63.7 miles
10,513 ft
-10,515 ft
4,849 ft
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Pisgah 111K 2021 race course

Detailed Description
2021 Pisgah 111 is a 64 mile expert race route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 18 trails. This route climbs 10,513 ft with a max elevation of 4,849 ft then descends -10,515 ft.
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53 Reviews & Comments

  • - 1
BennetgapBen (Sep 18, 2022 at 15:56)
Great fun on my specialized turbo levo e bike
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Jkmichael (Aug 31, 2022 at 7:26)
It’s a green trail. Absolute side walk
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Cthomps427 (Jul 25, 2022 at 8:47)
I'm surprised this trail isn't more popular because the descents are wild. Some of the steepest, roughest hills in the area. Guessing a lot of people avoid it because it's a ton of work and logistics are a bit tough.
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milktrader (Jul 13, 2022 at 8:56)
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Roost66 (Jul 2, 2022 at 6:28)
Very nice and flowy, best of all the Black mtn trails.

Ride up the gravel road, nice climb and all downhill from the top.
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Roost66 (Jul 2, 2022 at 6:21)
Ride up the decent, if you ride from north to south it just 2 miles of hike a bike.

Down is very fun and flowy.
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steelispossiblyreal (May 7, 2022 at 21:22)
This is one of the best trails I’ve ever ridden. Perfect combo of chunk and flow. Great little jumps. Big berms with sick wall rides. If you’ve only got a quick lap in you this is the move.
  • + 1
WillMiemis (Apr 14, 2022 at 12:49)
One of the greatest down hills I’ve ever done. Almost like riding a pump track down. A couple of flat corners you have to watch out for, but other wise so flowy and fast. Hike-a-bike to top sucks but is 100% worth it for this insane downhill.
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sunringlerider (Dec 4, 2021 at 15:34)
Very overgrown. The creek crossing are not a joke. Enough so that I would not recommend this trail at all. Many better options in Pisgah
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brian1675 (Nov 23, 2021 at 13:42)
I have hiked this trail and it's not garbage. Riding it is a different story to a certain extent. Just depends on your level of love and dedication to being on a bike. The saying "Ride Your Own Ride" comes to mind.....
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Nmichaud (Nov 22, 2021 at 20:32)
I agree. Flowy, fun and a gem.
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Nmichaud (Nov 22, 2021 at 20:29)
Awesome trail, killer scenery. We were visiting and highly recommend, the (Road) climb to get there was long and a good warmup.
  • - 1
Damntheman01 (Oct 16, 2021 at 17:00)
Now let’s reroute the hiking section!

