9 miles
1,718 ft
-1,655 ft
3,539 ft
High Point

This is a great way to get a bigger portion of Pisgah on your plate, without getting too far "out there".
From the lower Black parking area head out on the Hwy 276 (mind the cars!!) Take a right on Avery Creek Rd (gravel) toward the Horse Stables. Once you reach the stables, ride through the parking lot and look for the gate behind the stables, climbing up this double track gravel until the first intersection on the right. Take the right marked FS 5099 and keep on up. Keep an eye out for a cool historic chimney on your right as you climb. Enjoy the dripping rocks and cool green tunnels as you suffer. You are just about to the top!
Once at the Black intersection take a right and see if you can clean Hickory Knob without dabbing! Once this rooty steep climb is over it's all downhill from there! Enjoy your way down Middle and take a right onto Lower Black all the way back down to the parking lot. This trail has some technical rooty and steep sections, so keep your head up and be safe. If you feel like you are in over your head, there is no shame in walking a section- better safe than sorry- live to shred another day!

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More Stats for #11- Clawhammer/Middle/Lower Black -Roam Fest East Crankjoy Route mountain bike route
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    2,156 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,157 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,220 ft
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    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,421 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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      Black Mountain in :60
      Black Mountain in :60
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      Apr 10, 2020
      Following Andrew Slowey down the rebuilt and renewed Black Mountain trail in Pisgah!

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Avery Creek Road
      May 15, 2020 @ 10:36am
      May 15, 2020
      Black Mountain
      Apr 23, 2020 @ 4:56am
      Apr 23, 2020
      Middle and lower black (from Turkey Pen down) are completely clear of trees as well as the DH from Rich Mtn to Club Gap. The top of Rich down to just above the shelter has 10-12 new trees down in addition to 2-3 that have been down for a few months. Most trees are 20"+ diameter. There is a 24"+ diameter old growth about 1/4 mile above the shelter then 2-3 more about another 1/4 mile above in the usual problem area where all the trees have been falling past few years. 5-8 more trees are spread out before the top of Rich Mountain.
      Clawhammer Rd
      Mar 12, 2020 @ 4:54am
      Mar 12, 2020
      8 inch tree blocking the road
      Maxwell Cove
      Oct 14, 2019 @ 11:41am
      Oct 14, 2019
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