3.5 miles
Distance
166 ft
Climb
-1,087 ft
Descent
00:31:33
Avg time
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  • USFS
    Land Manager

Schoolhouse Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Wilson Creek
    Mortimer, North Carolina
  • Ref Number
    #279
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All year
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #65643 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #54888 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    USFS

Schoolhouse has received some love. The last 1.5 miles has been renovated and now transitions in and out of original sections of trail that were improved. The trail starts innocently along a ridge then begins to flex it's muscles with some stout climbs. These climbs will test your bike handling skills and will get you warmed up for the downhill finale. Many early WNC riders cut their teeth and their bodies on this trail, and now it has been upgraded to modern standards. Give it a go with the Woodruff Ridge and Wilson Ridge for a true Wilson's classic.

Access Info

Find the upper trailhead on FS 4068 off of Edgemont Road. Nearly all riders will access this trail from Upper Wilson Ridge (see description).

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More Stats for Schoolhouse Ridge mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -921 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,510 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,431 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,431 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,509 ft
  • Grade
    -5%
  • Grade max
    -39.9%
  • Grade min
    16.8%
  • Distance climb
    4,127 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,129 ft
  • Avg time
    00:31:33
  • Avg reverse time
    00:41:07
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Status:
on Apr 30, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.15 (7 votes)
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      Schoolhouse Ridge Trail Reports

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      Apr 30, 2022 @ 2:21pm
      Apr 30, 2022
      Trail was perfect. Lower Section of trail had tons of bear tracks, be careful.
      Apr 23, 2022 @ 9:16am
      Apr 23, 2022
      Sandy and loose
      Apr 8, 2022 @ 7:37am
      Apr 8, 2022
      Restoration work is complete and the trail reopened today. The last 1.5 miles has had major changes and the deep trenches are gone. The trail...
      Mar 11, 2022 @ 9:41pm
      Mar 11, 2022
      Closed for rerouting/maintenance per forest service
      Apr 25, 2021 @ 12:07pm
      Apr 25, 2021
      This trail is in very bad condition. The first 2/3rds of the trial is readable, but there are downed trees which are not easily hop-able, and the...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 26 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 107 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 367 rides
      • Last: Jan 28, 2023

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      Feb 25, 2018 @ 9:03am
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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Davegram (Aug 4, 2022 at 11:35)
      The white knuckle technical downhill at the end of this trail is an absolute blast.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Melon055 (Jun 16, 2020 at 17:12)
      As of June 2020 this trail is so eroded that it’s nearly impossible to ride in some places. It is also pretty overgrown in a few spots.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      taospinner (Apr 19, 2020 at 2:59)
      The heavy rains we had the first part of April 2020 were the final nail in the coffin for this trail. I rode Schoolhouse the week before and was able to stay on my bike most of the way down. After this last big rain event, I walked much of the gulleyed out section - part of which is difficult to maneuver on foot much less ride. Unfortunately, the soil is mostly sand stone in those sections and eroded quickly without the proper trail building techniques this trail never received.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      ozzimerr (Oct 9, 2018 at 12:56)
      When it starts to pitch down its closer to a double black, perhaps even a pro line in places. Heavily eroded gullies are near impossible to maneuver. Think three times before doing this solo.
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      • + 2
      o0-nr-0o (Oct 3, 2017 at 10:13)
      Trail is very eroded and gullied out. Hard to fit your pedals through some of the washed out areas since it is so tight.
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