13.2 miles
Distance
1,605 ft
Climb
-1,607 ft
Descent
2,990 ft
High Point

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Detailed Description
Best of DuPont - Updated 2019 is a highly rated 13 mile popular intermediate route located near Cedar Mountain North Carolina. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 18 trails. This route climbs 1,605 ft with a max elevation of 2,990 ft then descends -1,607 ft.
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78 Reviews & Comments

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RobJazo (Sep 25, 2022 at 17:03)
Trail Ridgeline
Thank you to the trail workers who took a great trail and dialed it to 11! Did 3 loops today and every time I hit the bottom of the trail, groups of riders were smiling and laughing about how much fun the revisions are. Great job and many thanks!
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RobJazo (Sep 25, 2022 at 17:03)
Trail Ridgeline
Thank you to the trail workers who took a great trail and dialed it to 11! Did 3 loops today and every time I hit the bottom of the trail, groups of riders were smiling and laughing about how much fun the revisions are. Great job and many thanks!
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RobJazo (Sep 25, 2022 at 17:03)
Trail Ridgeline
Thank you to the trail workers who took a great trail and dialed it to 11! Did 3 loops today and every time I hit the bottom of the trail, groups of riders were smiling and laughing about how much fun the revisions are. Great job and many thanks!
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borski99 (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:35)
Trail Ridgeline
RIP Ridgeline. It's gone
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borski99 (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:35)
Trail Ridgeline
RIP Ridgeline. It's gone
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borski99 (Sep 10, 2022 at 11:35)
Trail Ridgeline
RIP Ridgeline. It's gone
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Kunzrichard (Aug 23, 2022 at 18:39)
Trail Rocky Ridge
Hornest nest near turn for Stone Mountain.
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etasber (Jun 17, 2022 at 16:13)
LOVED this trail !!! (clockwise)
This may be my all-time favorite trail! Can be ridden very fast even the 1st time. Full of natural features like small natural drops and small natural "jumps". If you're going fast, there's a ton of split second "Send or Steer-around" decisions. I only chickened-our of one rocky drop.
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nc-sc-climber (Jun 9, 2022 at 10:56)
I realize that the descent might be longer the other way, but it's not worth the tech climbing for most people.
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HitTheTwit (Jun 4, 2022 at 9:33)
Counter clockwise is better
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tubbnation (Apr 18, 2022 at 7:59)
Trail Rocky Ridge
Trail is a fast, flowing piece of work. Lots of fun!

Btw, rating needs to be changed to Blue.
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DownhillDaniel20 (Feb 24, 2022 at 5:46)
Super tecky trail an absulut blaast to bomb down but hard to climb up. Worth it though!
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:11)
Basic double-track road out of the Buck Forest Parking area leading to various trails in the north / northwest sector of the forest. Relatively flat and smooth surface with little climbing.
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:04)
Trail Ridgeline
Hit Ridgeline yesterday, coming down from Hickory Mountain Loop. Seemed much faster than it was the last time I rode it (maybe 4-5 years ago). I have to rate it as the best ~2 mile downhill rip I've ever been on... which includes all the super flowy stuff at Kerr Scott Lake.
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:04)
Trail Ridgeline
Hit Ridgeline yesterday, coming down from Hickory Mountain Loop. Seemed much faster than it was the last time I rode it (maybe 4-5 years ago). I have to rate it as the best ~2 mile downhill rip I've ever been on... which includes all the super flowy stuff at Kerr Scott Lake.
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wmcelwee (Dec 1, 2021 at 11:04)
Trail Ridgeline
Hit Ridgeline yesterday, coming down from Hickory Mountain Loop. Seemed much faster than it was the last time I rode it (maybe 4-5 years ago). I have to rate it as the best ~2 mile downhill rip I've ever been on... which includes all the super flowy stuff at Kerr Scott Lake.
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Gatomiami81 (Aug 27, 2021 at 9:35)
Great ride.
Rocky Ridge and the last two trails were awesome
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Scrob (Aug 6, 2021 at 19:38)
Trail Rocky Ridge
Excellent downhill trail, especially when you combine it on a longer loop. You can chill or really push it. Lots of fun turns and plenty of water bars to get air
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Katilou (Jul 5, 2021 at 12:32)
Sweeeeet! Thank you for this route. First time at Dupont and this ride was top knock. Flowy and fast.
