distance
640 ft
Climb
-599 ft
Descent
2,745 ft
High Point

This route leaves from the Lake Imaging Parking Lot and heads out the double track climb up Lake Imaging Road, which is not always easy At the intersection of Locust and Hilltop follow the Right to ride all of Hilltop with nicely crafted singletrack and awesome forest views. Twisty and swoopy, Hilltop spits you out on Buck forest road (veer Left at the end of single track) There is an option to go right and hike down to Grassy Creek Falls if you'd like.
Once you descend a small section of Buck Forest Road go Left and climb up past the Isaac Heath and Jim Branch trails that will be on your left. Take the next left up White Pine and stay on this past Hooker Creek until you take the next Left on Hickory Mountain Road. Stay straight on this until it bends Left and opens to a small clearing past a hut on your right. This is where you will turn Left again and keep on until you reach the top of the Ridgeline descent!
This is an amazing flowy trail that seems to go on forever. Watch some of the corners as they come up quick! Be sure to take a right at the bottom to reach the Lake Imaging Parking Lot.

Detailed Description
#1- Hilltop/White Pine/Ridgeline -Roam Fest East Crankjoy Route is a 7 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Cedar Mountain North Carolina. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 640 ft with a max elevation of 2,745 ft then descends -599 ft.
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37 Reviews & Comments

