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    Let's see if I can get this right. We want to climb Clawhammer and do the lower part of Black Mountain DH. We have done the hike a bike up and then down to the gravel road and rode that down due to time limits. What is the name of that section of gravel road? If I remember correctly we can climb CH up for about 2.5 to 3 miles and turn right on the gravel road/trail then that would take us to the spot where we have been before? Hope this makes sense. Thanks if you can help.

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    It'll be Maxwell Cove Road (not sure it's marked, however).

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    Very helpful. Thanks. Unfortunately a few guys say they would rather ride their bikes than carry them. I actually enjoy the hike section.

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    Yeah, the upper portions of the downside are the best. They've done a lot of good work on the lower section, but I still think it's a bit anticlimactic, with awkward, kicker speed bumps instead of flyable jumps. So, I typically jump up to do Thrift and Sycamore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoodbrn View Post
    Yeah, the upper portions of the downside are the best. They've done a lot of good work on the lower section, but I still think it's a bit anticlimactic, with awkward, kicker speed bumps instead of flyable jumps. So, I typically jump up to do Thrift and Sycamore.
    Those would be cool options if I knew my way around. Someday I'll have to come for an extended stay and take time to explore.

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    what hiking sections

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weight_of_Sound View Post
    what hiking sections
    Come with us and my buddies will show you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoodbrn View Post
    Yeah, the upper portions of the downside are the best. They've done a lot of good work on the lower section, but I still think it's a bit anticlimactic, with awkward, kicker speed bumps instead of flyable jumps. So, I typically jump up to do Thrift and Sycamore.
    Drainage is great.... Triailis horrible now. Too pedally, awkward jumps and rock gardens

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    Drainage is great.... Triailis horrible now. Too pedally, awkward jumps and rock gardens
    Drama queen, you are.

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    Y, the rock armoring is the best part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weight_of_Sound View Post
    what hiking sections
    There are two types of people who ride Black Mountain.
    Those who hike sections and those who lie about hiking sections.

    Anything else and you have not ridden Black Mountain.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    Drainage is great.... Triailis horrible now. Too pedally, awkward jumps and rock gardens
    I guess some people like washed out straight lined point and shoot riding.

    If you liked the way Black used to be, then ride Thrift Cove down. It should be about the same.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    If you liked the way Black used to be, then ride Thrift Cove down. It should be about the same.
    Respectfully disagree. Thrift has a unique flavor different than Black was or is now. I believe it originated as a true logging road (much lower grade, bi-directional truck traffic, etc) where as Lower Black was a timber extraction route used to skid logs downhill only. Thrift has nice wide turns, gentle grade and decent alignment. Lower Black now has some of those qualities after the rework but could only be manipulated so much due to it's tight corridor. In my opinion Long Branch is more reminiscent of what Lower Black used to feel like.
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    It was just a joke Mark.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    It was just a joke Mark.
    Well that's what I get for being in the forums too damn early in the morning. Haha
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    It's ok, go ride a bike.

    I think Black will be on this weekends agenda along with a bunch of the seasonal stuff.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I've always liked Long Branch. Jus saying.. Altho I also like upper Butter Gap and welcome the extra mileage to get up to it..that upper section you get in return isn't all that imo, as compared to losing Long Branch. Which is a shame. Meaning most of which is just extra road bed. Unless its changed in the last couple of years. I wish there was an easy way to do both on one loop.
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    If they don't like the hiking, go on up CH and turn left on black. Left on avery will get you back to the forest road. That's a fun loop.

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    Yes it is. We've done that loop and like it. We did hike a bike over Black. There is some serious erosion since the last time I was there. I had a nice endo when I smacked my front rotor on a nice rock tablet. Got a good look at my ass as I was folded up! I'm sure that trail crews would have a tough time maintaining the upper sections. After eating dirt the lower section was a welcome break. Either I'm getting old or those trails are getting rougher. Buckhorn seemed a little rougher too. Still enjoyed it.

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    Lower black has really settled in nicely since the work was done. I had not ridden it in months until this past weekend, was surprised at how fun it was since I had initially thought it was a little awkward when the work was first completed. I think that was mostly due to having the old trail in mind while riding it.

    Taken for what it is now, it's awesome! Tons of jumps, very few of which are "awkward," great flow for 99% of it. If you do the Maxwell > Black ride it makes for a good contrast. Rugged straight-line/fall line blown out gnar followed by some really good flow trail with tons of jump opportunities.

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