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NERyder (Apr 18, 2021 at 4:20)
Nice climbing road, though if you had to come down it it has a lot of crests you could boost to make it more engaging
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NERyder (Apr 18, 2021 at 4:20)
Nice climbing road, though if you had to come down it it has a lot of crests you could boost to make it more engaging
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NERyder (Apr 18, 2021 at 4:20)
Nice climbing road, though if you had to come down it it has a lot of crests you could boost to make it more engaging
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NERyder (Apr 16, 2021 at 16:00)
Trail Ridgeline
Interesting range of comments on this trail. Here is my take. It is not techy or marked a black Diamond. It has some natural contours you can boost but it it not a jump trail. What it is is a great flow trail that you can rail down at Mach 10 and have a lot of fun doing it. If that is what your expecting I think you won’t be disappointed. I would match it with Hickory Mth Loop running it counterclockwise and it makes for a nice long Blue rated trail descent. Hickory is more technical but you can still just pin your ears back from the top of it and fly down from there to the parking lot and have a nice smile on your face the rest of the day
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NERyder (Apr 16, 2021 at 16:00)
Trail Ridgeline
Interesting range of comments on this trail. Here is my take. It is not techy or marked a black Diamond. It has some natural contours you can boost but it it not a jump trail. What it is is a great flow trail that you can rail down at Mach 10 and have a lot of fun doing it. If that is what your expecting I think you won’t be disappointed. I would match it with Hickory Mth Loop running it counterclockwise and it makes for a nice long Blue rated trail descent. Hickory is more technical but you can still just pin your ears back from the top of it and fly down from there to the parking lot and have a nice smile on your face the rest of the day
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NERyder (Apr 16, 2021 at 16:00)
Trail Ridgeline
Interesting range of comments on this trail. Here is my take. It is not techy or marked a black Diamond. It has some natural contours you can boost but it it not a jump trail. What it is is a great flow trail that you can rail down at Mach 10 and have a lot of fun doing it. If that is what your expecting I think you won’t be disappointed. I would match it with Hickory Mth Loop running it counterclockwise and it makes for a nice long Blue rated trail descent. Hickory is more technical but you can still just pin your ears back from the top of it and fly down from there to the parking lot and have a nice smile on your face the rest of the day
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fskier (May 26, 2021 at 7:33)
Trail Ridgeline
Agree with NERyder's assessment. No gnar but it's advertised that way and if you want that, plenty of other options all around here. But if you think you'd like 1.6 miles of Super-G style buff ripping, one of my faves (I said at the end, that was as fun as 401 in CB).
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fskier (May 26, 2021 at 7:33)
Trail Ridgeline
Agree with NERyder's assessment. No gnar but it's advertised that way and if you want that, plenty of other options all around here. But if you think you'd like 1.6 miles of Super-G style buff ripping, one of my faves (I said at the end, that was as fun as 401 in CB).
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fskier (May 26, 2021 at 7:33)
Trail Ridgeline
Agree with NERyder's assessment. No gnar but it's advertised that way and if you want that, plenty of other options all around here. But if you think you'd like 1.6 miles of Super-G style buff ripping, one of my faves (I said at the end, that was as fun as 401 in CB).
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NERyder (Apr 16, 2021 at 15:50)
I rode this counter clockwise and loved it. Bit of a steep techy climb counter clockwise followed by a mixed terrain descent. Lots of rocks you can boost off at speed. Lots of small rock and root drops in succession. I thought it was really great. Couple of sandy corners but otherwise it was a nice chunky blue rated descent that you could really pin your ears back and charge down.
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Allan67 (Apr 9, 2021 at 16:07)
Trail Rocky Ridge
Definitely a Blue
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:50)
As others have said fast and fun but its over too quick!
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:49)
Trail Rocky Ridge
Definitly not a black, maybe a blue black at best. Fun, flowing, switchbacks and a few rocky sections but overall nothing crazy. Not a must do trail by any means but worth doing for sure.
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:48)
Trail Ridgeline
One of the best trails I've ridden. Fast and flowy, a must do.
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:48)
Trail Ridgeline
One of the best trails I've ridden. Fast and flowy, a must do.
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:48)
Trail Ridgeline
One of the best trails I've ridden. Fast and flowy, a must do.
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provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:46)
I rode this counter clockwise as suggested by the Best of Dupont 2019 route and it was not worth the climb up. The trail started out awesome for the first few turns then it just petered off and got flat and boring. Maybe clockwise is the better way?
