15 miles
2,387 ft
-5,215 ft
5,271 ft
High Point

This ride starts with a shuttle to the top of Pilot Rock trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From there the route descends Pilot and picks up Squirrel Gap and South Mills River after a quick gravel spin on Yellow Gap Road. After climbing back up Buckhorn gap to the intersection of Black Mountain trail and Clawhammer Rd, the route takes you up and over and down the entire Black Mountain trail.

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  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
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More Stats for Pilot-Squirrel-SMR-Buckhorn-Black Shuttle mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,827 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,157 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,984 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,157 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,399 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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Black Mountain Trail-Mid Upper to Lower
Black Mountain Trail-Mid Upper to Lower
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May 21, 2017
Been a while but hit the middle upper section of Black Mountain all the way to the bottom. Highly recommended if you love the tech!!! Sorry for...

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Black Mountain
Jan 3, 2018 @ 8:02pm
Jan 3, 2018
Clawhammer Rd
Nov 25, 2017 @ 9:10am
Nov 25, 2017
Yellow Gap Rd
Jul 31, 2017 @ 1:10pm
Jul 31, 2017
Headed out to park at Pilot Rock trailhead. Gate was closed at Yellow Gap trail on Yellow Gap road. As far as I know this isn't a seasonal closure. I assume it was still closed from the manhunt going on in Pisgah. He's been captured everyone, no worries.
South Mills River
Jun 6, 2017 @ 11:12am
Jun 6, 2017
Let's be honest. This is Pisgah; there are going to be trees down and this is the most raw mtbing you will ever see. learn your bunny hops and log jumps. Rip it!!!
Buck Spring Trail
Apr 13, 2017 @ 2:10pm
Apr 13, 2017
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