1.6 miles
11 ft
-436 ft
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Ridgeline Trail

Ridgeline Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Dupont State Forest
    Cedar Mountain, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Family Friendly
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #165 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
    • 90 in Horseback
  • Land Manager

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.

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More Stats for Ridgeline bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -425 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,324 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,750 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,749 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,323 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    331 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    568 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on May 31, 2021
Avg: 4.7 (68 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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  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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      Ridgeline Trail Reports

      May 31, 2021 @ 7:24pm
      May 31, 2021
      May 1, 2021 @ 10:54am
      May 1, 2021
      Apr 30, 2021 @ 6:58am
      Apr 30, 2021
      Apr 28, 2021 @ 7:55am
      Apr 28, 2021
      Apr 25, 2021 @ 9:09am
      Apr 25, 2021
      Small tree down across trail, can navigate over or around
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 43 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,071 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      • 6,061 rides


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      Routes with this trail

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      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      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.
      • + 2
      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.
      • - 2
      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.
      • - 4
      LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 13:10) (Below Threshold) show comment
       Defiantly an over hyped trail, with no challenges whatsoever, obviously what do you expect, it's the east coast
      • - 1
      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.
      • + 2
      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.
      • + 1
      aacrump (Jul 23, 2020 at 15:40)
       Super fun fast flow trail. Anybody from a complete beginner, all the way to a seasoned pro would have an amazing time on Ridgeline. There were some braking bumps when I rode it, but definitely nothing bad in comparison to bike park trails. Something else to look out for is some wildlife, as when I was riding on my first lap down, a black bear ran across the trail about 15 feet in front of me. I’m not sure how common this is, but it’s definitely something to look out for.
      • + 0
      provin1327 (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:48)
       One of the best trails I've ridden. Fast and flowy, a must do.
      • + 0
      NERyder (Apr 16, 2021 at 16:00)
       Interesting range of comments on this trail. Here is my take. It is not techy or marked a black Diamond. It has some natural contours you can boost but it it not a jump trail. What it is is a great flow trail that you can rail down at Mach 10 and have a lot of fun doing it. If that is what your expecting I think you won’t be disappointed. I would match it with Hickory Mth Loop running it counterclockwise and it makes for a nice long Blue rated trail descent. Hickory is more technical but you can still just pin your ears back from the top of it and fly down from there to the parking lot and have a nice smile on your face the rest of the day
      • + 1
      fskier (May 26, 2021 at 7:33)
       Agree with NERyder's assessment. No gnar but it's advertised that way and if you want that, plenty of other options all around here. But if you think you'd like 1.6 miles of Super-G style buff ripping, one of my faves (I said at the end, that was as fun as 401 in CB).

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