Pisgah, DuPont ... ride it before it all erodes away
(updated: Aug 12, 2014)
Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains and Pisgah National Forest are eroding at the rate of a few tens of meters per million years and uniformly over space and time? A few tens of meters? Over space AND time? I was shocked when I read that. At that rate, they'll be as flat as Wilmington in a fraction of an eon, and I need every millimeter of vertical elevation possible for my climbing and descending. Imagine every year that I go down Ridgeline it's a few millimeters lower. What will that do to the Strava times? Next time I'm bringing a wheel barrow full of dirt to place at the top. Take that Mother Nature.
Pisgah riders take note: the ruts are getting deeper and deeper. I don't know how much further it will go, but I've ridden popular trails in CA where the ruts were up to my shoulders. If Chinese miners start breaking through, you know it's really bad.
Speaking of ruts, if you wreck in one it's bad. But if you crash and die in one, your riding buddies can just cover you up by collapsing the sides of the rut over you, no digging required. This is a little known feature of a rut. I'm sure there's at least one unfortunate soul buried in a rut somewhere, or in a road that used to be a rut, or in a concrete slab that used to be a rut in a field. If Jimmy Hoffa comes to mind, you get the picture.
And as they say, good friends help you move. Really good friends help you move a body.
And now here is a video and some photos. The video is of my favorite trail in DuPont: Ridgeline. Here I like to give my kids about a minute head start, then chase them down the trail. I caught my older son but the younger one had a bigger head start and I just got to him at the very end. They are getting faster.
Bottom of Farlow Gap
Start of Daniel Ridge
The creek next to Daniel Ridge
Bottom of Daniel
DuPont slickrock. Nobody goes here. This is Long Rock off of Joanna Rd., or maybe Pinnacle Mtn Rd., or who knows ... I'll probably never be able to find it again.
DuPont petroglyphs. Look like donuts. Not quite as advanced as the ones out West in Moab. Maybe the rock is harder here. I don't know, but every time somebody finds one of these they close off the trail. One recent find forced a re-route of Big Rock trail. I mean, it's not like they're going anywhere. They'll be there long after the trails have eroded away into deep ruts.
View of DuPont and beyond from Long Rock
Wintergreen Falls. Great place to hang out, have lunch, and cool off.
And lastly, here is the view from Stone Mountain. The Stone Mtn trail is a more of a hiking trail, because it goes straight up the mountain. It's not long, just really steep, and if you try to climb it like Parrish and I did you will pay.
1. Jeff LeBlanc said...
Nice! Headed back out there over Labor Day :-)
Aug 13, 2014 @ 5:05 AM
2. McMike L Justice said...
awesome...going for the first time 21st through the 25th...cant wait,nice vid and pics as usual ....pedal dammit!
Aug 14, 2014 @ 1:57 PM
3. mike justice said...
i met the guy in the middle in your last pic this weekend...Parrish,very cool guy,guided us on some good trail up and down Dupont......
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:32 AM
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