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    Easy WNC trails, taking the SO

    I'm taking the SO camping with me and she wants to try to ride with me. what are some good and easy trails that won't scare her off right away. I don't want to throw her into huge climbs just yet. If there are camping opportunities off of the trail all the better.

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    Probably the easiest stuff, if the routes is planned right, is Bent Creek. There's really no way to avoid big climbs in the area, but at BC you can take some relatively easy fireroads to the top of some really fun single track descents.

    North Boundary > 5 points > Ingles Field
    North Boundary > 5 points > North Boundary > Greenslick
    BC Road > LowerSidehill

    These are all basically roads to singeltrack descents. Fair warning though....these still involve climbing, and it may seem like a lot to the beginners. However, there are great rewards for the efforts!
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    Where are you going? This forum covers 2 states. Lot's of woods out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65
    Where are you going? This forum covers 2 states. Lot's of woods out there.

    Yup. Places like Tsali or Jack Rabbit would be great for newer riders.
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    Tsali is an excellent choice.
    Great camping.
    A lake for other activities.
    Trails are reasonable.
    DuPont is also a great choice, especially from a "look at the pretty waterfall" hook for the new rider.
    But, like the Big Mac said, where in WNC are we talking?

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    DuPont is probably the most interesting of all the places listed in that it has a lot of varied terrain. I just took the GF there and she's truly only been mtbing less than 10 time total in her life - she killed it and really appreciated the fact that I needed to look at the map at almost every intersection, and that I guided her around to see some really pretty things, and that I tried my damndest to take her on a route that didn't see too much climbing. As someone else has noted it's impossible to avoid climbing in WNC altogether but avoiding the technical climbing would be in your best interest. Camping out there is probably a challenge though perhaps?
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    Can't believe I spaced on sending someone to Dupont since I just spent the weekend there. Camp at Cascade Lake Campground, ride Dupont one day, and rent a canoe/hike/fish/relax the other day. The campground is about 10-15 minutes by car from all the various Dupont trailheads.
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    [QUOTE=kkjellquist]Probably the easiest stuff, if the routes is planned right, is Bent Creek. There's really no way to avoid big climbs in the area, but at BC you can take some relatively easy fireroads to the top of some really fun single track descents.

    North Boundary > 5 points > Ingles Field
    North Boundary > 5 points > North Boundary > Greenslick
    BC Road > LowerSidehill

    Maybe don't take her down Greenslick...

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    Fwiw, Fontana lake is currently FULL. Like 'Up into the trees' full. First time ever, that I can remember.
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    REALLY? Ive been going to Tsali since ...maybe ....'98 and I've never seen that lake full. WOW.

    Agreed with the above, Bent Creek or DuPont. Tsali is super fun and easy but if on vacation, I would prefer to be within striking distance of Asheville for shopping and eating.

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    [QUOTE=swoodbrn]
    Quote Originally Posted by kkjellquist
    Probably the easiest stuff, if the routes is planned right, is Bent Creek. There's really no way to avoid big climbs in the area, but at BC you can take some relatively easy fireroads to the top of some really fun single track descents.

    North Boundary > 5 points > Ingles Field
    North Boundary > 5 points > North Boundary > Greenslick
    BC Road > LowerSidehill

    Maybe don't take her down Greenslick...
    Maybe don't even take her to 5 points. It's a long climb up there for a beginner. The loops on the south side of Bent Creek are much more manageable.

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    Pine Tree
    Deerfield

    Still have some climbs but they aren't as extended. Much more rolling terrain

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