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SeaIris (Aug 26, 2020 at 17:44)
Trail Jim Branch
Open and clear but a little wet with some puddles in some spots.
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SeaIris (Aug 26, 2020 at 17:44)
Trail Jim Branch
Open and clear but a little wet with some puddles in some spots.
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tonelocust (Aug 24, 2020 at 16:16)
A loop so nice, I did it twice. Trail conditions were superb on this day. Pretty straight forward route of ride up to the top to hit several pieces of single track. All very doable by competent riders. First time down Ridgeline. That trail is special. Tree down which requires portage, yet not a biggie.
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Ralton (Jul 24, 2020 at 13:43)
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aacrump (Jul 23, 2020 at 15:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Super fun fast flow trail. Anybody from a complete beginner, all the way to a seasoned pro would have an amazing time on Ridgeline. There were some braking bumps when I rode it, but definitely nothing bad in comparison to bike park trails. Something else to look out for is some wildlife, as when I was riding on my first lap down, a black bear ran across the trail about 15 feet in front of me. I’m not sure how common this is, but it’s definitely something to look out for.
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aacrump (Jul 23, 2020 at 15:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Super fun fast flow trail. Anybody from a complete beginner, all the way to a seasoned pro would have an amazing time on Ridgeline. There were some braking bumps when I rode it, but definitely nothing bad in comparison to bike park trails. Something else to look out for is some wildlife, as when I was riding on my first lap down, a black bear ran across the trail about 15 feet in front of me. I’m not sure how common this is, but it’s definitely something to look out for.
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aacrump (Jul 23, 2020 at 15:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Super fun fast flow trail. Anybody from a complete beginner, all the way to a seasoned pro would have an amazing time on Ridgeline. There were some braking bumps when I rode it, but definitely nothing bad in comparison to bike park trails. Something else to look out for is some wildlife, as when I was riding on my first lap down, a black bear ran across the trail about 15 feet in front of me. I’m not sure how common this is, but it’s definitely something to look out for.
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Billroske (May 29, 2020 at 13:12)
Ditto. Clockwise and then ridgeline. Deeeply enjoyed by me and my wife.
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manglermixer (Mar 15, 2020 at 9:32)
Trail Rocky Ridge
There is no “steep gnar” at the bottom of this trail. There’s switchbacks at the bottom and some may be considered steep’sh, but it’s very chill. Blue trail for sure.
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Sstephns (Feb 23, 2020 at 12:00)
Trail Rocky Ridge
Tons of fun. Not as good as ridgeline, but still very fun. Definitely not black.
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gquillo (Nov 22, 2019 at 11:00)
Great way to hit the highlights for my first time at DuPont. Bit too much time on fire roads than trail for my taste but made for quick access to the trails I wanted to be sure to ride. Appreciate the route! Can’t wait to come back
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Cookrx7 (Nov 17, 2019 at 11:18)
Fantastic route! Punchy climbs the first 2-3 miles but the last run from Rocky to Ridgeline is epic!!
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SCxXxMTB (Oct 9, 2019 at 21:09)
Only thing wrong with this DH is that it's not 10x longer. Fast shot of adrenaline right to the heart.
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Dirt-pilot (Sep 24, 2019 at 4:43)
Trail Ridgeline
If you are looking for a chunky steep challenge it’s not for you but if you want a super fun fast and flowy trail I’ve ridden all over the world and it doesn’t get much better.
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Dirt-pilot (Sep 24, 2019 at 4:43)
Trail Ridgeline
If you are looking for a chunky steep challenge it’s not for you but if you want a super fun fast and flowy trail I’ve ridden all over the world and it doesn’t get much better.
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Dirt-pilot (Sep 24, 2019 at 4:43)
Trail Ridgeline
If you are looking for a chunky steep challenge it’s not for you but if you want a super fun fast and flowy trail I’ve ridden all over the world and it doesn’t get much better.
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906Yooper906 TRAILFORKS (Sep 17, 2019 at 17:24)
Trail Rifle Trail
Short fun and fast downhill!!! Just hit the brakes before sky valley.
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Elblue (Aug 3, 2019 at 9:52)
Trail Rocky Ridge
Awesome trail. IMO almost as good as ridgeline. Switchbacks in lower third make you check your speed but a great ride.
