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!

Detailed Description
#11- Clawhammer/Middle/Lower Black -Roam Fest East Crankjoy Route is a 9 mile popular expert route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 1,423 ft with a max elevation of 3,524 ft then descends -1,336 ft.
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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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    One Direction
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More Stats for #11- Clawhammer/Middle/Lower Black -Roam Fest East Crankjoy Route mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 27 min
  • 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: 3.65 (3 votes)
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