Seriously though, the new trail is super fun. Thanks to all that made it happen!
  • + 0
mwilliams82 (Sep 6, 2021 at 9:55)
Amazing ride but be ready for a 2 mile hike a bike. Take the double track gravel road up from horse stable PL. the way we went was bad( all down hill traffic even thou it say bidirectional it’s not). Short review do the work best down hill since leaving Utah.
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benfin (Aug 29, 2021 at 20:29)
It's a banger. The 90 degree sharp left turn on two big rock slabs is doable for some. I haven't been able to. I rode up the descent to skip the hike a bike. Good times.
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SOV6VW (Aug 29, 2021 at 17:45)
Rode this on 8/29. A lot of overgrowth at this point in the summer, with many thorns to boot. There’s a fork at the peak and you go right — a bit hard to see with all the overgrowth. Wouldn’t recommend at this time of year.
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manogumr (Jul 25, 2021 at 13:16)
Steady climb from Bradley creek trail back up to yellow gap road. Relatively large rock/loosely packed gravel with grass most of the way up. Much of trail is in exposed sunlight during midday
  • + 1
mtbrdag (Jul 23, 2021 at 8:10)
I agree with all of the above. This would be a garbage hiking trail its in such bad shape. At least 20 creek crossings and 200+ downed trees. It is pretty scenery, but IF it were cleaned up, I'd only consider hiking due to the number of water crossings.
  • - 2
Escottimilhizer (Apr 8, 2021 at 18:09)
An absolute must do if you love to hike your bike. Most of the trail is unridable unless one is crazy good at long sustained technical climbing. There is very little redeeming qualities except for sweet views at high points on the trail. The middle and lower sections are the only parts worth riding unless one is a glutton for punishment.
  • + 0
gpfrank (Oct 31, 2020 at 20:17)
My friends don’t like me, so they took me on this trail.
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phalley (Sep 27, 2020 at 8:15)
Do yourself a favor and take Bradley Creek Rd to connect to Yellow Gap Rd. With the numerous river crossings, overgrown shrubbery, and down trees it's more adventure than bike ride where you'll spend as much or more time off your bike than on it
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yoimaninja (Sep 8, 2020 at 6:35)
Black Mountain LOWER was probably the best DH ride of my life! ...Black Mountain UPPER was probably the worst climb of my life!
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906Yooper906 TRAILFORKS (Aug 25, 2020 at 10:09)
Descending from the Trace Ridge Trail Head to North Mills River Trail can be fun if its not wet. There are some minor rock drops/jumps. Ascending this trail from North Mills River Trail to Wash Creek Trail is not that difficult and provides for some moderately technical features to climb over vs going up the gravel roads. I would not second guess in my future rides to use this as an up hill connection.
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benfin (Aug 18, 2020 at 6:57)
This isn't the downhill section of Spencer. It is though the most beautiful ride up to the top where Spencer descent and Trace ridge start.
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pistol2ne (Aug 2, 2020 at 13:24)
Everyone pretty much nailed it. Upper is tough as shit. Hike a bike and need to be on it. The bottom is sooooooooooo much better than Upper. Heed the warnings unlike this west coast kook.
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benfin (Jul 30, 2020 at 7:21)
Trail Pilot Rock
Never try riding up this. ????
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wetzejt (Jul 28, 2020 at 19:26)
Trail Pilot Rock
Did this trail today. Seriously the hardest I’ve ever done to date. A truly black diamond.
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dindillion (Jul 28, 2020 at 16:21)
Extremely overgrown and filled with tons of mud bogs from horses. Also has like 6-7 deep river crossings that are not rideable.
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HenryCoat (Jul 26, 2020 at 12:33)
We started at Club Gap and rode down all of black mountain from there. Overall this route is not worth doing. The reworked upper black is only worth doing backwards (easy to west) which is well built specifically for that direction. The two mile climb on Middle Black is 95% hike a bike unless you have mad trails skills in which it would be 90% hike a bike. The middle black downhill was ok but not worth the climb. If you start where it intersects with turkeypen gap or turkey creek road, you’ll have a blast. The lower section has the perfect combination of tech and flow.

