4.8 miles
Distance
599 ft
Climb
-1,582 ft
Descent
01:09:33
Avg time

Yancey Ridge Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Wilson Creek
    Mortimer, North Carolina
  • Ref Number
    #259
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #49467 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #42870 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Along Yancey Ridge near the end be prepared for massive eroded gullies. Most have ride-arounds but with some skill you can ride through them. Beware of tire grabbers hidden in the leaves.

Disclaimer

This trail crosses private land, but is a legal bike trail. Work has begun to modernize this trail and reroute it on federal property. Get involved with this project by contacting trail association below.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Yancey Ridge Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -983 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,613 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,694 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,595 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,614 ft
  • Grade
    -3.9%
  • Grade max
    -39.1%
  • Grade min
    30.3%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,448 ft
  • Avg time
    01:09:33
  • Avg reverse time
    01:10:30
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on Aug 8, 2021
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Avg: 4 (11 votes)

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      Yancey Ridge Trail Trail Reports

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      Aug 8, 2021 @ 7:40am
      Aug 8, 2021
      The ruts at the end of the trail are wet and deep, otherwise the trail is clear, the new reroutes are partially done but not to the end.
      Feb 28, 2021 @ 6:08pm
      Feb 28, 2021
      Jan 23, 2021 @ 3:33pm
      Jan 23, 2021
      About 3 trees down in areas you are flying, but you can spot them ahead of time. Riding great otherwise!
      Nov 27, 2020 @ 10:52am
      Nov 27, 2020
      about 4 trees down requiring dismounting, but is riding great otherwise
      Sep 7, 2020 @ 5:11am
      Sep 7, 2020
      A few downed trees were about the worst of it. The washouts were tough of course but I wouldn’t consider that a “condition” but just part of...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 52 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
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      • 146 rides
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      Jun 24, 2018 @ 4:35pm
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      Apr 11, 2018 @ 11:41am
      Apr 11, 2018

      Trail Lists

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      josesanchez89 TMBA (Apr 26, 2018 at 8:17)
       This trail is super gnarly but on par for the riding you will get in Banner Elk. Climbs are super steep and the descends tech.
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      • + 0
      SCxXxMTB (Oct 23, 2019 at 19:14)
       Unfortunately didnt live up to the hype for me... great trail but there are too many climbs on it IMO. The downs are great, but too short. Wasn't worth the climb as much as it hurts me to say
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      • + 0
      MatthewWayne (Sep 7, 2020 at 13:00)
       Great trail for what it is. It isn’t a coastal flat trail. You will have to climb. The gullies can be a pain but are great for practicing your riding technique. Would be awesome if we could get a group together and do some work on it.
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      • - 1
      phrogfella (Feb 28, 2021 at 18:07)
       This is the trail that you’re looking for. Old-school Pisgah trail that follows the ups and downs of the ridge before falling sharply into Mortimer. Expect tough climbs and gnarly fall line descents. Combine with Old House Gap Road for ~13.1mi and 2900’ of climbing.
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      • + 2
      phrogfella (May 9, 2021 at 7:53)
       Recently renovated with more to come judging by the fact that heavy equipment is still parked along the trail. All except the final mile or so has been reworked and is in prime. No downed trees, lots of new water bars to jump, heavily eroded sections graded, and the mucky/leaf clogged climbs have been cleaned out. Thank you to whoever has done all of the work!
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