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Unkas (Nov 25, 2022 at 7:35)
Trail Ridgeline
Fun butter smooth flow track. Should probably be rated green?
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Unkas (Nov 25, 2022 at 7:35)
Trail Ridgeline
Fun butter smooth flow track. Should probably be rated green?
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mattbortis (Nov 24, 2022 at 21:13)
Trail Ridgeline
I used to really enjoy this trail, I’ve ridden it a lot over the last couple years and it was one of my favorite quick loop rides. After the recent revision it lost any and all technical elements and feels like a groomed pump track….sad…..
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mattbortis (Nov 24, 2022 at 21:13)
Trail Ridgeline
I used to really enjoy this trail, I’ve ridden it a lot over the last couple years and it was one of my favorite quick loop rides. After the recent revision it lost any and all technical elements and feels like a groomed pump track….sad…..
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RobJazo (Sep 25, 2022 at 17:03)
Trail Ridgeline
Thank you to the trail workers who took a great trail and dialed it to 11! Did 3 loops today and every time I hit the bottom of the trail, groups of riders were smiling and laughing about how much fun the revisions are. Great job and many thanks!
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RobJazo (Sep 25, 2022 at 17:03)
Trail Ridgeline
Thank you to the trail workers who took a great trail and dialed it to 11! Did 3 loops today and every time I hit the bottom of the trail, groups of riders were smiling and laughing about how much fun the revisions are. Great job and many thanks!
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borski99 (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:35)
Trail Ridgeline
RIP Ridgeline. It's gone
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borski99 (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:35)
Trail Ridgeline
RIP Ridgeline. It's gone
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:11)
Basic double-track road out of the Buck Forest Parking area leading to various trails in the north / northwest sector of the forest. Relatively flat and smooth surface with little climbing.
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:04)
Trail Ridgeline
Hit Ridgeline yesterday, coming down from Hickory Mountain Loop. Seemed much faster than it was the last time I rode it (maybe 4-5 years ago). I have to rate it as the best ~2 mile downhill rip I've ever been on... which includes all the super flowy stuff at Kerr Scott Lake.
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:04)
Trail Ridgeline
Hit Ridgeline yesterday, coming down from Hickory Mountain Loop. Seemed much faster than it was the last time I rode it (maybe 4-5 years ago). I have to rate it as the best ~2 mile downhill rip I've ever been on... which includes all the super flowy stuff at Kerr Scott Lake.
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NERyder (Apr 18, 2021 at 4:20)
Nice climbing road, though if you had to come down it it has a lot of crests you could boost to make it more engaging
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NERyder (Apr 18, 2021 at 4:20)
Nice climbing road, though if you had to come down it it has a lot of crests you could boost to make it more engaging
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NERyder (Apr 18, 2021 at 4:20)
Nice climbing road, though if you had to come down it it has a lot of crests you could boost to make it more engaging
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NERyder (Apr 16, 2021 at 16:00)
Trail Ridgeline
Interesting range of comments on this trail. Here is my take. It is not techy or marked a black Diamond. It has some natural contours you can boost but it it not a jump trail. What it is is a great flow trail that you can rail down at Mach 10 and have a lot of fun doing it. If that is what your expecting I think you won’t be disappointed. I would match it with Hickory Mth Loop running it counterclockwise and it makes for a nice long Blue rated trail descent. Hickory is more technical but you can still just pin your ears back from the top of it and fly down from there to the parking lot and have a nice smile on your face the rest of the day
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NERyder (Apr 16, 2021 at 16:00)
Trail Ridgeline
Interesting range of comments on this trail. Here is my take. It is not techy or marked a black Diamond. It has some natural contours you can boost but it it not a jump trail. What it is is a great flow trail that you can rail down at Mach 10 and have a lot of fun doing it. If that is what your expecting I think you won’t be disappointed. I would match it with Hickory Mth Loop running it counterclockwise and it makes for a nice long Blue rated trail descent. Hickory is more technical but you can still just pin your ears back from the top of it and fly down from there to the parking lot and have a nice smile on your face the rest of the day
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fskier (May 26, 2021 at 7:33)
Trail Ridgeline
Agree with NERyder's assessment. No gnar but it's advertised that way and if you want that, plenty of other options all around here. But if you think you'd like 1.6 miles of Super-G style buff ripping, one of my faves (I said at the end, that was as fun as 401 in CB).
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fskier (May 26, 2021 at 7:33)
Trail Ridgeline
Agree with NERyder's assessment. No gnar but it's advertised that way and if you want that, plenty of other options all around here. But if you think you'd like 1.6 miles of Super-G style buff ripping, one of my faves (I said at the end, that was as fun as 401 in CB).
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:48)
Trail Ridgeline
One of the best trails I've ridden. Fast and flowy, a must do.
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:48)
Trail Ridgeline
One of the best trails I've ridden. Fast and flowy, a must do.
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aacrump (Jul 23, 2020 at 15:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Super fun fast flow trail. Anybody from a complete beginner, all the way to a seasoned pro would have an amazing time on Ridgeline. There were some braking bumps when I rode it, but definitely nothing bad in comparison to bike park trails. Something else to look out for is some wildlife, as when I was riding on my first lap down, a black bear ran across the trail about 15 feet in front of me. I’m not sure how common this is, but it’s definitely something to look out for.
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aacrump (Jul 23, 2020 at 15:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Super fun fast flow trail. Anybody from a complete beginner, all the way to a seasoned pro would have an amazing time on Ridgeline. There were some braking bumps when I rode it, but definitely nothing bad in comparison to bike park trails. Something else to look out for is some wildlife, as when I was riding on my first lap down, a black bear ran across the trail about 15 feet in front of me. I’m not sure how common this is, but it’s definitely something to look out for.
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Dirt-pilot (Sep 24, 2019 at 4:43)
Trail Ridgeline
If you are looking for a chunky steep challenge it’s not for you but if you want a super fun fast and flowy trail I’ve ridden all over the world and it doesn’t get much better.
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Dirt-pilot (Sep 24, 2019 at 4:43)
Trail Ridgeline
If you are looking for a chunky steep challenge it’s not for you but if you want a super fun fast and flowy trail I’ve ridden all over the world and it doesn’t get much better.
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Joshua7Dunn (Sep 19, 2019 at 4:35)
Trail Hilltop
These pictures of big jumps are of the wrong trail. These are pictures of Hilltop Bike Park.
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cleaverwrh (Nov 2, 2018 at 20:23)
Trail Ridgeline
Not really that great. On a long weekend trip, rode in Pisgah first and all the trails there were way better than this one. I guess this might be an exciting trail for someone who doesn’t really ride trails.
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cleaverwrh (Nov 2, 2018 at 20:23)
Trail Ridgeline
Not really that great. On a long weekend trip, rode in Pisgah first and all the trails there were way better than this one. I guess this might be an exciting trail for someone who doesn’t really ride trails.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Honestly a pretty lame trail, nothing difficult or necessarily fun. The peddle up is super easy, and the decent can be done by just about anyone. However, it is well maintained, and i do recommend it to anyone trying to learn how to ride their first downhill single track.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Honestly a pretty lame trail, nothing difficult or necessarily fun. The peddle up is super easy, and the decent can be done by just about anyone. However, it is well maintained, and i do recommend it to anyone trying to learn how to ride their first downhill single track.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10) (Below Threshold) show comment
Trail Ridgeline
Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10) (Below Threshold) show comment
Trail Ridgeline
Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
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SeanThePirate (Apr 15, 2018 at 14:40)
Ride 1st 1/2 to Hooker Creek
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noravelp (Dec 4, 2017 at 18:31)
Trail Ridgeline
during the recent trail maintenance performed by the forest service they removed the one and only TTF from Ridgeline. I'll miss my favorite part of the trail, the ridable log near the bottom.
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noravelp (Dec 4, 2017 at 18:31)
Trail Ridgeline
during the recent trail maintenance performed by the forest service they removed the one and only TTF from Ridgeline. I'll miss my favorite part of the trail, the ridable log near the bottom.
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Elduder714 (May 28, 2017 at 19:59)
Trail Hilltop
Way better than taking imaging lake road up.
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h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
Trail Ridgeline
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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h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
Trail Ridgeline
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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    59
More Stats for #1- Hilltop/White Pine/Ridgeline -Roam Fest East Crankjoy Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,309 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,327 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,369 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -21.5%
  • Grade min
    32.2%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,287 ft
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