34.1 miles
Distance
6,698 ft
Climb
-6,695 ft
Descent
4,170 ft
High Point

Pisgah with a bunch of fun stuff, and a lot of climbing.

Detailed Description
Black Mountain the Hard Way is a 34 mile moderately popular expert route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 6,698 ft with a max elevation of 4,170 ft then descends -6,695 ft.
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28 Reviews & Comments

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feekstar (Jun 27, 2022 at 10:02)
An actual, legit "black diamond" trail. A few rock hucks at the top that can be super tricky due to trees right after landing so most walk these couple features. After that it opens up and is tons of fun for all skill levels
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Rowan441 (May 18, 2022 at 12:51)
Agree with previous two commenters, riding this from west to east is no good. You end up hiking your bike up all the cool features and then bike down the boring section.

If you are wanting to do the full Black Mountain trails I would suggest just skipping Upper Upper Black Mountain and entering Upper Black Mountain from Clawhammer Road
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Rowan441 (May 18, 2022 at 12:49)
Agree with previous two commenters, riding this from east to west is no good. You end up hiking your bike up all the cool features and then bike down the boring section.

If you are wanting to do the full Black Mountain trails I would suggest just skipping Upper Upper Black Mountain and entering Upper Black Mountain by climbing Clawhammer Road
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Nick0311 (May 8, 2022 at 16:19)
No more 2 Tree trucks and a handrail to cross the creek at the bottom of the trail, take buckwheat instead.
Great trail
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steelispossiblyreal (May 7, 2022 at 21:15)
Trail Club Gap
I echo the other commenters. This is basically just an access road to Avery Gap.
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steelispossiblyreal (May 7, 2022 at 21:15)
Trail Club Gap
I echo the other commenters. This is basically just an access road to Avery Gap.
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mtoddsolomon (Feb 11, 2022 at 6:53)
I agree with provin1327. We rode it west to east, and by rode it, I mean we hiked it. Just ride Avery if you're going that way.
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zimm218 (Sep 12, 2021 at 9:13)
Rode trail top to bottom, some spicier sections but nothing above advanced. It can be ridden without scoping for advanced riders.

