2 miles
Distance
46 ft
Climb
-472 ft
Descent
00:08:42
Avg time

Ridgeline Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Dupont State Forest
    Cedar Mountain, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm
  • Global Ranking
    #165 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking

Ridgeline is a crown jewel of Dupont State Recreational Forest. For many mountain bikers and equestrians, this is their favorite trail or at least in their top three. This trail is known for its flow. While it has no real technical features to speak of since being redesigned, it is a lot of fun to ride this glassy smooth and generally well-bermed trail. From Lake Imaging Road it is a steady but not steep climb to the high point just before the intersection with Hooker Creek Trail. Then it is a gradual descent or flat on to the end of the trail at Hickory Mountain Road and Hickory Mountain Loop.
Sight lines are fantastic and the flow is amazing.

For the ultimate downhill blast, ride to the top of Hickory Mountain Loop, take a minute to catch your breath and prepare to smile all the way to the parking lot, barely needing to pedal. (Read the Trail Notes on Hickory Mountain Loop.)

Beginning mountain bikers need to have good speed control and braking skills before tackling this and many of the other trails at Dupont. Learn how to use that front brake correctly (it is 80% of your stopping power) and PLEASE don't skid that rear tire on our precious trails.

More Stats for Ridgeline bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -427 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,319 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,751 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,745 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,319 ft
  • Grade
    -5.157%
  • Grade max
    -20.311%
  • Grade min
    15.433%
  • Distance climb
    968 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    574 ft
  • Avg time
    00:08:42
  • Avg reverse time
    00:05:27
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Status:
on Sep 28, 2019
Very Dry
Avg: 4.85 (41 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to ridgeline-7343 trailhead (35.219140, -82.601390)
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      Ridgeline Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 28, 2019 @ 6:12am
      Sep 28, 2019
      Extremely dry, two wheel slides around corners. So choppy sections are even more so it seemed.
      Sep 13, 2019 @ 7:25am
      Sep 13, 2019
      Aug 16, 2019 @ 7:28am
      Aug 16, 2019
      Dried out perfectly this morning. Please stop making new cheater lines and trying to straighten the trail out. If you want a wide highway try a...
      Aug 7, 2019 @ 7:23am
      Aug 7, 2019
      Just about perfect
      Jul 29, 2019 @ 1:51pm
      Jul 29, 2019
      Downed tree use caution
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 40 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,202 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,059 rides
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      Photos

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      May 15, 2018 @ 8:32pm
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      May 15, 2018
      59 |
      Apr 17, 2018 @ 6:06pm
      Apr 17, 2018
      149 |
      Apr 19, 2017 @ 5:41pm
      Apr 19, 2017

      Routes with this trail

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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag h-beck83 (Nov 11, 2015 at 18:53)
       This trail was recently overhauled from a bit on the technical side to very fast with berms and nice banks. Sad to see the old trail go but the new one is hella-fun.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag noravelp (Dec 4, 2017 at 18:31)
       during the recent trail maintenance performed by the forest service they removed the one and only TTF from Ridgeline. I'll miss my favorite part of the trail, the ridable log near the bottom.
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      flag LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:40)
       Honestly a pretty lame trail, nothing difficult or necessarily fun. The peddle up is super easy, and the decent can be done by just about anyone. However, it is well maintained, and i do recommend it to anyone trying to learn how to ride their first downhill single track.
      [Reply]
      • - 3
      flag LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10)
       Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag cleaverwrh (Nov 2, 2018 at 20:23)
       Not really that great. On a long weekend trip, rode in Pisgah first and all the trails there were way better than this one. I guess this might be an exciting trail for someone who doesn’t really ride trails.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Dirt-pilot (Sep 24, 2019 at 4:43)
       If you are looking for a chunky steep challenge it’s not for you but if you want a super fun fast and flowy trail I’ve ridden all over the world and it doesn’t get much better.
      [Reply]

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