2,986 ft
Distance
2 ft
Climb
-60 ft
Descent
00:04:43
Avg time
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  • USFS
    Land Manager

Butter Gap Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    Pisgah Ranger District
    Brevard, North Carolina
  • Ref Number
    #123
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    October 15-April 15
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #28648 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #84038 in Trail Running
    • #5540 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Owner
    USFS

Most of this trail is on an easy grade, though there is a short, steep section before reaching Butter Gap. Beginning at Picklesimer Fields, the trail follows Grogan Creek for most of its length, passing an intersection with Long Branch Trail (#116)* on the way. There are some nice cascades and pools along the creek. Vegetation varies from grassy openings to pine woods and upland hardwood forests. The trail forks as it approaches Butter Gap: The left (eastern) fork, which is open to hikers only (despite the blue coloring on the 2003 Trails Illustrated™ map, which is in error), leads to Butter Gap, where a shelter and spring are nearby. The right (western) fork, which is open to mountain bikes, leads to FS 471D, which some riders use as part of a large loop; otherwise, they must backtrack down Butter Gap Trail. *The portion of the trail between Cat Gap Loop (#120) and Long Branch Trail (#116) is open to mountain bikes seasonally, from October 15 through April 15 only. This is to minimize safety concerns on a heavily used trail.

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More Stats for Butter Gap multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -60 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,593 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,653 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,653 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,592 ft
  • Grade
    -2%
  • Grade max
    -12.7%
  • Grade min
    1.6%
  • Distance climb
    226 ft
  • Distance down
    1,811 ft
  • Distance flat
    912 ft
  • Avg time
    00:04:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:06:15
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 229 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 1,201 rides
      • Last: Feb 29, 2024

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