19 miles
Distance
4,530 ft
Climb
-5,030 ft
Descent
4,213 ft
High Point

Shuttle to the Turkey Pen lot in South Mills River. Take the downhill fire road to the river, cross the bridge 100m to the left of the bottom of the trail. Continue on to Mullinax and up to Squirrel Gap. Take Buckhorn gap up to the intersection of Clawhammer Rd and Black Mtn. Continue up and over Black Mtn then down to Davidson River.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Turkey Pen Lot-SMR-Mullinax-Squirrel-SMR-Buckhorn-Black Mtn mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -499 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,157 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,657 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,157 ft
  • Grade
    -0.506%
  • Grade max
    -62.718%
  • Grade min
    79.727%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,487 ft
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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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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Trail transparency
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Squirrel Gap
Nov 11, 2018 @ 7:11pm
Nov 11, 2018
Leafy but in good shape.
Black Mountain
Nov 1, 2018 @ 4:38am
Nov 1, 2018
Buckhorn Gap Upper
Sep 3, 2018 @ 7:06am
Sep 3, 2018
Mullinax Trail
Jul 10, 2018 @ 1:47pm
Jul 10, 2018
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.
more reports »
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