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

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
Directions to laurel-mountain trailhead (35.394530, -82.676760)
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Laurel Mountain Trail Reports

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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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Photos

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Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:31pm
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Laurel Mountain, Brevard
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Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:30pm
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Laurel Mountain, Mills River
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Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:29pm
Jan 13, 2018
Laurel Mountain, Brevard
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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.
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  • + 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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