15 miles
Distance
2,387 ft
Climb
-5,215 ft
Descent
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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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    2
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
    -3.632%
  • Grade max
    -57.918%
  • Grade min
    75.889%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,399 ft
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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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A rainy, foggy, eerie descent of Pilot Rock in Pisgah, NC
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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South Mills River
May 3, 2018 @ 5:50pm
May 3, 2018
Hundreds of downed trees. One significant one that was almost impassable. So overgrown it’s hard to even see the trail. Arms and legs are destroyed. Add that to the 9 river crossings and it’s no fun.
Clawhammer Rd
Apr 30, 2018 @ 9:29am
Apr 30, 2018
Black Mountain
Apr 21, 2018 @ 7:28am
Apr 21, 2018
Yellow Gap Rd
Feb 28, 2018 @ 7:49am
Feb 28, 2018
Gate is close to Vehicles, road can not be used with cars but can be ridden without issue.
Pilot Rock
Feb 25, 2018 @ 6:35am
Feb 25, 2018
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