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    The Pisgah 73

    The something new thread got me to thinking about the all the trails in the Pisgah Ranger District that are designated for mountain bike use. I know I'm not the only one who has made it a point to ride them all and won't be the last. Other user groups have certain challenges like the Pisgah 400 and I propose a Pisgah 71 MTB challenge to ride all the sections of trail in the PRD that are open to mountain bikes. Unofficial, and just for personal fun, of course. You don't get a patch or anything (unless someone wants to make one).

    Here is the list:

    1 101 Ivestor Gap sectional
    2 102 Big Creek sectional
    3 103 Buckhorn Gap
    4 105 Daniel Ridge Loop
    5 106 Farlow Gap Trail
    6 110 Laurel Mtn. Connector
    7 115 Riverside
    8 118 Pink Beds Loop sectional & seasonal
    9 118A Pink Beds Connector seasonal
    10 120 Cat Gap Loop seasonal
    11 121 Laurel Mountain sectional
    12 122 Buckwheat Knob
    13 123 Butter Gap
    14 127 Black Mountain
    15 133 South Mills River
    16 135 North Boundary
    17 136 Little Hickory Top
    18 137A Lower Sidehill
    19 138 Bennett Gap seasonal section
    20 139 Greenslick
    21 143 Sycamore Cove Loop
    22 144 Coontree Loop sectional & seasonal
    23 145 Sidehill
    24 145A Sidehill Connector
    25 147 Squirrel Gap
    26 148 Cantrell Creek
    27 150 Ingles Field Gap
    28 320 Pilot Cove - Slate Rock
    29 320A Pilot Cove Loop
    30 321 Pilot Rock sectional
    31 322 Turkey Pen Gap
    32 324 Vineyard Gap
    33 325 Horse Cove Gap
    34 326 Mullinax
    35 327 Avery Creek
    36 328 Bear Branch
    37 329 Campground Connector
    38 333 Homestead sectional
    39 334 Small Creek
    40 335 Deerfield Loop
    41 336 Pine Tree Loop
    42 337 Explorer Loop Trail
    43 337A Explorer Loop Connector
    44 339 Sleepy Gap sectional
    45 340 Cove Creek
    46 341 Cemetery Loop
    47 343 Club Gap
    48 346 Flat Laurel Creek
    49 348 Laurel Creek
    50 350 Fletcher Creek Trail
    51 351 Bradley Creek
    52 352 Middle Fork
    53 353 North Mills River
    54 354 Trace Ridge sectional
    55 356 Graveyard Ridge sectional
    56 359 North Slope seasonal
    57 361 Caney Bottom sectional
    58 364 Grassy Road Trail
    59 600 Spencer Gap
    60 603 Thrift Cove Loop
    61 606 Wash Creek
    62 610 Foster Creek
    63 611 Yellow Gap
    64 650 Davidson River Trail
    65 660 Ledford
    66 661 Hardtimes Connector
    67 664 Deer Lake Lodge
    68 665 Boyd Branch
    69 666 Wolf Branch
    70 Estatoe
    71 Starnes Branch sectional
    72 116 Long Branch
    73 129 Summey Cove

    Sectional means that only sections of the trail are open to mountain bikes. Seasonal means the trail is only open to bikes from 10/15 to 4/15.

    I don't have the trail numbers for Estatoe or Starnes Branch. If anyone sees any omissions or errors please share them. Anyone have accurate total mtb mileage?

    Who has done them all?

    Thoughts?
    Last edited by driftwood; 08-17-2013 at 05:02 AM. Reason: forgot two trails!
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    OK, you got me with: Small Creek, Foster Creek, Eastatoe and Starnes Branch. Where are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by litespeedchick View Post
    OK, you got me with: Small Creek, Foster Creek, Eastatoe and Starnes Branch. Where are they?
    Small Creek is in Bent Creek.

    Foster Creek off North Mills River Rd. (see the something new thread for more info)

    Estatoe goes from hwy280/64 to the Art Loeb.

    Starnes Branch goes from Black Mtn. to Thrift Cove (used to be signed "Mtns to Sea Alt" there) and from Thrift Cove to Sycamore Cove (used to be signed "To Sycamore Cove"). Only the Sycamore Cove section is open to bikes.
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    I completed this "challenge" in 97-98, the first year I moved here. Whatever was on the map, I made a point to do. I'd have to dig out one of those older maps, there are probably some differences- Perry Cove, for example.

    This is really good way to check everything out and get a feel for the woods. I also still very much appreciate the perspective of what the trails looked like then compared to now.

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    What about a jerzee or t-shirt?
    Maybe a beer glass?
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Whew - I saw the title of this thread and thought it was some new torture fest race that Eric or Todd had come up with..
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    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    Small Creek is in Bent Creek.

    Foster Creek off North Mills River Rd. (see the something new thread for more info)

    Estatoe goes from hwy280/64 to the Art Loeb.

    Starnes Branch goes from Black Mtn. to Thrift Cove (used to be signed "Mtns to Sea Alt" there) and from Thrift Cove to Sycamore Cove (used to be signed "To Sycamore Cove"). Only the Sycamore Cove section is open to bikes.
    thanks! Come to think of it, I noticed there was a name change to that lower part of sycamore last week, it just didn't ring a bell. I'll also go out on a limb and say if it's in Bent Creek I've ridden Small Creek. And yeah, I've done Eastatoe and am always shocked they opened it to bikes.

    But I think you have me on Foster Creek. Years ago we used to ride something that came off the road from North Mills up to the Trace Ridge lot. It was singletrack, went over a knob, and came down into the fire road above Bear Branch. But I don't think it was Foster based on that map. It might be interesting to try to look for it from that direction, what do you think?

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    I too completed all the bike trails within a year of first riding here. I was living in Charlotte so it took a little longer than I would have liked but I had the bug bad and every weekend I was making the drive up so I could mark some more trails off the list and see what else the forest had in store for me. The PRD is a wonderfully diverse forest and riding all the bike trails is a great way to sample some of what it has to offer.

    I still try and ride every trail at least once a year. Graveyard Ridge is my least ridden trail - not easy to get to at all and always a slog.

    Quote Originally Posted by litespeedchick View Post
    thanks! Come to think of it, I noticed there was a name change to that lower part of sycamore last week, it just didn't ring a bell. I'll also go out on a limb and say if it's in Bent Creek I've ridden Small Creek. And yeah, I've done Eastatoe and am always shocked they opened it to bikes.

    But I think you have me on Foster Creek. Years ago we used to ride something that came off the road from North Mills up to the Trace Ridge lot. It was singletrack, went over a knob, and came down into the fire road above Bear Branch. But I don't think it was Foster based on that map. It might be interesting to try to look for it from that direction, what do you think?
    I'm sure you have ridden Small Creek.

    I'm also sure you have not ridden Foster Creek. It is off Foster Creek Rd. (not a forest road) which is just past Pennsylvania on North Mills River Rd. several miles before you reach the North Mills Rec Area. You can connect it to the roads above Bear Branch but it requires a hefty poach through some well used posted private property (don't try it unless you have permission). Next time you are riding out of North Mills stop and check it out on your way in.
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    Cool, I've got some work to do! I've gotten the major 2/3s... Better get on the rest.
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    D'oh!

    While looking at my map this morning I realized I forgot at least two trails: Long Branch and Summey Cove.

    Summey likely won't be around for bike use too much longer but for now it puts the trail count at 73.
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    I've ridden all but 38,39,62,70 & 71, but I don't feel like I've missed anything.

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