10 miles
Distance
2,052 ft
Climb
-2,077 ft
Descent
4,007 ft
High Point

A classic Pisgah ride, this ride should take most riders between two and three hours to finish. With a nice warm up on a forest road climb then advancing on to singletrack at the top, riders will get a couple of nice steep pitches up and down before taking the plunge to Club Gap. At this intersection, riders will head straight past Avery Creek trail on to Bennett Gap. Bennett Gap is the go to downhill for most riders in the region and is sure to have something for everyone.

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1 Review & Comments

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flag dudedowne (May 9, 2018 at 5:49)
 Do this ride or you will miss the best Pisgah has to offer. Plan on a grinding climb to start, but well worth it.

I parked at the Hub Bike shop and added the fun and flowy Thrift Cove>Lower Black loop, as a victory lap to end this Epic day. Finish up with a refrehment inside the Hub. You have just had the perfect day my friend.
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  • Ridelogs
    197
More Stats for Bike Transylvania: Clawhammer Buckwheat, Bennett Gap mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -25 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,346 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,371 ft
  • Altitude end
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  • Grade max
    -77.8%
  • Grade min
    27%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,106 ft
Avg: 5 (2 votes)
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Bennett Gap
      Jun 2, 2020 @ 2:10pm
      21 hours
      Buckwheat Knob
      May 22, 2020 @ 2:58pm
      May 22, 2020
      12-16 inch tree down on buckwheat
      Black Mountain
      Apr 23, 2020 @ 4:56am
      Apr 23, 2020
      Middle and lower black (from Turkey Pen down) are completely clear of trees as well as the DH from Rich Mtn to Club Gap. The top of Rich down to just above the shelter has 10-12 new trees down in addition to 2-3 that have been down for a few months. Most trees are 20"+ diameter. There is a 24"+ diameter old growth about 1/4 mile above the shelter then 2-3 more about another 1/4 mile above in the usual problem area where all the trees have been falling past few years. 5-8 more trees are spread out before the top of Rich Mountain.
      Clawhammer Rd
      Mar 12, 2020 @ 4:54am
      Mar 12, 2020
      8 inch tree blocking the road
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