Before tackling Pisgah proper, this Bent Creek / Trace Ridge mountain bike loop is a great introduction to the rugged Western North Carolina terrain of roots and rocks, steep climbs, and cold creek crossings we have all come to love. Parking is a paved area at Rice Pinnacle with primitive toilets. Pack lots of food and plenty of water because although the ride itself usually takes under four hours, you will likely be out for most of the day taking it all in!
clouds remain low until mid-morning most days
rounding the corner, getting ready for the sweet descent of Spencer Branch
blasting thru the creek on Fletcher Creek trail
resting and refueling before tackling the gravel road climb back up to the gap under the Parkway