3.1 miles
Distance
273 ft
Climb
-1,537 ft
Descent
01:12:22
Avg time
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  • USFS
    Land Manager

Farlow Gap Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Pisgah Ranger District
    Brevard, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #6158 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #47122 in Trail Running
    • #28140 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 45 in Trail Running
    • 40 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Primarily a downhill trail accessed by a very steep gravel climb. Very remote, high risk factor. Large rock gardens and high speeds. Legend

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More Stats for Farlow Gap bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,264 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,279 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,542 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,542 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,278 ft
  • Grade
    -7.7%
  • Grade max
    -50.5%
  • Grade min
    29.4%
  • Distance climb
    3,169 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    01:12:22
  • Avg reverse time
    01:43:24
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Status:
on Nov 30, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (13 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Farlow Gap Trail Reports

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      Nov 30, 2021 @ 6:06am
      Nov 30, 2021
      Major erosion (major ruts or slumping, large boulders and roots exposed due to erosion)
      Nov 1, 2021 @ 5:42am
      Nov 1, 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...
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 9:31am
      Jun 19, 2021
      This trail is beyond technical. Must have downhill bike with lots of travel and full face helmet with body gear, or hike your bike like me ‍
      May 1, 2021 @ 2:33pm
      May 1, 2021
      Running good!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 28 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 33 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 479 rides
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      Apr 17, 2019 @ 4:39am
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      Apr 1, 2019 @ 5:57am
      Apr 1, 2019
      | 5 comments
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      Apr 1, 2019 @ 5:57am
      Apr 1, 2019

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      8 Reviews & Comments

      • - 3
      LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:03)
       Not really that hard, a lot of fun of roots and rocks. But pretty lame, if I'd say
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:04)
       Just kidding, very fun
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      LegitBiker9000 (Apr 30, 2019 at 8:36)
       The trail starts out with pretty much some of the best back country Pisgah technical stuff. Riding a hardtail down this trail is not recommended unless you either have good plus size tires, at least 130mm of travel, and no front derailleur, or if you just want to walk down the whole thing. The climb is also very long so don't rush up it, take it slow because you will need all the energy you can get prior to descending, also consider eyeing out a few of the sections if it is your first time.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      BradLJ (Feb 28, 2021 at 9:26)
       The
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      • + 1
      bluenext (Apr 25, 2021 at 17:39)
       Dope backcountry minimally maintained trail. You're out there on your own on this one. Super fun, very loose and pretty steep. A few tough switchbacks and a stout climb in the middle before the final traverse over to daniels ridge. I'm curious whether there are locals who ride the stream crossings.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      manglermixer (Jul 11, 2021 at 18:23)
       theres quite a few locals that have cleaned them all, myself included. the. climb up from the waterfall crossing has haunted me and with erosion it gets harder and harder every year and I came real close back in 2016.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      cjfpek3000 (Mar 1, 2022 at 15:39)
       Not a great ride. Upper section is a boulder murder feat followed by some impossible river traverses. Not worth the long climb.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      lemiwinks (May 1, 2022 at 12:42)
       Most technical natural terrain trail I’ve seen anywhere. It’s rad
      [Reply]





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