1 miles
Distance
53 ft
Climb
-726 ft
Descent
00:14:43
Avg time
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Bear Pen Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary)
    Asheville, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #24030 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Rough trail makes a fun, rocky and muddy downhill connection between the Laurel Gap trail (grassy road) and FR 74. Not that great uphill - there's no real good downhill to connect to unless you come back down this trail. Huge jumps near bottom. A little overgrown with weeds, seldom used. Watch for stinging nettle as it hangs over the trail - if it brushes up against your legs, you'll be itchin' by the time you get to the bottom. Creek crossings. Part of the Douglas Falls and Coleman Boundary Grand Tour best rides.

More Stats for Bear Pen bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -673 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,931 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,604 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,604 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,931 ft
  • Grade max
    -35.493%
  • Grade min
    21.542%
  • Distance climb
    786 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    791 ft
  • Avg time
    00:14:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:32:53
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Status:
on Aug 6, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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      Bear Pen Trail Reports

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      Aug 6, 2019 @ 1:13pm
      Aug 6, 2019
      pretty overgrown at the top, but the bottom rides great
      May 31, 2019 @ 1:00pm
      May 31, 2019
      I would let the bears have the Laurel Gap trail until hibernation time. There are a lot of berry bushes that are flowering and there is plenty...
      Jul 22, 2018 @ 8:04pm
      Jul 22, 2018
      Trail was pretty good condition, so was a stinging nettle.
      Nov 25, 2017 @ 7:53pm
      Nov 25, 2017
      Major downed trees and limbs. Not rideable especially at the top.
      Nov 5, 2017 @ 6:27pm
      Nov 5, 2017
      The jumps at the bottom are fun. Watch out for the smaller boulder on the far left on the last jump. I punched my chainring on it.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 20 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 38 rides
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      Oct 11, 2019 @ 6:58am
      Oct 11, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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      Coleman Boundary
      15 miles

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