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manglermixer (Jun 24, 2019 at 15:08)
Trail Rocky Ridge
This should be a blue rated trail
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hcore33 (Jun 9, 2019 at 18:24)
Trail Rocky Ridge
Ride this trail from red to green. Take the road to the top and enjoy the fast run down. The last leg of the trail will test anyone's cornering skill .
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906Yooper906 TRAILFORKS (May 29, 2019 at 12:19)
First time riding trail today. Rode clockwise climb was tough and had to hike through a couple spots but the trip down was great!
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EarthFalcon (Feb 2, 2019 at 19:02)
Super fun trail clockwise. The climb is tough, but a very rewarding and fun descent follows. Link this with Ridgeline for a great, long descent.
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cleaverwrh (Nov 2, 2018 at 20:23)
Trail Ridgeline
Not really that great. On a long weekend trip, rode in Pisgah first and all the trails there were way better than this one. I guess this might be an exciting trail for someone who doesn’t really ride trails.
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cleaverwrh (Nov 2, 2018 at 20:23)
Trail Ridgeline
Not really that great. On a long weekend trip, rode in Pisgah first and all the trails there were way better than this one. I guess this might be an exciting trail for someone who doesn’t really ride trails.
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cleaverwrh (Nov 2, 2018 at 20:23)
Trail Ridgeline
Not really that great. On a long weekend trip, rode in Pisgah first and all the trails there were way better than this one. I guess this might be an exciting trail for someone who doesn’t really ride trails.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Honestly a pretty lame trail, nothing difficult or necessarily fun. The peddle up is super easy, and the decent can be done by just about anyone. However, it is well maintained, and i do recommend it to anyone trying to learn how to ride their first downhill single track.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Honestly a pretty lame trail, nothing difficult or necessarily fun. The peddle up is super easy, and the decent can be done by just about anyone. However, it is well maintained, and i do recommend it to anyone trying to learn how to ride their first downhill single track.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:40)
Trail Ridgeline
Honestly a pretty lame trail, nothing difficult or necessarily fun. The peddle up is super easy, and the decent can be done by just about anyone. However, it is well maintained, and i do recommend it to anyone trying to learn how to ride their first downhill single track.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10) (Below Threshold) show comment
Trail Ridgeline
Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10) (Below Threshold) show comment
Trail Ridgeline
Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10) (Below Threshold) show comment
Trail Ridgeline
Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
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SeanThePirate (Apr 15, 2018 at 14:40)
Ride 1st 1/2 to Hooker Creek
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SeanThePirate (Apr 15, 2018 at 14:39)
Great little DH on first 1/2
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noravelp (Dec 4, 2017 at 18:31)
Trail Ridgeline
during the recent trail maintenance performed by the forest service they removed the one and only TTF from Ridgeline. I'll miss my favorite part of the trail, the ridable log near the bottom.
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noravelp (Dec 4, 2017 at 18:31)
Trail Ridgeline
during the recent trail maintenance performed by the forest service they removed the one and only TTF from Ridgeline. I'll miss my favorite part of the trail, the ridable log near the bottom.
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noravelp (Dec 4, 2017 at 18:31)
Trail Ridgeline
during the recent trail maintenance performed by the forest service they removed the one and only TTF from Ridgeline. I'll miss my favorite part of the trail, the ridable log near the bottom.
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Elduder714 (May 28, 2017 at 20:00)
Trail Jim Branch
The first part up the rocks is so fun
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Elduder714 (May 28, 2017 at 20:00)
Trail Jim Branch
The first part up the rocks is so fun
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LesWarnock SORBA Chatt (Apr 3, 2017 at 6:53)
Trail Rocky Ridge
This trail may be better than ridgeline. Same sort of flow, but steeper once it turn downhill... so less pedaling.
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h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
Trail Ridgeline
This trail was recently overhauled from a bit on the technical side to very fast with berms and nice banks. Sad to see the old trail go but the new one is hella-fun.
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h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
Trail Ridgeline
This trail was recently overhauled from a bit on the technical side to very fast with berms and nice banks. Sad to see the old trail go but the new one is hella-fun.
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h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
Trail Ridgeline
This trail was recently overhauled from a bit on the technical side to very fast with berms and nice banks. Sad to see the old trail go but the new one is hella-fun.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    208
More Stats for Best of DuPont - Updated 2019 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,309 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,327 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,326 ft
  • Grade max
    -25.7%
  • Grade min
    34.6%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,947 ft
Avg: 4.5 (6 votes)
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