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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
Flat Creek Loop might cross a creek, but it’s not really all that flat.
While granted this singletrack loop is much flatter and mellower than the nearby Stanley Gap trail, with 800 feet of climbing in roughly 5 miles it’s still a respectable, albeit short, mountain bike ride.
When added to Stanley Creek, though, it becomes certifiably epic! “This short loop contains an absolutely rocking technical descent when ridden counter clockwise!” according to GregRidesTrails.com.
"It is filled with rocks, more rocks, and baby heads on top of those.
There are several rocky creek crossings, and some rocky rollers to launch.” While Stanley Gap is generally considered the marquee mountain bike ride in the Aska Trail System, some riders actually prefer the more moderate character of Flat Creek.
"For me this trail was much more fun [than Stanley Gap] – more gradual doubletrack climbing and a fast scenic singletrack descent beside a stream thick with rhododendron,” writes Jeff Barber on Singletracks.com.
While you may be tempted to skip over Flat Creek in favor of other trails in the area, do yourself a favor and check this ride out.
It’s a true sleeper hit! Sources: http://www.gregridestrails.com/2010/04/flat-creek-loop-blue-ridge-georgia.html https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/weekend-mtb-ride-at-stanley-gap-blue-ridge-ga/