DuPont trails you’ve never ridden
(updated: Aug 30, 2012)
Longside, Pine Tree, Cascade, Wilkie, and Micajah. You may or may not have ridden these trails recently, but they have been updated in recent years.
Most of the time I go to DuPont, I meet up with friends, and we end up skipping these trails even though they start right by the Corn Mill Shoals parking lot. Most folks do the same. In fact I never see anyone heading to these trailheads. Instead the majority of us head straight for Big Rock/Cedar Mtn, Burnt Mtn, Reasonover, Mine Mtn, Laurel Ridge, and also Ridgeline. All awesome trails of course. But Longside and Cascade have some great sections.
It’s actually been a few years since I last rode Longside, and I thought it was still part of Pine Tree. It was really narrow, but now it has been widened by machine. It will narrow gradually over time, which is good, because the narrower the trail, the better. If it’s so narrow that you get brush burns on your legs that’s even better. And if it’s narrower than that, well then you’re bushwhacking. If you're crazy enough to argue that a wider trail than brush burns is better, then I'm crazy enough that should you go on a ride with me and I can get next to you on a trail, I will push you off the side into a tree, log, rock, or off a cliff. Or grab your front brake, kick you, toss a rattlesnake at you, stick in your spokes, or any number of things. People learn to ride fast and avoid doubletrack when they ride with me.
These lesser ridden trails were so lonely that they opened themselves up and spread rays of sunlight before me, illuminating my path. Riding alone is sometimes the thing to do, where you can explore at your own pace, and not annoy anyone by taking pictures and video all the time instead of riding. Yeah, I don't know anyone that does that.
Pine Tree Trail.
Follow the rock cairns.
Gotta love the East Coast slickrock.
Bridge on Cascade.
Glad to see this is still here on Pine Tree. Although there is now a ride-around. But going up this way is challenging and way better.
Going down is a nice drop.
Pine Tree Trail.
Switchback on Longside Trail. This used to be super narrow.
This is the best section of Longside. Starts with a long straightaway with a launch then into some nice turns then another launch. Really fun.
Launch on left, then quick rock downhill.
This is Wilkie Trail.
This is a drop off to the side. I half-attempted it and did not have enough speed. Don't half-attempt anything.
Killer view on Micajah.
The kid's trail. I take them here to warm them up, then it's off to Ridgeline for some downhill fun.
Greetings from Brevard...
Google Earth (.kml) files and GPS eXchange (.gpx) files.
TRAIL GPS COORDS (4)
1. Jeff LeBlanc said...
Erol, just got back from DuPone this weekend and YES I rode those trails! It has been a while but you're right, they re worked those trails and their awesome!!Thanks for letting everyone know.
Sep 3, 2012 @ 6:33 PM
2. SBA said...
I was there this weekend... where were you?
Sep 3, 2012 @ 7:02 PM
3. Randy said...
Sadly, they also sanitized a bunch of tech features.
You going to be around this weekend? I could use an extra volunteer at the Pisgah Monster Cross. After the last racer we can shuttle laurel mountain downhill.
Sep 9, 2012 @ 7:33 PM
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