17.4 miles
2,700 ft
-2,700 ft
3,478 ft
High Point

Route from Bent Creek to Trace Ridge and back

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Bent Creek to Trace Ridge is a 17 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Bent Creek North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 2,700 ft with a max elevation of 3,478 ft then descends -2,700 ft.
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12 Reviews & Comments

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shralping-the-cube (Feb 14, 2023 at 19:32)
If Buckwheat Knob and Bennet Gap are single black, this is a blue. It’s just one straight shot with like two corners total. It’s not steep whatsoever, and like 70% of the trail is flat dirt. The other 30% is little bursts of chunky sections. If it was steeper and had at least twice as many chunky sections and a lot more corners, it would be great. As is, it’s fun once in a while.
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scott4238 (Oct 23, 2022 at 17:24)
The "drop" is maybe 2-3 ft at most and If you're game for a black trail you're gonna be fine. Nothing technical on this just rough and fast. Wasn't my favorite descent not too many turns just a straight shot. Absolutely beautiful views, definitely worth checking out tho.
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nc-sc-climber (Apr 17, 2022 at 5:19)
The drop at the start with the tree as a lip isn't so bad with a full squish bike. I didn't get bucked and I also didn't bunny hop it (thought it couldn't be the drop that everyone was worried about). The harder parts of the trail were the loose rock and a section of back to back drops that had a double drop in it. Trying to air gap that double drop could definitely get someone hurt, and is probably possible with how fast this trail rides. Definitely a black diamond trail.
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Boostiiyo (Apr 13, 2022 at 8:47)
One of the best trails in Pisgah if you ask me. It’s pretty much a straight shot down so you can pick up some crazy speed and fly off the drops smoothly. Watch out for the first big drop at the very beginning.
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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.
  • - 2
BennetgapBen (Aug 24, 2021 at 6:22)
This is a blue not black
  • + 1
provin1327 (Apr 8, 2021 at 13:29)
Wow, one of the best descents I have ever ridden. Very high speed, chunky but nothing crazy and berms with loads of grip. An absolute must do trail!
  • + 1
Spiderman1028 (Sep 22, 2020 at 15:25)
What legitbiker9000 said haha.
  • + 1
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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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 (May 20, 2019 at 8:01)
Honestly way better descent than spencer gap, yeah spencer gap may have a few man build features on it, but screw it, where would u rather end on a uphill or have a full descent of classic pisgah?
  • + 1
Mightywhite (Jul 2, 2018 at 8:04)
Super fun trail with a few water bar sections, nothing heavy. Feels like a bit less refined Kitsuma. Highly recommended.

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More Stats for Bent Creek to Trace Ridge mountain bike route
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  • Altitude min
    2,216 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,216 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,215 ft
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Trace Ridge Trail - N. Mills River, NC.
Trace Ridge Trail - N. Mills River, NC.
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Feb 16, 2022
Trace Ridge Trail, Mills River, NC. More pedaling than thought once on actual trail, still worth it.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Lower Sidehill (Eastern)
Jan 28, 2023 @ 11:21pm
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Spencer Gap (Upper)
Jan 28, 2023 @ 2:11am
Jan 28, 2023
First half is great, but the bottom half where the leaves are not covering the trail has some muddy spots that are quite slick.
Trace Ridge Trail
Jan 27, 2023 @ 6:11pm
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Lower Sidehill (Western)
Jul 24, 2022 @ 4:49am
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