6.1 miles
Distance
1,201 ft
Climb
-1,408 ft
Descent
3,521 ft
High Point

Couch Potato Race Route Stage 3

Detailed Description
CP20 - Stage 3 is a 6 mile popular expert route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 1,201 ft with a max elevation of 3,521 ft then descends -1,408 ft.
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18 Reviews & Comments

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BennetgapBen (Sep 18, 2022 at 15:56)
Great fun on my specialized turbo levo e bike
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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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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.
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bertkuyrk (Apr 9, 2022 at 17:21)
Hope you have a low gear, this gets pretty steep, but definitely worth the descent on Black Mtn Trl
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Nick0311 (Oct 18, 2021 at 20:25)
Tree down a short distance to Black Mtn Lower junction
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jkoch (Sep 20, 2021 at 17:53)
Trail Maxwell Cove
This is also known as Turkey Creek Road and I believe is FSR 5099 (not 5049)
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yoimaninja (Sep 8, 2020 at 6:44)
Black Mountain MIDDLE & LOWER were probably the best DH rides of my life! ...Black Mountain UPPER was probably the worst climb of my life!
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Antonmtbr (Apr 18, 2021 at 16:17)
I agree
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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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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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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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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.
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gloverb103 (Sep 27, 2019 at 8:32)
Most frequently ridden North-bound (up) as part of a short but fun loop with Lower Black
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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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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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manglermixer (Oct 8, 2018 at 19:33)
Trail Maxwell Cove
this is a double track forest road, should be labeled as a purple road
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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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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
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • AKA
    Couch Potato
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Ridelogs
    356
More Stats for CP20 - Stage 3 mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -207 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,162 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,369 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,162 ft
  • Grade
    -0.6%
  • Grade max
    -108.1%
  • Grade min
    36.6%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,266 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Black Mountain Trail (Lower)
Sep 29, 2022 @ 1:51pm
Sep 29, 2022
Gettin loose and chunky out there. Many thanks to all our visitors!
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Clawhammer Road
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Maxwell Cove
Aug 18, 2022 @ 2:36pm
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Black Mountain Trail (Middle)
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