8.6 miles
1,423 ft
-1,336 ft
3,524 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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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More Stats for #11- Clawhammer/Middle/Lower Black -Roam Fest East Crankjoy Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,157 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,157 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,244 ft
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,932 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Black Mountain Trail (Lower)
Oct 18, 2021 @ 8:22pm
Oct 18, 2021
So nice
Clawhammer Road
Oct 16, 2021 @ 3:52am
Oct 16, 2021
Maxwell Cove
Oct 10, 2021 @ 3:42pm
Oct 10, 2021
Avery Creek Road
Aug 27, 2021 @ 2:27pm
Aug 27, 2021
Highway US 276
Aug 21, 2021 @ 3:56am
Aug 21, 2021
Open to Parkway. Be sure to check parkway website for open/closure status.
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