3 miles
Distance
273 ft
Climb
-1,024 ft
Descent
00:23:20
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Trace Ridge Descent Trail

Trace Ridge Descent Details

  • Riding area
    Mills River
    Mills River, North Carolina
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop
  • Global Ranking

Ridgeline descent above mills river. Rutted out gullies have made the trail more technical with exposed rocks and several small drops. Very rocky and fast on the first two descents. The third descent is fast, but more flowy since it's less vertical and was rebuilt after logging destroyed the original final section. Watch out for horses...

Access via wash creek rd to spencer gap upper.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Trace Ridge Descent mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -751 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,571 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,488 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,323 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,572 ft
  • Grade max
    -26.734%
  • Grade min
    15.996%
  • Distance climb
    3,179 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    563 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:20
  • Avg reverse time
    00:47:42
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Status:
on Sep 21, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (4 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trace Ridge Descent Trail Reports

datedescription
Sep 21, 2018 @ 8:35am
1 days
Perfect conditions from start to finish!!
Jul 9, 2018 @ 3:12pm
Jul 9, 2018
Great conditions!
Apr 1, 2018 @ 11:04am
Apr 1, 2018
Feb 19, 2018 @ 6:47am
Feb 19, 2018
Nov 30, 2017 @ 3:40pm
Nov 30, 2017
I agree with the others - major erosion issues on this trail, but also had good stretches of long, flowing downhill. Don't recall a large tree...
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May 4, 2018 @ 6:53pm
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Trace Ridge Descent, My City
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Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Jan 27, 2017
Trace Ridge Descent, Asheville
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Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Jan 27, 2017
Trace Ridge Descent, Asheville
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Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Jan 27, 2017
Trace Ridge Descent, Asheville

Routes with this trail

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Trace Ridge Up | Fletcher Creek Down
8 miles
Wash Creek Road / Trace Ridge Trail Loop
7 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag Mightywhite (Jul 2, 2018 at 8:04)
 Super fun trail with a few water bar sections, nothing heavy. Feels like a bit less refined Kitsuma. Highly recommended.
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