This trail is heavily blown out, widened, eroded, and signs of neglect even though it is popular in the area. That may be the style of Pisgah area but for some it will be unpleasant riding style if you are used to normally maintained trails or professional built trails.
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BennetgapBen (Aug 24, 2021 at 6:23)
Looking to huck your meat? Ride Avery creek then.
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provin1327 (Apr 15, 2021 at 9:17)
Tons of fun! Fast chunky, even has a rock drop you can roll or launch. Riding this as a climb from west to east would suck. Definitely ride it as a descent from east to west towards the intersection of Avery, Buckwheat, and Club Gap
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josesanchez89 TMBA (Apr 12, 2021 at 16:59)
Yet another epic trail in Pisgah. I hope they never allow work or any kind of maintenance on this awesome trail.
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provin1327 (Apr 4, 2021 at 18:10)
This trail was fast and fun but the ending makes it just so so. Its a very wide trail filled with lots of loose baby heads.
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provin1327 (Apr 4, 2021 at 18:06)
Trail Club Gap
Basically a hike a bike.
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provin1327 (Apr 4, 2021 at 18:06)
Trail Club Gap
Basically a hike a bike.
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yoimaninja (Sep 8, 2020 at 6:42)
Fast and fun descent with plenty of optional side hits and sendies! Really not that bad, I'd give it a blackish-blue rating compared to other nearby trails. But if you want to make it harder and gnarlier you can. Mega creek gap towards the end! Only complaint is the last mile hike out kinda sucks. Overall awesome trail and I'd consider it a "must-do".
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javadown1969 (Aug 28, 2020 at 12:12)
Started out at the Horse camp and climbed the gravel road up 3 miles to Bennetts Gap Trail head. The trail was perfect I think, just a few muddy sections and wet roots toward bottom. Be warned I almost ran over a huge rattle snake, I stopped to get a pucture and when I neared him(8 feet) he started to get aggressive and csme towards me, crazy. He was super thick and about 5 feet long. If he was just in the leaves you'd never known he was there, he blends in thar welll!
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benfin (Jul 30, 2020 at 7:21)
Pucker up for this one if you arent expert. I followed my friend and some sections near the top had me say no way. The middle and bottom are a blast. Be careful. Many people walk their bikes at the top.
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LeoFaruq (Dec 31, 2019 at 17:47)
After the maintence this auagust the trail has drastically changed carecter, the top is mostly wide and flowy with several Rock armoured sections due to drainage issues, there are multiple opprutinotes for doubles, but all of theese can just be rolled aside from the optional creek gap that has an obvious bypass. I wouldn't ride after rain, the bottom part of the trail adjacent to Avery Creek is very waterlogged and drys out slowly. Overall this trail is different to other Pisgah decents, it almost reminds me of bent creek, fun but best combined with other trails as the climb up is pretty long and strenuous.
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tubbnation (Oct 23, 2019 at 4:24)
Rode Avery on 10/19. Love the rework. Trail is now blue/black with optional black lines and one optional double black gap.
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Elblue (Sep 8, 2019 at 17:36)
The top two miles are awesome, though I walked a few sections that were above my pay grade. Last mile is ok but you lose any semblance of flow with the log bridge crossings.
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robmsul (Jul 15, 2019 at 16:31)
Two gnarly sections that you need to look out for. First is pretty early is a switchback turn on a mini boulder. A few minutes after is a technical approach to a decent drop with a tree to navigate immediately after landing. Check these out before hitting them. Other than that, you can ride the rest blind. Such a sick trail!
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robmsul (Jul 15, 2019 at 16:22)
Looped this in with Avery Creek and Clawhammer Road to get up to Black Mountain...bad idea. The first bit is easy going but the last half is a lot of getting off for crossings or hiking because it’s too technical to climb. If I did it again I would just wind up Clawhammer on gravel rather than fight up this. Seems like it’s a better hike than ride.
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atomsmom (Jun 15, 2019 at 13:50)
Trail Club Gap
Have your technical shoes on or be ready for a significant hike-a-bike.
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atomsmom (Jun 15, 2019 at 13:50)
Trail Club Gap
Have your technical shoes on or be ready for a significant hike-a-bike.
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atomsmom (Jun 15, 2019 at 13:48)
Definitely don’t try to compare this to any blues in Bent Creek or DuPont. I feel like I’m an intermediate rider and there were plenty of sections that I carried my bike through. Doesn’t even begin to compare with things like Greenslick.
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LegitBiker9000 (May 10, 2019 at 8:34)
Another classic legit trail, you start out in a meadow and quickly traverse on top of a beutiful ridge through some western style rock gardens those being rock-gardens that you might want to eye out before you send it if it is your first time. I would not recommend doing the drop because you'll hit this tree and unlike a downhill park, you'll be sitting out there for a while as this trail is pretty high up, do not ride alone if it is your first time, the videos online don't explain just how difficult the trail actually is.
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LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:58)
This trail is unmaintained, terrible drainage. But who needs drainage right? Also not hard at all
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hrsjqb1 (Jul 20, 2017 at 20:05)
I really wish I had read this before riding it....up. Doing this as a climb is just plain stupid. Calling this an Intermediate downhill section understates it quite a bit. The trail is not what we would call well built. It follows fall lines, seems to have little regard for water management and is too close to the water table at the bottom. It's a hikers trail that could be a good time to descend, but should be considered Intermediate Plus at least.
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More Stats for Black Mountain the Hard Way mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,157 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,361 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,365 ft
  • Grade max
    -108.1%
  • Grade min
    100.2%
  • Distance climb
    18 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,488 ft
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