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  1. #1
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    May 2008

    Pilot Cove Loop - Slate Rock

    How does the Pilot Cove-Slate Rock compare with Laurel Mtn and Pilot Rock? I'm trying to decide if I should definitely do it, or skip that section to have time to grab a couple beers at the Hub and save my legs for the following two days of riding.

  2. #2
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    If you are talking about doing Laurel>Pilot and then Pilot Cove>Slate Rock, most people I know call that "Outer-Inner." It's one of my mostests favoritests rides ever. The view from Slate Rock, IMHO, is the best singletrack-by-bike view in Pisgah District. The woods are beautiful and the trails are excellente.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2003
    Both require going up something. Your downhill interests would be the deciding factor. Heck, just go to the Hub.
    CB: Ah well... I'll take one with under wire

  4. #4
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    Oct 2007
    Since we are both flat landers, I would say that it's definitely a great route. Laurel is great, you have some hike a bike near the top and Pilot going down is obviously well worth the hike.

    Pilot Cove\Slate Rock, you have that initial steepness, the lookout point and then a really awesome long down hill.

    I really like this combo, I was definitely tired being just a normal flat lander that's done a moderate to reasonable amount of Pisgah riding.

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