Summary: ride upper black East to west. Don’t mess around with middle black. And lower black is awesome.
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jfraz828 (Apr 30, 2020 at 21:15)
Whoever wrote that description is either a bitter and slow old fart, or someone trying to keep people away from a gem. Cause that’s what it is, a flowy gem.
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sharknado33 (Apr 29, 2020 at 9:58)
Even in the “downhill” direction, this trail is a real epic. Too many downed trees to count. Many hike-a-bike uphill sections. Debris and leaves piled high in many areas make the downhills spicy, even though the downhill generally doesn’t have too much technicality/big drops.
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LeoFaruq (Apr 16, 2020 at 18:46)
This seems to be the description for the other buckhorn gap climbing up from Avery Creek. This trail actually has 1 or 2 small creek crossings and only ascends about 250 feet from South Mills River to the intersection with Black Mountain and Clawhammer on a non-technical trail surface.
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SCxXxMTB (Jan 31, 2020 at 10:28)
Trail Pilot Rock
This trail is epic, no other way to put it. Go ride it.
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Sstephns (Nov 24, 2019 at 12:05)
Bring some good travel and hang on. Hike a bike for a mile if you go claw hammer and do upper. Comments below are trash, this trail is fun. Go full tilt and don't look back.
  • + 1
BradyEssary (Oct 14, 2019 at 10:04)
Trail Pilot Rock
This past weekend was my first time riding Pilot Rock. While the rocks and descent weren't a surprise, the amount and difficulty of the switchbacks did surprise me, as did how tight the trail was from the brush. The last hike-a-bike section towards the top of Laurel Mtn was no joke either.
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Elblue (Oct 5, 2019 at 10:03)
Super fun. Mildly technical, definitely a blue for Pisgah. Highly recommend in combo with fletcher creek upper and lower!
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imalikyoaz (Sep 10, 2019 at 10:44)
Climb up the gravel road, and turn right or die. Upper black is horribly awful. Middle is great for a full suspension, still very technical, lower was the most fun on my hardtail, but the hike a bike to upper pretty much ruined it. Don't go up to upper black, it's a piece of eroded trash.
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rybrentd (Jul 24, 2019 at 2:27)
I almost ran into a black bear right before trace ridge/spencer intersection on June 23, 2019. I was traveling up from the east side to ride down Trace Ridge. The bear was about 20 yards ahead traveling (barreling) down the hill right before twilight. Another user reported a bear at ingles field gap recently so potentially beware.
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LegitBiker9000 (Jun 10, 2019 at 16:23)
So Yeah As Mike Pain Would Say Absolutely Absurd!
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LegitBiker9000 (May 10, 2019 at 8:30)
Trail Pilot Rock
This is another great classic Pisgah, i would argue more difficult than what riders experience on the lower sections, however, just like every other pisgah trail, you get soaking wet. Also there are a few hike-a-bike sections, but overall amazing trail!
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 24, 2018 at 15:40)
This trail is almost as bad as having to take a lap in history class. Let alone take a history test. This trail is worse than the entire Ottoman Empire. SAD! Also, massIvly overrated, screw the 20th Century.
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LegitBiker9000 (Oct 24, 2018 at 15:30)
I don’t know what is more horrible, doing my hisory portfolio or having to ride this trail. Sad!
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blowmyfuse (Apr 16, 2020 at 7:41)
enlighten me. Trying to figure out a loop since they've shut off Avery Creek Road and Yellow Gap Rd. Limited access points to everything suddenly.
  • - 1
0ldd0c (Oct 15, 2018 at 13:47)
We began at Club Gap and had to walk/ carry our bikes up a very steep, washed out 4 mile climb that was not rideable (unless you’re on a motocross bike). Then the downhill with equally washed out trail to rattle your mind and bike. Our advice, don’t start at Club Gap if you want to ride and not carry your bike
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hellisinhello (Aug 18, 2018 at 14:08)
Trail description is far from true! Fun, flowy trail that is worth linking up with Fletcher.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:48)
We started up from club gap, which in its self, quite a challenging climb. To be honest the trail is fairly technical, but eases out on the bottom half with the rock gardens. I usually ride out west, so i find the east coast to be really lame. But to any advanced rider looking to shred something somewhat challenging, I'd suggest this trail. It also has a great loop. Don't even think about climbing up this trail
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jfdeshaies Sherbrooke (May 9, 2018 at 6:58)
Super fun, rolling, bermy and flowy trail with still a lot of option for air maneuver!
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Pgerm (Feb 21, 2018 at 8:00)
I began the trail with Club Gap to Black Mtn.... Whoa what a kick in the balls. I wasn't prepared for the nearly 2 hrs of hiking my bike up a mountain. The downhill was real chunky with big rocks and big drops. Scetchy as hell, but awesome. Really tested the limits of me and my bike. About 1/2 way down the trail transformed into a fast, fun, and flowy route with berms and jumps. Next time I'll skip the hike a bike and probably try to meet up where the flow starts near thrift cove trail
  • + 2
manglermixer (Sep 24, 2017 at 6:37)
Don't agree with this trail description, it's a fun trail that's not a creek gutter anymore.
  • + 1
difrancb (Jun 8, 2017 at 9:20)
Hey pisgah sorba, you're awesome. Great job on these trails! Beautiful flow, beautiful scenery, and beautiful forest.
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difrancb (Jun 8, 2017 at 9:18)
Pisgah sorba did a fantastic job on trail day. These trails flow so good.
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charmiller (Aug 26, 2016 at 12:19)
This trail is not technically open and includes about 20 creek crossings you have to wade.
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  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Saturday October 23, 2021 at 08:00am
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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
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More Stats for 2021 Pisgah 111 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,155 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,158 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,156 ft
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  • Distance climb
    34 miles
  • Distance down
    26 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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