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Pisgah - Wilson Creek Area Preview

(updated: May 8, 2008)

Haven't updated the site for a while but it was because I was out riding last weekend. Had the chance to ride some of the finest trails in the Wilson Creek area of Pisgah so I took off with Ed and Michael on Saturday. The weather turned out to be absolutely perfect.

These trails are steep, fast, and technical. They also require you to shuttle. Well, it's not absolutely necessary but you'll spend most of your time climbing long winding roads for hours otherwise.

It's interesting to compare this area of Pisgah with the southern area near Brevard. Whereas most of the local riders in that area ride rigid 29er singlespeeds (with Titanium frames being the metal of choice) and climb everything, the core riders in the Wilson Creek area are on big bikes and shuttle. Not sure why but it must have to do with the terrain and ease of shuttling. The terrain of Wilson Creek is steeper and you have convenient access to highway 181 to shuttle back to the top.

We actually did a two part shuttle using three cars. Screw climbing. That's what fossil fuel is for (you know I actually don't think that).

Ed and I also brought the same bikes we raced on the weekend before - the RIP 9. What a versatile bike - race one weekend and hit rippin' downhill the next.

I am working on a new video of the trails, but I don't know when it will be done. So I've captured some camera stills to tide you over until the video is ready.


Les going off the log jump on Headley:

Ed winds his way through the tight trees at high speed:

Ed with Les in front:

JP launches a rock on Greentown:

Les on the rocks:


Les and JP in back haulin' down Greentown:

Hard to get a picture of how steep Beehive is. The lighting was too contrasty for good footage:

Les hitting a jump on Headley:

Michael hits the log drop:

The sweet taste of the Raspberry trail:

After some deep woods riding, it opens up for a while:

Nice berms on the way down too:

Back to the tight stuff:

View of Grandfather Mountain in the distance from Ripshin:

This place is incredible:

Heading down Sinkhole:

The Sinkhole. You can jump this, but the penalty for failure is certain death:

JP clears it:



JP sliding off the trail a bit. You don't want to go off this trail, as you will fall a long way:

This is probably my favorite trail:


Steep and fast:


JP pointing to where he fell last time, 50ft down to the water, the last 25ft of which is a cliff. I don't know how he survived:

You can kinda see why you don't want to make a mistake here:

Rule #1: Never touch your disk brake rotor when changing a tire after going down Beehive. You can actually see the rotor pattern on his arm.

Riding these trails will break your frame. Can you find the crack?

Riders Les, Michael, Ed, and Sir Bikes:

Riders Michael, JP, Ed, and Sir Bikes:

The bikes:


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Morganton


1. Ed said...

cant waint to go back

May 9, 2008 @ 8:19 AM

2. Reno said...

One day to ride in WNC.

Dupont, Wilson Creek or "other"?



May 9, 2008 @ 7:08 PM

3. Sir Disappears-a-lot said...

I'm with you there Reno... I've never rode Pisgah, Dupont or Wilson creek... But, I need to get in much better shape first.

May 10, 2008 @ 3:50 AM

4. Sir Bikes said...

You'll want to start with Dupont. Tons of amazing trails, scenic views, and waterfalls. Climbing not brutal like Pisgah.

May 10, 2008 @ 5:33 AM

5. MLB said...

One thing for sure, ride those trails enough and you'll get in shape !! I'm ready to go back !

May 10, 2008 @ 7:01 AM

6. Randy said...

Reno you would be fine with any one of them, but Dupont is the most fun in my opinion. It just doesn't have those "I am going to die if I mess up" moments that are so fun. I believe Pisgah has a few trails that don't descend at all, ever.

May 10, 2008 @ 7:02 AM

7. Les said...

Nothing could be finer then livin' in Carolina.
The Carolina mountains offer it in all. Come pound the Pisgah, "Don't forget to eat at the Banner Elk Cafe."

May 11, 2008 @ 12:31 PM

8. Ed said...

Once again a great time Thanks for your hosptality Cindy and Les and great trail guiding . Its nice to not have to worry about getting lost on the wrong side of a mountain 30 miles from your car.

May 11, 2008 @ 12:48 PM

9. Steve said...

I've been to Dupont and Bent Creek and love them both. Haven't been to Wilson Creek yet but it looks very inviting. I broke my High Fi 29 frame at Bent Creek. Fisher/Trek replaced it for free but I had about 2 weeks of down time due to the need to paint the new frame.

May 11, 2008 @ 6:21 PM

10. Dan said...

Have you ever been to Park City, UT? Shitload of 2-3 hour climbs there. That's where I ride most of the time but the scenery is spectacular. I have been to Dupont just to visit the waterfalls but never took my bike(should have though). Next time I visit my sister, I am riding there....and Pisgah.

May 11, 2008 @ 9:51 PM

11. SBA said...

No but I keep hearing great things about Park City. It's just that every time I've gone to UT I have limited time and thus head straight to Moab. I think the St. George/Zion/Bryce Canyon areas are next on my list.

May 12, 2008 @ 5:17 AM

12. SingleSpeed said...

Ed, at no point were you 30 miles from your car. You guys probably had a couple cars.

May 12, 2008 @ 7:32 AM

13. sean said...

sick photos...that sink hole looks pretty hardcore.

May 12, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

14. irvintat said...

Grew up in WNC... every time I see pictures like this, make me wish I didn\'t move away. You never appreciate it as much as when it\'s gone!

May 12, 2008 @ 7:56 PM

15. Dan said...

I just did a trail in St. George a couple weeks ago and it was really fun. During winter, early spring and late fall is the best time to go there. Gooseberry Mesa is a good trail near St. George but that's not the one I did(I did that last year). I did the Green Valley Race Course and it was super fun but I recommend Gooseberry Mesa. Great views on that trail and real technical.

May 13, 2008 @ 8:33 PM

16. beachbummer said...

Man ole man great pics that is home 4 me i use to use a mountain bike to deer hunt up there great trails and great scenry. i know the ride well that you guys took tuff and fun!!

May 23, 2008 @ 9:12 AM

17. roady said...

Is there any good stuff to ride in Marshall/spring creek?

May 30, 2008 @ 2:11 PM


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