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Northern Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Great loop that includes both doubletrack and technical ascents, a few drops, doubles, jumps, and classic Pisgah gnar.


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12.4

Miles

19.9

KM

60%

Singletrack

3,272' 997 m

High

2,194' 669 m

Low

1,424' 434 m

Up

1,425' 434 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Overview

A 12.5-mile loop that starts at Rice Pinnacle Road, heads up a doubletrack ascent to Ingles Field Gap on Northern Boundary. Continues up to descend at Green's Lick only to face the semi-technical ascent of Sidehill and Little Hickory Top back to descend Ingles Field Gap, and back to the Rice Pinnacle Road parking lot.

Need to Know

I've seen a few bears over the years on Northern Boundary and Green's Lick can be pretty gnarly if you take the most difficult routes down the mountain.

Description

From the calm doubletrack ascent of Northern Boundary, to the super fast descent of Green's Lick, this loop features the best that Bent Creek has to offer.

Starting at the Rice Pinnacle Road parking lot, ride north towards Northern Boundary. Follow Northern Boundary past five points toward Green's Lick on an easy doubletrack incline grade. Continue up to make your first super fast descent on Green's Lick. Be careful coming down Green's Lick as there are many jumps, doubles, and drops with multiple routes for multiple skills levels. Green's Lick is arguably the best downhill available at Bent Creek so buckle up!

After wiping the muddy grin off of your face at the bottom of Green's Lick, take a left and follow Sidehill back up towards five points. This is a somewhat technical climb and people tend to come bombing down it as there is no assigned directionality to this trail, so be smart. Sidehill will turn into Little Hickory Top and dump you back out at five points.

From here, take a right onto Ingles Field Gap to enjoy another one of Bent Creek's best downhills with a great rock garden to end it before you are spit out onto Ledford Branch Road. From here, take a left on Ledford Branch Road, heading back towards Rice Pinnacle Road back to the Rice Pinnacle Road parking lot.

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Shared By:

Chris Howe

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 6 votes

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Photos

Ingles Field Gap - Bent Creek Experimental Forest - Asheville, NC
Aug 23, 2017 near Bent Creek, NC
Green's Lick - Bent Creek Experimental Forest - Asheville, NC
Oct 9, 2017 near Bent Creek, NC
Enjoy great views from Little Hickory Top.
Mar 8, 2017 near Bent Creek, NC
Riding Greens Lick and Connecting Trails
Nov 16, 2018 near Bent Creek, NC
Start of Northern Boundary at Five Points
Jul 14, 2013 near Bent Creek, NC
View north from Five Points
Jul 14, 2013 near Bent Creek, NC

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