9 miles
Distance
1,718 ft
Climb
-1,655 ft
Descent
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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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    205
More Stats for #11- Clawhammer/Middle/Lower Black -Roam Fest East Crankjoy Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,156 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,157 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,220 ft
  • Grade
    0.14%
  • Grade max
    -34.247%
  • Grade min
    53.673%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,421 ft
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      Black Mountain Pisgah
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      Thrift Cove to Lower Black Mtn
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Clawhammer Rd
      Feb 16, 2019 @ 11:31am
      Feb 16, 2019
      FS 5099
      Feb 14, 2019 @ 9:00am
      Feb 14, 2019
      Black Mountain
      Feb 8, 2019 @ 4:29pm
      Feb 8, 2019
      Middle is in good condition, no major downed trees or other hazards. Mostly dry except for a few spots that tend to hold water. Lower is hit or mess, but very slippery in some sections and probably best avoided with the freeze/thaw going on. Take Thrift instead.
      Avery Creek Road
      Feb 2, 2019 @ 8:10am
      Feb 2, 2019
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