1.1 miles
Distance
-563 ft
Descent
00:06:42
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Black Mountain (Lower) Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Pisgah Ranger District
    Brevard, North Carolina
  • Ref Number
    #127
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    All
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Drop, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #548 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #7681 in Trail Running
    • #7744 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Black Mountain Trail is split into 4 sections (Upper/Upper, Upper, Middle and Lower)

The lower section of Black Mountain Trail #127 is probably the most popular section of Black Mountain. From the intersection with Thrift Cove and Middle Black riders will enter into a fast flowing single track loaded with natural features that can be used for jumping and smaller drops.

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More Stats for Black Mountain Trail (Lower) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -563 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,243 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,807 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,807 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,244 ft
  • Grade
    -9.6%
  • Grade max
    -38.7%
  • Grade min
    -2.5%
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    00:06:42
  • Avg reverse time
    00:30:38
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Status:
on Sep 17, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.65 (43 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Black Mountain... Trail Reports

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      Sep 17, 2021 @ 2:08pm
      Sep 17, 2021
      Not quite hero dirt, just a little wetter due to recent rain, but otherwise fine at the moment.
      Sep 17, 2021 @ 1:11pm
      Sep 17, 2021
      Sep 4, 2021 @ 6:39am
      Sep 4, 2021
      Aug 27, 2021 @ 2:27pm
      Aug 27, 2021
      Aug 18, 2021 @ 4:01pm
      Aug 18, 2021
      reporter Due to the heavy rainfalls from Tropical Storm Fred the USFS has closed all trails and roads in the Pisgah Ranger District till they can inspect...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 68 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 2,243 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      • 891 rides
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      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Pgerm (Feb 21, 2018 at 8:00)
       I began the trail with Club Gap to Black Mtn.... Whoa what a kick in the balls. I wasn't prepared for the nearly 2 hrs of hiking my bike up a mountain. The downhill was real chunky with big rocks and big drops. Scetchy as hell, but awesome. Really tested the limits of me and my bike. About 1/2 way down the trail transformed into a fast, fun, and flowy route with berms and jumps. Next time I'll skip the hike a bike and probably try to meet up where the flow starts near thrift cove trail
      [Reply]
      • - 3
      LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:48)
       We started up from club gap, which in its self, quite a challenging climb. To be honest the trail is fairly technical, but eases out on the bottom half with the rock gardens. I usually ride out west, so i find the east coast to be really lame. But to any advanced rider looking to shred something somewhat challenging, I'd suggest this trail. It also has a great loop. Don't even think about climbing up this trail
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      0ldd0c (Oct 15, 2018 at 13:47)
       We began at Club Gap and had to walk/ carry our bikes up a very steep, washed out 4 mile climb that was not rideable (unless you’re on a motocross bike). Then the downhill with equally washed out trail to rattle your mind and bike. Our advice, don’t start at Club Gap if you want to ride and not carry your bike
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      imalikyoaz (Sep 10, 2019 at 10:44)
       Climb up the gravel road, and turn right or die. Upper black is horribly awful. Middle is great for a full suspension, still very technical, lower was the most fun on my hardtail, but the hike a bike to upper pretty much ruined it. Don't go up to upper black, it's a piece of eroded trash.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Sstephns (Nov 24, 2019 at 12:05)
       Bring some good travel and hang on. Hike a bike for a mile if you go claw hammer and do upper. Comments below are trash, this trail is fun. Go full tilt and don't look back.
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      HenryCoat (Jul 26, 2020 at 12:33)
       We started at Club Gap and rode down all of black mountain from there. Overall this route is not worth doing. The reworked upper black is only worth doing backwards (easy to west) which is well built specifically for that direction. The two mile climb on Middle Black is 95% hike a bike unless you have mad trails skills in which it would be 90% hike a bike. The middle black downhill was ok but not worth the climb. If you start where it intersects with turkeypen gap or turkey creek road, you’ll have a blast. The lower section has the perfect combination of tech and flow.

      Summary: ride upper black East to west. Don’t mess around with middle black. And lower black is awesome.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      pistol2ne (Aug 2, 2020 at 13:24)
       Everyone pretty much nailed it. Upper is tough as shit. Hike a bike and need to be on it. The bottom is sooooooooooo much better than Upper. Heed the warnings unlike this west coast kook.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      yoimaninja (Sep 8, 2020 at 6:35)
       Black Mountain LOWER was probably the best DH ride of my life! ...Black Mountain UPPER was probably the worst climb of my life!
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