Rock’n and Ride’n at Richhampton Bikers Trail

If you keep your momentum you can charge up pretty much all the climbs and the descents are steep and tricky.

This is a classic Black Mountain trail and was featured in Freehub Magazine's Pisgah Photo Book: Issue 6. There is an optional drop 1/2 way down. The trails all run parallel to the Fountain Place paved road so they can be shuttled by car. Flow trail is a bit tight at the top, but gets really fast as you transition to the lower Rush. The climb up from Marlette Lake trail is pretty tough, but relatively short. This new trail flows well and has multiple banked berms and small jumps that wind down the mountainside. You can find everyone out here having fun from people in body armor and downhill bikes to families testing their kids limits to xc racer types riding intervals. From the young (or not so young) beginner, to the downhill pro, a flow trail delivers smiles for riders of all ages and skill level. Do not ride when wet and not if you are not a skilled rider.

Drop in off a shallow rock slab and then whip through a few tight berms. This created a reroute of the single track. A few wet spots, but almost non-existent mud. It packs in a lot of excitement in a short amount of time. You'll need somebody to drop you off at the start and pick you up at the end. This is the third downhill only trail on the north side trail network. Two wheel drifting is likely if you have speed but are not riding the top few inches of the berms. Some wet/muddy creek crossings, but otherwise dry. You'll need somebody to drop you off at the start and pick you up at the end.


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The climb to the top ends with a beautiful vista of Twin Lakes and the surrounding area. Ride to the top and then down and link it directly into Ridegeline (with some double track). Rocks for texture, obstacles for fun and some short fast downhils in this 2. The new state course removed any of the wooden features that were present on the original 16 mile trail and replaced the skinny singletrack with a machine cut ~4' wide track down the mountain. Plenty of kick ups, jumps, drops, and huge berms. Logs are gone! I need to learn how to jump! This trail is the cherry on top when riding Porcupine rim! It is typically maintained at a high level due to its popularity and use.

Technically you can go both directions but everyone typically starts from Guardsman and either drops down Desolation or continues to Mill Canyon or Ridgeline Connector. Other features include rock garden (that is rutted on the outer edges because XC peeps avoid it), skinny with twists and some other short elevated bridges. Few sniper rocks on the trail. Gnarly trail. You'll need somebody to drop you off at the start and pick you up at the end. So be careful with your carbon frames! The flowiest trails of the mountain! Logs are gone! The trail has good flow with some spicy sections.

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