3 miles
Distance
362 ft
Climb
-1,104 ft
Descent
00:35:17
Avg time
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Schoolhouse Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Wilson Creek
    Mortimer, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All year
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #3838 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Schoolhouse is a classic example of an old school trail in major need of some love. Most riders would never consider climbing this trail and many would not even call it a trail in places. 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 plunge to follow. After the final the climb, the trail nosedives down a narrow fall line in a series of deep trenches punctuated by drops, rocks, and blind turns. The technical moves in the final mile require a combination of expert DH skills, comment, and luck. Many early WNC riders cut their teeth and their bodies on this trail. 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's Ridge (see description).

More Stats for Schoolhouse Ridge bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -742 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,535 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,315 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,277 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,535 ft
  • Grade
    -5.118%
  • Grade max
    -29.701%
  • Grade min
    23.934%
  • Distance climb
    4,226 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    631 ft
  • Avg time
    00:35:17
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Status:
on Jun 30, 2019
Variable
Avg: 5 (3 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
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  • 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
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  • photo Photo
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  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • 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
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      Schoolhouse Ridge Trail Reports

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      Jun 30, 2019 @ 5:47pm
      Jun 30, 2019
      Pretty serious erosion at in the middle. Will swallow your bike. Generally overgrown. Still ridable but some sections requite some walking.
      Jun 14, 2019 @ 7:11am
      Jun 14, 2019
      reporter Some trails have damage due to June weather event. Please add trail reports here on Trailforks
      Oct 9, 2018 @ 3:55pm
      Oct 9, 2018
      Heavy erosion will make the technical section extremely difficult to navigate. Several sections were narrower than my pedals or handlebars.
      Aug 5, 2018 @ 4:35pm
      Aug 5, 2018
      Trail is ok, top being worked on. The DH section needs some help in a few spots too much rut.
      Jun 27, 2018 @ 3:47pm
      Jun 27, 2018
      The end was extremely rutted out. If you stay within the fall your pedals will get stuck. Some ruts were over 6 ft deep. Due to this being down a...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 8 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 72 rides
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag alpharetro (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.
      [Reply]

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