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    Dupont Question

    What is the best way up to Cedar Rock (easiest climb)?
    Would it be up and across Big Rock from Corn Mill Shoals Trail or the southern end of Cedar Rock Trail from Little River Trail? Am I assuming correctly that the usual descent is on the northern end of Cedar Rock that comes down by the power line?

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    Park at Corn Mill Shoals parking.
    Take CMS to Little River.
    Pass the first Cedar Rock and take the second.

    It was reworked earlier this year making it a lot easier now.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Park at Corn Mill Shoals parking.
    Take CMS to Little River.
    Pass the first Cedar Rock and take the second.

    It was reworked earlier this year making it a lot easier now.
    So that's climbing UP from the power line side correct?
    And so what descent is best? Stay on Cedar Rock and descend back down to Little River or turn off Cedar Rock onto Big Rock and come down that trail back to Corn Mill Shoals?

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    Correct, up from Power line. Coming down Big Rock or the other leg of Cedar Rock are both great, no losers tree.

    Quote Originally Posted by WNCGoater View Post
    So that's climbing UP from the power line side correct?
    And so what descent is best? Stay on Cedar Rock and descend back down to Little River or turn off Cedar Rock onto Big Rock and come down that trail back to Corn Mill Shoals?

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    I think it is actually easier from the parking lot side. There are a few short walking sections but the overall grade is not as steep. And then you get to go down the steep part to the power line.

    If you really want to suffer, try the middle route. That is steeeeeep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    I think it is actually easier from the parking lot side. There are a few short walking sections but the overall grade is not as steep. And then you get to go down the steep part to the power line.

    If you really want to suffer, try the middle route. That is steeeeeep.
    You are referring to taking Big Rock up which is the better down hill IMO.

    Either way though, have you done it since they rerouted the bottom portion of Cedar Rock (power lines side)? There is no more walking involved.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    How does the climb compare to say, Jim Branch and how does the downhill compare to Ridgeline?
    I know that's probably comparing apples to oranges but I have climbed Jim Branch and been down Ridgeline and thus, the only comparisons I have.

    I want to ride Cedar Rock but as a relative newbie, I'm also trying not to get in over my head.

    edit to add: Thanks guys for the information thus far!
    Last edited by WNCGoater; 09-05-2014 at 05:34 AM. Reason: thanks

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    From a FL-guy perspective, and my first time there 3 weeks ago, the descending on Cedar is way different than Ridgeline. Cedar is mostly rock, steeper and straight and I recall using the brakes a lot, like most of the time. Ridgeline is way more fun IMO…....but I'm a rookie up there, and hoping to make it back soon.

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    I'm with kjlued on the preferred route, and agree with Surfdog93 that the Ridgeline descent is way different from either Cedar Rock option... Want something like Ridgeline on the west side of DSRF? Try running Burnt counter-clockwise (if you're concerned about getting in over your head you're probably gonna walk the rock armor either way) or go up Rock Quarry Rd and hit Micajah via Buck Ridge, or go out Longside to play on Cascade...

    Here's my favorite route on the west side--about 14 miles, and picks up all three of the fun descents mentioned above...

    Park at CMS lot and cross road to Corn Mill Shoals Tr
    Right onto Burnt Mtn Tr (note: Burnt is easier in this direction)
    Straight onto Corn Mill Shoals, then
    Right onto Little River
    Go past first Cedar Rock connector (on left)
    Left onto Cedar Rock Trail
    Left at power line and follow cairns across rock slab into woods
    Right onto Big Rock Tr
    Right onto Corn Mill Shoals Tr
    Right onto Longside Tr
    Left onto Pine Tree Tr
    Right at road to stay on Pine Tree Tr
    Left after climb to stay on Pine Tree Tr
    Right onto Cascade Tr
    Cross Sheep Mtn Tr onto Pine Tree Tr
    Cross road to stay on Pine Tree Tr
    Left onto Longside
    Right onto Twixt Tr
    Cross road to pick up Rock Quarry Rd
    Left at mouth of quarry to stay on Rock Quarry Rd
    Left onto Buck Ridge Tr
    Left onto Micajah Tr
    Right onto Wilkie Tr
    Left at road and back to parking lot

    Have fun, and remember that we share the trails with lots of other users at DSRF.

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    I usually climb Big rock, descend the non powerline (middle) trail of cedar and then either climb back up the way I just came down or take LR to the powerline cedar trailhead and climb up that. Then take big rock back down. Usually do burnt mtn and parts of pine whatever (first left on CMS from the lot) as well. My parents are usually watching the childrens so I gots to be quick.

    Jim branch, IIRC, is easier than climbing any of the 3 ways to the top of cedar (BR and both Cedars). The powerline side of cedar is probably on par with jim branch, but the trails are so different it is hard to judge. Ridgeline is cake compared to any of the downhills from the top of cedar , although I'm not sure if I have ridden down the powerline side of cedar. Much steeper, rougher and higher consequences. The pure granite sections at the top are not smooth by any means and it gets fast quick. You can easily destroy a rim if you case an undulation in the rock surface. That said it is the TITS! Nothing like flying down that granite. Love the rocky sections of BR too. Some good double opportunities on all the way down from cedar. Definitely check you speed during the peak tourist times as these trails are frequented by hikers. Much less worry doing high speed runs in the winter months.

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    Jim Branch is simple compared to Cedar Rock.
    Ridgeline is fast and flowy and Big Rock is more technical.

    Just do it.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Just do it.
    Ha! I could get in trouble with you!

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    Many people do.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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