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I love mountain biking! Photos from today's ride by yours truly.
the bikes and riders: Mike B.:IF, Kris K.:Bianchi, Jody F.:Redline. and me: Waltworks
 

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OK, who's the guy in front that got off first? That looks totally rideable from here . . . :p
Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing.

Paulie
 

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Nice pics - Looks like fun! What trails are in the pics?
The photos were taken on Laurel Mountain and Pilot Rock trails. Our route for the day: Laurel->Pilot->1206->5018->Horse Cove->Squirrel Gap->Laurel Creek->5015.
 

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The photos were taken on Laurel Mountain and Pilot Rock trails. Our route for the day: Laurel->Pilot->1206->5018->Horse Cove->Squirrel Gap->Laurel Creek->5015.
I thought I recognized the off camber rock sections and the Pilot Rock overlook. It's about time I got back up there. Maybe this coming weekend?
 

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What the heck is up with the look on my face in that fourth shot?
Thanks for the pictures E, you know a ride kicks arse when you're still grinning from it at the desk Monday morning.
 

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I thought I recognized the off camber rock sections and the Pilot Rock overlook. It's about time I got back up there. Maybe this coming weekend?
IN :thumbsup:
 

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Good Times

Yeah, that was the best ride I've had in a long time. Tons of fun and some pretty skilled ride partners. It was cool cleaning the rock garden en masse.

Everything was perfect 'cept the horse damage.
 

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im trying to get my cresw to go to these trails in june for our annual trip. everyone is advanced and those trails look shweet!

how hard is it to navigate there? maps? or is it all unmarked for the good stuff? those trails are right up our alley. last year was state college PA and the year before was slatyfork WV.
 

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jomissa said:
im trying to get my cresw to go to these trails in june for our annual trip. everyone is advanced and those trails look shweet!

how hard is it to navigate there? maps? or is it all unmarked for the good stuff? those trails are right up our alley. last year was state college PA and the year before was slatyfork WV.
The trails are marked with very good signage. Definitely want to get one of these all of the local shops have 'em! recommend hitting the NC forum before you come down to see what's open and what's not. June all of the seasonal trails will be closed. But everything here in this post will be open.
 

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The trails are marked with very good signage. Definitely want to get one of these all of the local shops have 'em! recommend hitting the NC forum before you come down to see what's open and what's not. June all of the seasonal trails will be closed. But everything here in this post will be open.
I am not sure that I would call it "very good" signage. That map is a definite must-have, but even with it, these plenty of opportunities to mess up.

Some of you guys can prolly ride out there with your eyes closed, but a first timer in the area should be a little cautious.

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I am not sure that I would call it "very good" signage. That map is a definite must-have, but even with it, these plenty of opportunities to mess up.

Some of you guys can prolly ride out there with your eyes closed, but a first timer in the area should be a little cautious.

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A little cautious????? Yeah, I'd say so. Even with knowing the area well enough... We were still on the trail for an hour longer than expected. If we had made a wrong turn anywhere... well... there's a reason I always carry a light.... and a water filter.... and a rainjacket... and a map... and extra food... and...
 

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that lost huh?

we made it through slatyfork with a map and its pretty similar looking to pisgah....but i dont doubt the possibility of being way off track.

what do you mean by saesonal trails being closed? will that inhibit 2 solid days of riding and an initial warm up day on great trails?

also- is there a site you can reccomend that has cabins for rent? not rustic necassarially...
 

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jomissa said:
we made it through slatyfork with a map and its pretty similar looking to pisgah....but i dont doubt the possibility of being way off track.

what do you mean by saesonal trails being closed? will that inhibit 2 solid days of riding and an initial warm up day on great trails?

also- is there a site you can reccomend that has cabins for rent? not rustic necassarially...
seasonal trails are opened Oct 15th to April 15th these trails normally get a lot of foot traffic during the spring/summer/fall so to ease the user conflicts they're off limits to bike during that time. No worries, there are plenty that are open year-round...

Cabins i know there are a bunch in the area, ( I always camp) but offhand don't know any of the urls Liberty bikes in Asheville has a house you can rent, and it's right at Bent Creek, but thats on the outer edge of Pisgah

for a good site with plenty of local trail info go HERE i think he has some cabins listed.

cabin info
http://www.backcountryoutdoors.com/Lodging.html

not into roughing it? go here Red House Inn
( Nice folks, and Daniel's a Mtn Biker)
 

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there's a reason I always carry a light.... and a water filter.... and a rainjacket... and a map... and extra food... and...
Damn... I guess by those standards, I'm completely wreckless... :skep: :thumbsup:

Do you really always ride with a water filter?
 

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jomissa said:
we made it through slatyfork with a map and its pretty similar looking to pisgah....but i dont doubt the possibility of being way off track.

what do you mean by saesonal trails being closed? will that inhibit 2 solid days of riding and an initial warm up day on great trails?

also- is there a site you can reccomend that has cabins for rent? not rustic necassarially...
Not lost at all- just minor mechanicals, need to shed layers because warm, stopping to talk and eat and sit in the sun, plus one "unscheduled dismount"- for those who understand, STP came one wheel rotation from cleaning the Cantrell Creek crossing on Squirrel, very nice.

Within an hour drive of where these trails are, there are, easily, over 200-300 miles of trails and interconnecting forest roads that aren't "Seasonal." I think you might not have any problems filling a few days...
 

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Damn... I guess by those standards, I'm completely wreckless... :skep: :thumbsup:

Do you really always ride with a water filter?
Actually, Yes. I'm what one would call a 'sweater'. If I'm bashful about drinking water I'll be S.O.L. after three hours or so. I like to make sure others know I'm carrying it, too. That way no-one else will be bashful about drinking their water either. Anyway, who wants to carry the weight of all the water you need for a 6+ hour ride?

Yes, there is a 29er specific water filter out there :) :
 

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Sidebar...Couple questions on the water filter...

Never used a water filter before - can you just get water out of any stream and expect the filter to make it drinkable? How does it taste after filtering? How much drinking water water can you filter with that thing?
 
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