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Bennett Gap to Coontree Video

(updated: Aug 10, 2008)

It's been a while since I posted a new video. It's hard to post new material in general. I don't know how some of the more prolific blogs do it other than regurgitate other blogs' material. I usually just end up reading other blogs instead of working on mine and that's why I never get anything done.

This video shows Bennett Gap (I just realized I spelled it Bennet Gap in the video - hell if I'm changing it now). Is it Bennet or Bennett?

Anyway, Bennett Gap is a seasonal trail open from Oct 15 to Apr 15 to biking. It's one of the more technical trails you will ride in Pisgah. And it's got great views of the mountains. This ride took place on Mar 29.

I hadn't been down Coontree before. I've always stayed left at the Coontree trailhead and remained on Bennett.

Bennett Gap to Coontree (6m 43s):
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Music: Renaissance: Transitions, Vol. 3, DJ John Digweed
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Some video stills...

Rider: Dennis.

Rider: Jonathan.

Coontree Trail. Rider: Dennis.


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Brevard

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1. Reno said...

Do you need a guide for that trail?

Aug 12, 2008 @ 7:41 AM

2. Sir Peanuts said...

I have to say that it was difficult. I will never follow SirBikes blindly up to a trail again. Especially not this one for a long time. That thing was just brutal. And it helped to have a guide reno because there were some twists and turns you needed to know which direction to go but for the most part it wasn't to bad. It was just a very difficult trail to ride. The climbs were scary at points.

Aug 12, 2008 @ 8:16 AM

3. Randy said...

Bennet gap is one of my favorite Pisgah rides. Very technical.

Aug 12, 2008 @ 10:38 AM

4. Sir Peanuts said...

That Randy is very true, i wasn't as good a rider then as i am now so i feel like if i were to ride it again i would do much better. I like to think i have advanced somewhat in the past 6 months :o)

Aug 12, 2008 @ 10:57 AM

5. muleyo said...

y'all reckon that could be ridden on a hard tail?..and rando, don't tell me you did that on your rigid.

Aug 13, 2008 @ 3:34 PM

6. SBA said...

Most of the guys I ride with when I'm out there ride rigid 29ers. Makes sense because of all the insane climbing.

Aug 13, 2008 @ 4:42 PM

7. Randy said...

Yeah, it was a little rough on the rigid bike.

Aug 14, 2008 @ 11:41 AM

8. Jonathon said...


Aug 16, 2008 @ 7:31 AM

9. hotrob said...

I love that trail! Great camping at the bottom if your lucky enough to get site #7 (awesome site) and using the shuttle method, you can ride it multiple times quickly. Bennet's gap all the way down is always our first trail of the weekend session. The first section is very technical and challenging and instead of going Coon tree, try Perry's Cove its fast and sketchy and and so much fun, except watch for the slush at the bottom. The rest of Bennet's gap is also blast! Nice video, I'm long over due for a Pisgah trip! This got me stoked for the fall!

Aug 21, 2008 @ 11:16 AM

10. Trail Poaching Police said...

Perry's Cove is not open to bikes.

Aug 22, 2008 @ 12:08 PM

11. hotrob said...

LOL, alleged "Trail Poaching Police" that has never stopped me on any trail in Pisgah, you should try Pressley Cove the walking trail...real fast and fun single track, walk it up and ride it down for a nice little roller coaster....but in respect of others, I always give the hikers the right of way...maybe I'll see you on the trail hunting sometime....

Aug 23, 2008 @ 7:03 AM

12. uhbiqo said...


Sep 9, 2008 @ 12:44 PM


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