6 miles
Distance
2,294 ft
Climb
-590 ft
Descent
01:52:11
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Laurel Mountain Trail

Laurel Mountain Details

  • Riding Area
    Mills River
    Mills River, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #31754 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Singletrack trail that follows a steady, grinding grade until hitting Sassafras Gap. At this point, it is mostly hike a bike until shortly before it intersects Pilot Rock

Access Info

3 usual parking spots: Mills River Recreation Area ($3 fee)- climb a long, step gravel road to the crest of the ridge. Trail is 100 yards past crest on right. 2nd aceess point - Park at the crest on the gravel road directly across from the trail. 3rd option - Pullovers at the base of Pilot Cove or Pilot Rock trail

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Laurel Mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,703 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,149 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,853 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,149 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,853 ft
  • Grade
    4.977%
  • Grade max
    -44.557%
  • Grade min
    42.636%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,644 ft
  • Avg time
    01:52:11
  • Avg reverse time
    01:05:22
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Status:
on Oct 5, 2017
Dry
Avg: 3.25 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Laurel Mountain Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Oct 5, 2017 @ 4:01pm
      Oct 5, 2017
      Leafy and awesome
      May 22, 2017 @ 8:25am
      May 22, 2017
      Definitely some downed trees, etc. but nothing unusual for this trail. Great condition all things considered.
      Apr 13, 2017 @ 2:11pm
      Apr 13, 2017
      Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. Just beyond cave
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 41 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 79 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      All
      • 533 rides
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      Photos

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      70 |
      Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:31pm
      Jan 13, 2018
      Laurel Mountain, Brevard
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      Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:30pm
      Jan 13, 2018
      Laurel Mountain, Mills River
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      Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:29pm
      Jan 13, 2018
      Laurel Mountain, Brevard
      54 |
      Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:28pm
      Jan 13, 2018
      Laurel Mountain, Mills River

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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag josesanchez89 TMBA (Jul 1, 2018 at 14:42)
       One of my favorite trails in the PNF. A true backcountry experience with beautiful vistas and gnarly terrain. In my opinion it's the definition of what mountain biking is in it's purest form. There is some hike a bike toward the top that is both mentally and physically challenging but the view from the top of pilot rock is awesome. I read some comments saying that the trail needs work and needs rock work to make it rideable but disagree, just leave it alone and have fun.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag slayersxc17 (Jul 4, 2018 at 3:51)
       So this trail is awesome. Wondering have any of you ever rode this goin downhill. I’ve only ever climbed. Its 6.5 miles, 2500’ descent. That’s a pretty sweet recipe, yeah not steep, but still.
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