Asheville, NC: Laurel Mountain trail -> Pilot Rock trail
Laurel Mountain to Pilot Rock is classic Pisgah singletrack at it's finest. Start at Bradley Creek on FS1206 to begin with a climb and finish with a descent on fireroad. Turn onto Laurel Mountain trail and have your climbing legs ready, it's not going to let up for 6 miles. During the first couple of miles you'll pass manynatural technical trail features that will bring out the trials rider in you, or stop you in your tracks. After the first gap you'll find long and winding benchcut with views deep into the valleys and rhododendron tunnels that, when in full bloom, are breathtaking. There are a number of gaps along the way that are perfect places to regroup, also. After 6 miles of climbing you'll reach a serious hike-a-bike that lets you know the climb is just about over. Vere left at the fork and continue to climb just a bit more to Pilot Rock trail. Tighten your chinstrap, check your equipment, and get ready to rock. Be ready for a descent that drops about 1500 feet in two miles, is covered in rocks and roots, and has more switchbacks than you can count. Be sure to stop at the two overlooks along the way to wait up for your buddies and to shake the tingling out of your hands. Watch out for the rock garden towards the bottom. It looks ridable but can eat both man and machine in an instant. The descent finishes with fast straightaways on wide track, don't get in over your head, the finish isn't too technical, but you can get going to fast very quickly. When you reach the fireroad it's all flats and downhills back to the car.
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