15 miles
4,062 ft
-4,059 ft
2,619 ft
High Point

This route involves serious riding in a remote setting with little to no trail markers or outside resources.

Ready for a backcountry adventure? This link up of Woodruff Ridge, Upper Wilson Ridge, and Schoolhouse Ridge features everything that makes Wilson's a favorite for local and visiting riders. Historic singletrack full of technical challenge, jumps, high speed doubletrack, creeks, boulders, gravel road grinds, are all set in the remote backwoods of Pisgah National Forest's Grandfather District. Be prepared to be self sufficient on this ride. You are unlikely to encounter any people. Bring plenty of water, food, tubes, spare parts, a map, and a positive attitude as this ride has a history of hurting people's feelings. Unlike other regions in Pisgah, this route has only a few signs and wrong turns are plentiful.

Start with a grunt of a climb/hike a bike up Woodruff Ridge. Inspect the trail as you climb as you will be descending this at the end of your ride. You will pop out on a gravel road (Barn Ridge). Turn right and pedal to an unmarked trail on the left. This continuation of Woodruff will put you out on Edgemont Road just downhill of Wilson Ridge. Take note of this area as you will need to find the top of Woodruff (unsigned) when you return. Turn left and climb for a minute or two then take a left at a Forest Service gate. Descend a double track tonce known as "21 Jump Street." After a short climb you will come to a fork in the trail. Wilson Ridge climbs left, an old skidder grade drops you to the start of Schoolhouse. Cross the Schoolhouse Road and muster your resources to climb a few headwalls to the top of Schoolhouse Ridge. Get ready for wild combat with deep and menacing trenches full of rocks and drops. Stay straight at a sign for Mortimer Campground. At the gravel road (NC 90), turn right and begin a long climb passing through the historic timbertown of Edgemont. Save some fuel in your tank as you will need it for Woodruff's rough downhill. Find the top of Woodruff and begin the grand finale back to your vehicle.

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  • Distance down
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  • Distance flat
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Schoolhouse Ridge
      Oct 9, 2018 @ 3:55pm
      Oct 9, 2018
      Heavy erosion will make the technical section extremely difficult to navigate. Several sections were narrower than my pedals or handlebars.
      Woodruff Ridge
      Jul 29, 2018 @ 9:12pm
      Jul 29, 2018
      Yeah, trees down. Took care of a couple minor annoying things but needs big trees cut up in a couple spots as well as a few washed holes that may need redone.
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