2.7 miles
Distance
169 ft
Climb
-933 ft
Descent
00:23:10
Avg time
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Trace Ridge Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    North Mills River
    Mills River, North Carolina
  • Ref Number
    #354
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop
  • Global Ranking
    #4547 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    U.S. Forest Service

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.

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More Stats for Trace Ridge Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -764 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,574 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,478 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,339 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,575 ft
  • Grade
    -5.4%
  • Grade max
    -45.3%
  • Grade min
    23.4%
  • Distance climb
    2,575 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,368 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:10
  • Avg reverse time
    00:52:15
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Status:
on May 18, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.8 (9 votes)

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

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 15 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 328 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,542 rides
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      Photos

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      Jun 8, 2020 @ 2:39pm
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      May 4, 2018 @ 6:53pm
      May 4, 2018
      251 |
      Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:29pm
      Jan 27, 2017
      317 |
      Feb 13, 2016 @ 10:37am
      Feb 13, 2016

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      Routes with this trail

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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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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      • + 1
      LegitBiker9000 (May 20, 2019 at 8:01)
       Honestly way better descent than spencer gap, yeah spencer gap may have a few man build features on it, but screw it, where would u rather end on a uphill or have a full descent of classic pisgah?
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      • + 0
      Spiderman1028 (Sep 22, 2020 at 15:25)
       What legitbiker9000 said haha.
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      • + 0
      provin1327 (Apr 8, 2021 at 13:29)
       Wow, one of the best descents I have ever ridden. Very high speed, chunky but nothing crazy and berms with loads of grip. An absolute must do trail!
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      Videos

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      14:51 | 307 | Apr 8, 2020 , Mills River
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      18:58 | 417 | Mar 24, 2020 , Mills River
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