6.5 miles
1,263 ft
-617 ft
1,364 ft
High Point

This route is a favorite among the XC crowd, and is widely recognized as the most challenging climb route in the state. For an easier and more popular option, check out the route suggestion "the quickest way to the top".

This route includes the escalator trail, so be sure to check trail conditions before committing to this one as it has a tendency to be overgrown at times.

Detailed Description
The Most Challenging Climb Route is a 7 mile moderately popular expert route located near Prestonsburg Kentucky. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 1,263 ft with a max elevation of 1,364 ft then descends -617 ft.
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Trails in Route

Arrowhead Trail2,487 ft
9-Toe2,592 ft
Eddie Munster3,412 ft
Escalator3 miles


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for The Most Challenging Climb Route mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 27 min
  • Altitude change
    646 ft
  • Altitude min
    706 ft
  • Altitude start
    719 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,365 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,192 ft
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Escalator:  Along for the Ride with Chace Caudill
Escalator: Along for the Ride with Chace Caudill
trail: Escalator
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Eddie Munster
Oct 21, 2023 @ 5:54am
Oct 21, 2023
Arrowhead Trail
Sep 10, 2023 @ 6:11am
Sep 10, 2023
Lots of small debris but otherwise good.
Jun 28, 2023 @ 5:59am
Jun 28, 2023
Jun 27, 2023 @ 3:03pm
Jun 27, 2023
Closed until further notice due to weeds.
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