3 miles
Distance
273 ft
Climb
-1,024 ft
Descent
00:23:32
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
    #4547 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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 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
    00:23:32
  • Avg reverse time
    00:47:42
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Status:
on Jan 6, 2019
Variable
Avg: 4.6 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Trace Ridge Descent Trail Reports

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      Jan 6, 2019 @ 12:15pm
      Jan 6, 2019
      Trace is Trace...mostly dry except for a few areas that stay wet, riding great, although most of the trail is washed out and covered in...
      Oct 26, 2018 @ 7:12am
      Oct 26, 2018
      Rained since yesterday all morning
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 8:35am
      Sep 21, 2018
      Perfect conditions from start to finish!!
      Jul 9, 2018 @ 3:12pm
      Jul 9, 2018
      Great conditions!
      Apr 1, 2018 @ 11:04am
      Apr 1, 2018
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 166 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 630 rides
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      Photos

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      May 4, 2018 @ 6:53pm
      May 4, 2018
      Trace Ridge Descent, My City
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      Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:30pm
      Jan 27, 2017
      Trace Ridge Descent, Asheville
      104 |
      Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:30pm
      Jan 27, 2017
      Trace Ridge Descent, Asheville
      81 |
      Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:30pm
      Jan 27, 2017
      Trace Ridge Descent, Asheville

      Routes with this trail

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      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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