3.1 miles
Distance
176 ft
Climb
-1,038 ft
Descent
00:41:16
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Schoolhouse Ridge Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Schoolhouse Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • 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
  • Global Ranking
    #65643 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #54888 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • 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).

Disclaimer

The last mile of trail is heavily eroded and slated for renovation in 2021.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Schoolhouse Ridge bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -862 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,569 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,431 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,431 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,568 ft
  • Grade
    -5.3%
  • Grade max
    -47.5%
  • Grade min
    29.5%
  • Distance climb
    3,914 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    889 ft
  • Avg time
    00:41:16
  • Avg reverse time
    01:34:33
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Status:
on Apr 25, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
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  • Wet
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  • Ideal
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      Schoolhouse Ridge Trail Reports

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      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...
      Mar 7, 2021 @ 8:03am
      Mar 7, 2021
      Down tree
      Nov 16, 2020 @ 5:25am
      Nov 16, 2020
      Upper part of trail is fine, but lower 1/2 is un-rideable. Extremely eroded from water. Not even hardly hikeable. Trail should be closed. Do NOT...
      Oct 21, 2020 @ 6:59am
      Oct 21, 2020
      LOTS of branches need trimming. almost all trail i was running through rodos and thorn bushes. 5 Trees down on trail, and some parts were...
      Oct 21, 2020 @ 6:57am
      Oct 21, 2020
      was mostly unrideable due to bushes rodos and thorn bushes covering the trail. About five trees were down across the trail, and some parts were...
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      Routes with this trail

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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 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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      • + 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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      • + 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.
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      • + 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.
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