13 miles
Distance
1,711 ft
Climb
-1,703 ft
Descent
3,337 ft
High Point

Great loop to do most of the main trails in Mills River. Long gravel road climb up to Spencer Gap and plenty of roller coaster descending. The upper portion of Fletcher Creek passes through a few large meadows and the remains of a vast beaver dam can be seen on the left side. A few creek crossings, all easily rideable. Nothing too hard, lots of speed and plenty of sweeping turns.

At the bottom of Fletcher Creek you can make a 180 right and gide a few hundred yards up to the Mills River Reservoir, the intersection for some legendary trails Sassafras and Big Fork.

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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag Jimmyzmobile (Sep 26, 2019 at 19:26)
 Trail is in great shape right now. Water crossings were pretty low so they were rideable. Not as steep as I remember when riding it in the 90's, but my equipment has changed a lot. Great loop that gets the climbing over with early
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  • + 2
flag HitTheTwit (Jul 23, 2020 at 11:43)
 The first climb is a long and slow slog, but is worth it for the reward! I'm a beginner and out of shape, and the Spencer portion was a bit challenging, but the Fletcher creek is just a damn good time.
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  • + 0
flag CitraKnight (4 hours ago)
 Water crossings low and trails are in great shape. Encountered one black bear near the split to Spencer Gap/Trace Ridge. Awesome route if you are staying in Davidson River Camp Ground.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, DJ, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    106
More Stats for Full Spencer Gap to Fletcher Creek Loop with Trace Ridge Descent mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,225 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,228 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,238 ft
  • Grade max
    -40.2%
  • Grade min
    27.3%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 4 (5 votes)
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