3 miles
Distance
273 ft
Climb
-1,024 ft
Descent
00:23:35
Avg time
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Trace Ridge Descent Details

  • Riding area
    Mills River
    Mills River, North Carolina
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop
  • Global Ranking
    #8060

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
    00:23:35
  • Avg reverse time
    00:46:18
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Status:
on Aug 17, 2017
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Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)

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Trace Ridge Descent Trail Reports

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Aug 17, 2017 @ 8:36pm
Aug 17, 2017
Large tree across the trail about half way down. Fortunately, there's plenty of time to see it.
Aug 13, 2017 @ 3:22pm
Aug 13, 2017
So so washed out. Brutal. Expert only, or you'll be walking your bike a lot
Jul 5, 2017 @ 2:57pm
Jul 5, 2017
A lot of erosion, exposed rocks, and drops. Fun trail, but a black diamond would better represent current conditions.
Apr 14, 2017 @ 11:29am
Apr 14, 2017
Large tree obstructing trail mid way through
Apr 2, 2017 @ 10:36am
Apr 2, 2017
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Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:30pm
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Trace Ridge Descent, Asheville
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Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:29pm
Jan 27, 2017
Trace Ridge Descent, Asheville

Routes with this trail

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

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