2.2 miles
Distance
68 ft
Climb
-1,603 ft
Descent
00:30:58
Avg time
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Pilot Rock Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Pisgah Ranger District
    Brevard, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #4233 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #33229 in Trail Running
    • #20624 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Descends from the peak via rough technical singletrack before coming to a nice overlook of the surrounding areas. From there the dirt disappears into a descent over a massive technical rock garden following tight switchbacks down the rock face before returning to faster rough singletrack towards the bottom.

Primarily downhill, it's difficulty rating is well earned and not for the timid. A very fun route and well worth the time.

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More Stats for Pilot Rock bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,535 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,318 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,853 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,853 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,318 ft
  • Grade
    -13.109%
  • Grade max
    -42.97%
  • Grade min
    26.689%
  • Distance climb
    860 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    333 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:58
  • Avg reverse time
    01:13:02
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Status:
on Apr 22, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (17 votes)
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
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  • Wet
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  • Ideal
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      Pilot Rock Trail Reports

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      Apr 22, 2022 @ 9:10am
      Apr 22, 2022
      Rough and loose
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 8:04am
      Mar 20, 2022
      Aug 27, 2021 @ 2:27pm
      Aug 27, 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...
      Jul 31, 2021 @ 7:22am
      Jul 31, 2021
      Dry and running great!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 176 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,252 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      LegitBiker9000 (May 10, 2019 at 8:30)
       This is another great classic Pisgah, i would argue more difficult than what riders experience on the lower sections, however, just like every other pisgah trail, you get soaking wet. Also there are a few hike-a-bike sections, but overall amazing trail!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      BradyEssary (Oct 14, 2019 at 10:04)
       This past weekend was my first time riding Pilot Rock. While the rocks and descent weren't a surprise, the amount and difficulty of the switchbacks did surprise me, as did how tight the trail was from the brush. The last hike-a-bike section towards the top of Laurel Mtn was no joke either.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      SCxXxMTB (Jan 31, 2020 at 10:28)
       This trail is epic, no other way to put it. Go ride it.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      wetzejt (Jul 28, 2020 at 19:26)
       Did this trail today. Seriously the hardest I’ve ever done to date. A truly black diamond.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      xcben (Jul 30, 2020 at 7:21)
       Never try riding up this. ????
      [Reply]





      Videos

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      youtuber Is that sleet!? | Hanging on and hoping for...
      11:11 | 541 | Mar 28, 2019 , Brevard
      youtuber A rainy, foggy, eerie descent of Pilot Rock in...
      11:06 | 833 | Mar 1, 2018 , Brevard
      Chunky Pilot Rock, Pisgah
      8:53 | 174 | Dec 6, 2021 , Brevard
      2017.10.16 Pilot Rock downhill
      3:42 | 130 | Mar 19, 2021 , Brevard
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