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    "Big Ivy" area

    Anyone been in this area West of mount Mitchell? It's shown as big Ivy on trail forks. I am specifically thinking about doing the Laurel gap trail and some of the downhill runs off the road. Let me know what you think, thanks for the insight!

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    Yes it's awesome. Trails are in bad shape right now. One of the trails was booby trapped last year so be aware.

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    Big Ivy will make a man outta ya. So good out there!

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    Yup, itís awesome. Just keep in mind that itís difficult and remote, which is partly what makes it special.

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    I like difficult and remote! Sounds like fun, any preferred route or trails I should make sure and hit or make sure and skip?

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    Didn't the FS doze Bear Pen? Has it been rebuilt?

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    Bumping this thread. I'm thinking of heading out there this weekend. Does anyone have a loop that they would recommend or the best trails to hit while out there?

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    Its gated now so you'll have a good gravel climb to get to the good stuff.

    If you have the time go out to Laurel Gap and ride that to Bear Pen then across the road to Staire Creek. If you still feel like riding go back up the gravel and do Walker Creek... or just do an out and back on it. Or you can ride Laurel Gap from the North side out to Walker.

    Big Ivy is remote and difficult due to the elevation. Everything is pretty much straight up then straight down. The trails are old logging roads so they are fairly wide with plenty of rocks.

    Laurel Gap is a mellow-ish grassy road for the most part but everything else is steep.

    I was hiking around out there early January and Bear, Staire, and Walker were mostly clear of trees. Laurel Gap had alot of blow downs from Walker south...

    Post up conditions when you get back please...
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    Thanks banjopickin that's what I needed to know. I drove out there once just to explore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banjopickin View Post
    Its gated now so you'll have a good gravel climb to get to the good stuff.

    If you have the time go out to Laurel Gap and ride that to Bear Pen then across the road to Staire Creek. If you still feel like riding go back up the gravel and do Walker Creek... or just do an out and back on it. Or you can ride Laurel Gap from the North side out to Walker.

    Big Ivy is remote and difficult due to the elevation. Everything is pretty much straight up then straight down. The trails are old logging roads so they are fairly wide with plenty of rocks.

    Laurel Gap is a mellow-ish grassy road for the most part but everything else is steep.

    I was hiking around out there early January and Bear, Staire, and Walker were mostly clear of trees. Laurel Gap had alot of blow downs from Walker south...

    Post up conditions when you get back please...
    Ya, Gravel > Laurel > Bear Pen > Staire Creek....fantastic loop. I rode this last in 2016 and this loop was 13.6mi / 2400ft climbing. This is def the right time of year to ride Laurel. It grows up thick in summer!

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    Anybody been out here very recently? All clear? Trees? Booby-traps?

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    Most of the on map trails are good. Some of the off map stuff still needs some work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugar_Brad View Post
    Most of the on map trails are good. Some of the off map stuff still needs some work.
    Thanks. I appreciate it.

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    Curious about gravel to Perkins to laurel to bear pen? Anyone know recent conditions? Thanks in advance

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