Page Index Toggle Pages: 1 Print
Normal Topic Beech Mountain - Emerald Outback - Meh? (Read 324 times)
Robert C.
Big Ring
*****
Offline


Leaves are the ultimate
trail maintenance tool

Posts: 1731
Location: Available upon request
Joined: 11/22/04
Beech Mountain - Emerald Outback - Meh?
08/02/21 at 7:19am
Print Post  
Rode the Emerald Outback trails (not Beech downhill) and found a serious lack of flow, likely will not go back given all the other choices in NC.  Great scenery though, and certainly lower temps / humidity.

Thoughts if you've been?
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Vudu
Small Cog
***
Offline


Speed is the great equalizer

Posts: 410
Location: University Area
Joined: 01/19/11
Re: Beech Mountain - Emerald Outback - Meh?
Reply #1 - 08/02/21 at 7:55am
Print Post  
When did you ride? Was up there yesterday in hopes of some DH but nothing but rain the whole time. Thought about hitting the Emerald trails but grabbed some lunch & a brew instead. Guess I didnít miss too much.
« Last Edit: 08/02/21 at 7:56am by Vudu »  

Remedy 9.9 carbon
Rail 9.8 carbon
FX 7.0 steel
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Robert C.
Big Ring
*****
Offline


Leaves are the ultimate
trail maintenance tool

Posts: 1731
Location: Available upon request
Joined: 11/22/04
Re: Beech Mountain - Emerald Outback - Meh?
Reply #2 - 08/02/21 at 8:32am
Print Post  
Friday.  Rocky Knob is the better value IMO
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TrillWill
IB Room
In The Loop
Project Board
Offline


THTB Board member 16'-20'
LKN TC

Posts: 992
Location: Cornelius
Joined: 06/14/11
Re: Beech Mountain - Emerald Outback - Meh?
Reply #3 - 08/02/21 at 11:28am
Print Post  
The Emerald Outback trails are some of my favorites in the state.† The high elevation, cool temps, and unique topography really bring out the mountain in mountain biking.

With that said it is not intuitive at all to put together a great route there.† I've been riding those trails since they came back to life in 2009 and they have changed and expanded in major ways numerous times since they were re opened.† The trail maps aren't very good and I don't know of any real good resources that outline the best routes there.† 


There is great riding there with a mix of big rock features, smooth jumps, and rooty texture if you know where to go and how to link it up.† There is a cool descent called the west bowl that I typically end my rides up there with that dumps you out below the resort with a 15-20 minute pedal back to the resort.

A couple of quick notes:
  • Ride the whistle pig trail that starts at the bikepark and goes down the oz slope to start an outback ride if you're already at the bike park.  Turn right at the bottom and pedal up Oz rd to either get back to the resort or enter the Emerald Outback trails at multiple location
† 
  • Oz forest run has a really fun downhill with unique "turtle rock" types features to roll on and over

  • Witches Backbone and Witches Tail is a really fun DH that has multiple jump lines within.  Witches Tail is the best of the jumps and can be looped using a gravel road

  • Southern Ridge is a slog in either direction, lol

« Last Edit: 08/02/21 at 11:49am by TrillWill »  

Ride boards, ride bikes, ride life #shredeverything
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Robert C.
Big Ring
*****
Offline


Leaves are the ultimate
trail maintenance tool

Posts: 1731
Location: Available upon request
Joined: 11/22/04
Re: Beech Mountain - Emerald Outback - Meh?
Reply #4 - 08/02/21 at 1:32pm
Print Post  
TrillWill wrote on 08/02/21 at 11:28am:
The Emerald Outback trails are some of my favorites in the state.† The high elevation, cool temps, and unique topography really bring out the mountain in mountain biking.

With that said it is not intuitive at all to put together a great route there.† I've been riding those trails since they came back to life in 2009 and they have changed and expanded in major ways numerous times since they were re opened.† The trail maps aren't very good and I don't know of any real good resources that outline the best routes there.† 


  • Southern Ridge is a slog in either direction, lol



Yeah, this.  You nailed it.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TrillWill
IB Room
In The Loop
Project Board
Offline


THTB Board member 16'-20'
LKN TC

Posts: 992
Location: Cornelius
Joined: 06/14/11
Re: Beech Mountain - Emerald Outback - Meh?
Reply #5 - 08/03/21 at 4:15pm
Print Post  
Not sure if the video is any good but just saw it posted.  Oz Forest Run is a really fun piece of the Emerald Outback. 

(You need to Login or Register to view media files and links)
  

Ride boards, ride bikes, ride life #shredeverything
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Vudu
Small Cog
***
Offline


Speed is the great equalizer

Posts: 410
Location: University Area
Joined: 01/19/11
Re: Beech Mountain - Emerald Outback - Meh?
Reply #6 - 08/04/21 at 7:51am
Print Post  
I watched the video from the link & several others of EOB trails I found on YouTube - looks like some decent runs to be had. Just don't know where they dump you out at or which options to take when there's a fork in the trail. Or even where you park if you wanna do some shuttle runs since it seems kind of a waste to buy a lift ticket to access those specific trails. But what do I know Roll Eyes
  

Remedy 9.9 carbon
Rail 9.8 carbon
FX 7.0 steel
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Page Index Toggle Pages: 1
Print