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    Fire Mountain route advice

    I'm probably heading up there Saturday and would like some advice on routes. It looks like you climb either one of the outer trails (Spearfinger or Uktena) and then descend Kessel Run. But both Spearfinger and Uktena are two-way?

    What's the best sequence to run laps to ensure you hit all the fun stuff?

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    I generally ride this route: Tinker's Dream to the first Lazy Elk intersection, then up Lazy Elk to Spear finger. Spear finger to the top, down Kessel Run to the intersection with Lazy Elk. Back up Lazy Elk to Waya. Waya to Uktena, up Uktena to the top. Then I go down Spearfinger and Lazy Elk back to the intersection with Kate's Wave/Tinker's Dream. From there you can go out Tinker's to the parking lot, or climb back to Ways and then go to Uktena and down to Tinker's. This will give you @13-14 miles.

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    Spearfinger is a shorter, more sustained climb to the top. Uktena is a little longer, with a couple of steep sections, including some fierce switchbacks, but with plenty of places where you can recover too. Uktena is my preference to climb but others prefer Spearfinger - pick your poison, either way it's tough, the climbs are quite a bit steeper than anything else in the area.

    All three trails are a blast to descend and are quite different from one another:

    - Spearfinger has the most consistent grade, very flowy, wide and fast.

    - Kessel Run is also a wide flow trail, but has a number of tabletop jumps, a wooden drop feature, some significant steep/fast downhill sections and some steep albeit short climbs.

    - Uktena resembles more of a natural trail, it's narrow, has tight switchbacks and some super rad rhodo tunnel sections as well as a big (optional) wooden feature. The harder you push on this trail the more fun it is to link sections together,
    bonus points for taking the high lines and shredding the switchbacks.

    Have a rad time and be sure to swing by Motion Makers bike shop in town/spend some $$$ in local stores to support the continued growth of the trail system!

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    Thanks all.

    How's the trail hold up after the rain last night/this morning? Looks like it's been very dry until then so I'm guessing it's still in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Thanks all.

    How's the trail hold up after the rain last night/this morning? Looks like it's been very dry until then so I'm guessing it's still in good shape.
    Extremely well. The trails were very well built and drain quickly. I would have no hesitation riding there this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Thanks all.

    How's the trail hold up after the rain last night/this morning? Looks like it's been very dry until then so I'm guessing it's still in good shape.
    I just finished riding it and will be here again tmrw. Pm me if you want to hit a lap.

    I did up firepower to uktena to Kessel. I did tinker to lazy to spear to uketna. I did the same thing but down Kessel. I did up tinker to uktena to down spear. And I messed around on Kate's wave with my dog. These are super well built trails. The amount of leaves on the ground suprised me it must not get huge amounts of traffic.

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    By the way anybody coming to Fire Mountain to camp, Bradley's Campground is super good for the price. WiFi, hot showers, River bank access, quiet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaneDetroitCity View Post
    By the way anybody coming to Fire Mountain to camp, Bradley's Campground is super good for the price. WiFi, hot showers, River bank access, quiet.

    Do they have tent campsites? What were the prices for a site?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinboyer View Post
    Do they have tent campsites? What were the prices for a site?
    Yes, literally on the river. 25 otd. I got a small cabin for 38 otd. Sites include electric and water. Plus shower,wifi,etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaneDetroitCity View Post
    Yes, literally on the river. 25 otd. I got a small cabin for 38 otd. Sites include electric and water. Plus shower,wifi,etc.

    Thanks for the info. I usually stay in Bryson City when I head up there. Might have to give Bradley's a look.
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    I missed this until it was too late! I may have seen you out there though. Were you with another guy with a dog wearing an orange vest?

    Had a great day out there on Fire Mountain! Did five laps (runs?) and really had a blast. The climbs are easy and the descents are fun. I went up Spearfish twice and Uktena three times. Descended Spearfish and Ukenta once each and Kessel 3x. I didn't hit the fire tower trail as I'll save that for a shuttle run.

    Ended up with over 25 miles and 5200' of climbing. I'll be back for sure.

    I was disappointed to find out Cherokee was dry and didn't have any good Mexican or BBQ places. The guys at Motion Makers advised me to drive to Bryson City?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I was disappointed to find out Cherokee was dry and didn't have any good Mexican or BBQ places. The guys at Motion Makers advised me to drive to Bryson City?!?
    I was at Tsali with a friend the other day, and went to Bryson City for dinner. Some options for good food & drinks there, for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaneDetroitCity View Post
    By the way anybody coming to Fire Mountain to camp, Bradley's Campground is super good for the price. WiFi, hot showers, River bank access, quiet.
    We will be in Cherokee next weekend for riding , ( and the WSOP at the casino ) We have a 30' Toy Hauler camper. We've stayed at Happy Holidays and it was not bad ( but it was in December and it was empty/deserted ) . Ive looked at many of the campgrounds around there and some seem to have permanent residents staying and or the sites were kinda close. Any other particulars about Bradleys that sets it above the rest? A solid wifi is a huge bonus !
    To others looking to tent camp, Hipcamp has some spots in the area that look awsum for a bike/camping trip in the area.

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