2 miles
Distance
68 ft
Climb
-1,603 ft
Descent
00:32:13
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
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • 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
    #2128 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 60 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
    00:32:13
  • Avg reverse time
    01:26:51
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Status:
on Jan 1, 2021
Wet
Avg: 4.55 (17 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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ATV/ORV/OHV Filter
Max Vehicle Width
inches

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

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

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • 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
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Pilot Rock Trail Reports

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      Jan 1, 2021 @ 9:38am
      Jan 1, 2021
      reporter With the freeze/thaw before the Christmas and New Year Holidays accompanied with the rains the Pisgah area has received recently trails will be...
      Nov 3, 2020 @ 9:57am
      Nov 3, 2020
      Lots of leaves down and filling the deep areas making the trail hard to see and very slippery. Ride with care.
      Sep 6, 2020 @ 8:03am
      Sep 6, 2020
      Sep 6, 2020 @ 8:03am
      Sep 6, 2020
      Many new improvements! It’s running dry and loose in some spots but generally great
      Aug 31, 2020 @ 1:55pm
      Aug 31, 2020
      Cleared out and some switchbacks have been VASTLY improved. Thanks to those who worked on this. It's fast, sketchy AF, and amazingly fun.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 145 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 742 rides
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      Photos

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      Jul 30, 2020 @ 4:15pm
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      Apr 20, 2020 @ 4:23pm
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      126 |
      Apr 20, 2020 @ 4:23pm
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      Apr 20, 2020 @ 4:22pm
      Apr 20, 2020

      Trail Lists

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      35 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag SCxXxMTB (Jan 31, 2020 at 10:28)
       This trail is epic, no other way to put it. Go ride it.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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
      flag xcben (Jul 30, 2020 at 7:21)
       Never try riding up this. ????
      [Reply]

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