28 miles
Distance
5,409 ft
Climb
-8,236 ft
Descent
5,006 ft
High Point

Shuttle to the top of Laurel, take Laurel down and connect via Yellow Gap rd and shorter trails to Squirrel gap. Take Squirrel gap to SMR and then up Buckhorn to Black Mtn. Traverse and descend Black mtn to Davidson River Campground.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
More Stats for Laurel-Squirrel-Black Mtn death march mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,826 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,157 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,985 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,159 ft
  • Grade
    -1.908%
  • Grade max
    -62.114%
  • Grade min
    79.727%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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  • Snow Groomed
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      Black Mountain Pisgah
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      Feb 28, 2019
      Messing around in pisgah
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      statustraildateconditiondescription
      Laurel Mountain
      Mar 28, 2019 @ 8:24am
      Mar 28, 2019
      Laurel Creek Trail
      Mar 17, 2019 @ 5:56pm
      Mar 17, 2019
      Many, many, many trees down on the lower half of Laurel Creek all the way to the creek crossing.
      Buckhorn Gap Upper
      Feb 18, 2019 @ 3:54pm
      Feb 18, 2019
      Black Mountain
      Feb 8, 2019 @ 4:29pm
      Feb 8, 2019
      Middle is in good condition, no major downed trees or other hazards. Mostly dry except for a few spots that tend to hold water. Lower is hit or mess, but very slippery in some sections and probably best avoided with the freeze/thaw going on. Take Thrift instead.
      Squirrel Gap
      Nov 11, 2018 @ 7:11pm
      Nov 11, 2018
      Leafy but in good shape.
      more reports »
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