1.5 miles
Distance
51 ft
Climb
-480 ft
Descent
00:08:02
Avg time

Ridgeline Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #143

Ridgeline is a crown jewel of Dupont State Recreational Forest. For many mountain bikers and equistrians, this is their favorite trail or at least in their top three. This 1 1/2 miles of singletrack thru pine forest is officially rated 'difficult' but most would find it a 'moderate' trail at most, and that is mostly due to the length and elevation change. 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.

With the exception of one very short steep, narrow section of loose rocks, there are no big technical challenges (other than the obvious potential to develop too much speed on the downhill). Sight lines are fantastic and the flow is amazing.

This trail is so much fun on a mountain bike that it should probably be a controlled substance. For the ultimate downhill blast, ride to the top of Hickory Mountain Loop, take a mintue 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Ridgeline mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -429 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,317 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,753 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,746 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,317 ft
  • Grade max
    -21.652%
  • Grade min
    13.397%
  • Distance climb
    905 ft
  • Distance down
    1.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    385 ft
  • Avg time
    00:08:02
  • Avg reverse time
    00:10:41
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Status:
on May 27, 2017
Dry
Avg: 4.9 (19 votes)

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Ridgeline Trail Reports

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May 27, 2017 @ 2:28pm
22 hours
Memorial Day weekend. Lots of people on foot, bikes
May 11, 2017 @ 9:53am
May 11, 2017
Feb 18, 2017 @ 8:24am
Feb 18, 2017
small mud spots in close corners but generally in good shape
Dec 11, 2016 @ 7:18am
Dec 11, 2016
Good to go but a bit muddy in places
Nov 6, 2016 @ 12:02pm
Nov 6, 2016
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Apr 19, 2017 @ 5:41pm
Apr 19, 2017
Ridgeline, My City
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Nov 19, 2016 @ 11:45pm
Nov 19, 2016
Ridgeline, My City
692 |
Jun 2, 2015 @ 5:03pm
Jun 2, 2015
Ridgeline, Brevard
325 |
Mar 18, 2014 @ 7:44am
Mar 18, 2014
Ridgeline, Brevard

Routes with this trail

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Freehub Magazine: Hickory Mountain Loop
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Taste of DuPont
18.0 miles
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5.3 miles
18 Miles of Dupont
17.2 miles

1 Review & 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.
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