You read that right. Effective 5/28/19 Ridgecrest will no longer allow public access to their trails or, more importantly, Old Mitchell Toll Rd. We went in today and got handed this flyer.
No, it does not completely cut off access. However, now the only way to access Old Toll from below is through Montreat. I'm curious how they intend to prevent people coming down from the BRP from ending up in Ridgecrest.I have only ridden Heartbreak from this direction once many years ago. Does this completely cut off access to the Toll Rd.? Or is there a way that does not involve going through Ridgecrest?
It probably has more to do with parents of the kids that stay there reporting there was alcohol on the property and the parents calling to complain about it incessantly. Unless you've worked with kids, especially with ideological parents, you have no idea how annoyingly vocal they can be about even minor things.Perhaps the Baptists thought that all the mountain bikers were going to corrupt their youth by offering them a beer.
Outsider here who was really looking forward to riding heartbreak ridge in a few weeks.No, it does not completely cut off access. However, now the only way to access Old Toll from below is through Montreat. I'm curious how they intend to prevent people coming down from the BRP from ending up in Ridgecrest.
The way I access Toll Rd is up Lookout Rd from Flat Creek Rd (called Assembly Dr. in Montreat). Take a right off Assembly right before Lake Susan. There is a trail head for the Lookout Mtn trail and you should see a gated road leading out of the lower parking lot. It starts as dirt, turns to pavement which ends a road crossing. Continues as a rocky trail across that road... something like 10-12 miles to the top of Heartbreak.Outsider here who was really looking forward to riding heartbreak ridge in a few weeks.
I looked at MTB project, and it's not obvious to me how one gets to the Toll road from Montreat. Is it simply go to the end of that road that shows as dead ending at Flat Creek near some switchbacks in the toll road and keep going?
I understand that you are upset with Ridgecrest for exercising their right to keeping their property private, but insulting a group of people for having different religious ideologies than you is immature and unproductive. If Baptists don't want alcohol on their property, then visitors should respect that. Obviously, they didn't, and we lost access. Don't get mad at the Baptists for keeping their beliefs. Get mad at the irresponsible and disrespectful people that forced their hand.It's an old joke, but a goodie -
Jews don't recognize Jesus as the son of God, Protestants don't recognize the Pope, and Baptists don't recognize each other in the liquor store.