FAS - Deep Step Loop - TRAIL

FAS - Deep Step Loop - Trail, Clarks Hill, Carolina

The Deep Step loop at FATS is the shortest and perhaps most demanding loop. To get on it, make the first right turn about 300'' out of the parking lot. Ride the stick of the lollipop and when you get to an intersection, you are on about the highest spot on the loop. Either way is excellent and turns downhill pretty quick. Clockwise has been decribed as a world class Super D course. Very fast, big hits, downhill most of the way, one grunt of a climb and downhill again. CCW is of equal quality. This loop has a very short, but sweet section of primitive singletrack that is in the "Best 7/10''s" section of the old school Tower Trail. When you have crossed the road after the long downhill, the payback begins. Both directions have a nice climb back up with some short steep pitches. The Deep Step Loop takes the most effort of the four loops out there. But it may offer the most fun as well. I think a ride out of the parking lot, the Deep Step Loop and back is 5.9 miles. I think the loop is about 5.25 miles and the rest is the out/back of the lollipop stick.

User Reviews (4)

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steg211   Weekend Warrior [Dec 17, 2013]

This is by far the most demanding trail at FATS, and in my opinion, the funnest.
Steep downhills with woop jumps make you really have to look ahead to decide if you should air it out or soak it up and stay low. You can get in trouble real quick.
Either direction has good downhills and jumps. Going CW, the longest climb is at the very end. I usually go CCW. You still give back all the elevation but the climb at the end is more gradual.
Nothing overly technical. I gave it a '3' on the tech scale due to the overall steepness.
There are multiple STRAVA routes either way.

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5
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4
papkec   Cross Country Rider [Jul 27, 2007]

Very fast trail with Jumps and whoops and some climbing. This trail has longer clims than the rest of FATS and whoops that are spread out more. My second favorite at FATS...Brown wave is my favorite.

Customer Service

We rode it CCW at the advice of a local rider.

Similar Products Used: Rest of FATS, Lick Fork
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5
VALUE
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5
Zacharoo   Cross Country Rider [Dec 19, 2006]

Rode all of FATS today and I cannot believe how blown away I was by the trail. Hats off to the builders and all the people who have put in time workingout there. It is an awsome place to rip it up!!! "Get after it Wanda!!" I and a buddy drove from ATL and we left there dumbstruck!!

Customer Service

Just make all right hand turns and you wont' get lost but I was luckly my buddy had been there before.

Similar Products Used: Can't say because not from the area.
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5
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3
seenvic   Cross Country Rider [Jul 01, 2006]

Big hits, high speed, some steep pitches to climb. Big fun. This is the shortest of the four loops at FATS, but it may be the most demanding.

Customer Service

Out of the parking lot, first right about 500' in. Ride the lollipop stick to the loop. At the loop, either direction is good. Ride the loop back to this spot and back out the lollipop stick.

To shuttle the loop, you can ride down one side and when you get to the paved road, turn onto the road and it's a 1 mile ride up the road to the trail and you can go down the other direction.

Similar Products Used: Brown Wave, Skinny, Great Wall. Modoc, Turkey Creek, Wine Creek, Horn Creek.
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5
VALUE
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5
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