2.1 miles
Distance
16 ft
Climb
-630 ft
Descent
00:18:22
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
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #5780 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #47164 in Trail Running
    • #8060 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Owner
    USFS

Beautiful scenery, fun trail. Starts in Picklesimer Fields...flat, grassy area with crystal clean streamside riding, then a fast, gradual climb, and then a stiff, technical climb up to Butter Gap. Also makes a great downhill from the gap. Passes a waterfall. Part of Picklesimer Fields Best Ride.

A portion of this trail is seasonal, the segment from the intersection of Long Branch to Cat Gap is only open for riding Oct 15 - April 15, per USFS (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/recarea/?recid=48318&actid=50). This is often confused by locals who think the entire route is season, however it is not. Please do not poach this lower section during the off season as it is very popular with hikers.

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More Stats for Butter Gap multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -616 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,657 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,273 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,273 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,657 ft
  • Grade
    -5.6%
  • Grade max
    -23.2%
  • Grade min
    7.9%
  • Distance climb
    732 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,152 ft
  • Avg time
    00:18:22
  • Avg reverse time
    00:58:38
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on Mar 1, 2024
Prevalent Mud
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      Butter Gap Trail Reports

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      Mar 1, 2024 @ 11:56am
      Mar 1, 2024
      Trail Condition Advisory: Butter Gap - Due to the amount of rain over the last few days with over four additional inches of rain forecast over...
      Dec 3, 2023 @ 1:03am
      Dec 3, 2023
      Jul 28, 2023 @ 8:58am
      Jul 28, 2023
      Tree down
      Jul 28, 2023 @ 8:42am
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      Tree down
      Jul 28, 2023 @ 8:26am
      Jul 28, 2023
      Tree down
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 59 rides
      • 42.6 km avg distance
      6 Months
      • 366 rides
      • 30.7 km avg distance
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      • 2,000 rides
      • Last: Apr 15, 2024

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