Park Update: Bailey Mountain Bike Park

Jul 20, 2015 at 21:21
by Steve Barker  

Here's a quick look at Bailey Mountain Bike Park from 2 weekends of shuttle runs.

After a soft opening in June shuttles began running at Bailey Mountain Bike Park.

After a soft opening last month, the shuttles have begun to run at Bailey Mountain Bike Park.


The park is currently open weekends only while they continue to test and build trails.

The park is currently open weekends only as they continue to test trails and machine on the 4000' peak.


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They also continue to take input from the riders. What did they like? What needs to be worked on?


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And, most importantly, are they having fun?


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Each day they allow just over 20 riders on the course.


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The park currently has 6 trails open.


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Currently Mr. Hyde seems to be the favorite.


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The park has a vertical drop of about 1000' from the drop off at the top to the bottom.


Guy Miller operates the shuttle on Bailey Mountain Bike Park.

Guy Miller operates the shuttle on Bailey Mountain Bike Park.


Matt Woodley over the first gap on the Skywalker trail.

Matt Woodley over the first gap on the Skywalker trail.


Dropping into Mr. Hyde.

Dropping in on Mr. Hyde.


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Justin Mitchell (pictured) has made one of the first videos coming out of Bailey Mountain Bike Park.


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In the near future, Bailey Mountain Bike Park is will be adding more trails, shuttles, midweek jams and more.


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Down the road, the park will be developing into developing the 140 acres for camping and cabins, home sales and rentals.


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Welcome to the Jungle.


Michael Kane in the berm.

Currently the shuttle runs about every 10 to 15 minutes. Rider - Michael Kane.


Unknown rider on the Mr. Hyde trail.

Canopy openings show miles of countryside.


Get your tickets and plan your ride by visiting the Park's website. More images from the first weekend of Shuttle Runs at can be found here.

Follow us on Facebook here. Photo and story by Icon Media of Asheville. Video by Justin Mitchell.





35 Comments

  • 3 0
 Beech MTN is not that bad Preach Smile Rocks drain much better than flow. Were very lucky to have both close by.
I will support both as much as possible. Wishing Bailey the best and think its cool that trails will be in the forest and not crossing ski slopes out in the open.
  • 1 0
 ;-) love you sir.
  • 5 0
 This one will be the place to visit, especially after a few months of development.
  • 6 1
 Hopefully this will not only be majorly successful but also will force beech to up their piddly game
  • 4 3
 Extremely insulting to all the people who have been working their asses off for 5+ years now to make Beech happen. Be grateful for what exists, not long ago there were no options.
  • 3 2
 Everyone at Beech is constantly upping their game in every way possible. There are more trails in the works and a ton of lift/winter improvements currently happening.
  • 4 1
 No offense bro, but I went opening day. If they had done off season work I sure as heck couldn't tell. Don't get offended by my comment as far as the trail workers go... It's the ownership who won't sink the needed $$ and assets. Case in point they have basically 3 trails. Bailey opened with SIX.
  • 7 1
 @preach I love both places and have to correct your exaggerations.
1. Beech crew went down the length of the trails and cleaned up ruts, grooves drainage on all lead ins, particularly the Am trail grass start. There was a monster rut down all open slope sections of trails and they roughed in all of them and cleared the rut flush.

Pro top section, they cleaned up the off camber after the ditch jump and above the rebuilt the right hand berm.

They built a massive catch berm after the final table top, smoothed out the lander after the final rock slab too. There is still plenty of work that place can do, but they are a family owned business, not corporate funded.

Now, that being said Bailey has put Patrick to work 6 to 7 days a week and he has carved a great flow trail with variations down a private mountain and built a quality expert DH natural trail that joins it near the bottom. Had Beech committed to a trail like Skywalker/Mr. Hyde 5 years ago, we wouldn't even have needed Bailey, and that I do have to fault them for, but again...they are a 4 season resort with greater responsibilities and so very much to do year round.

2. I understand there are variations at Bailey, but its somewhat misleading to say SIX trails. There are 2 main lines, Skywalker to Mr. Hyde to Jumanji is ONE. Veering onto the alternate midpoint (Dr. Jekkyl) is a short divert of a "green" segment, not a full trail.
Welcome to the Jungle to Jumanji is trail TWO and the true DH track.

I think folks need to know its a ridiculous amount of fun and don't overstate things like the # of trails. 6 variations on 2 trails is a more honest portrayal.

People are slaving and putting time and money into DH in WNC and it is flipping awesome folks...just awesome!
  • 2 1
 That's a fair and balanced statement my brother
  • 3 0
 I think Beech has done a really good job this season. I noticed the improvements on opening day immediately, namely the much needed berm after the table. The only thing that kinda frustrates me at Beech though is ongoing repairs throughout the season. I've been twice this season when the last table was super sketchy to hit because of the massive water flow right in front of the lip. Maybe it's just me, but that really puts a bummer on the rest of the line after the hip jump. Instead of ripping through the rest of the line, you kinda know you have to take it easy there. As a paying customer, I'd like to see more attention devoted to fixing things like that in a more timely manner. Also that flat turn after the hip is sketchy. Maybe pro riders don't have a problem there, but what percentage of customers are pros? I'd love to see a berm there, and so would all the people I ride with. Having bitched now, I do seriously enjoy Beech and I'm glad to have options in WNC.
  • 2 0
 Agreed my bro. The general upkeep has been "hit or miss" at best. I'm no Johnny come lately... I have been riding there for 4 years. And what first was excitement about what was being done has faded into the reality that "what is being done" is building Mtn top decks to have yoga on.
  • 3 1
 It's healthy to note that we each have different things we'd like to see updated, changed or maintained on the mountain.

My biggest beef is with the pro rock garden. It's the longest sustained section of lines and trail features on the mountain, but it's not been maintained since it's inception. I personally tried to stack up some rocks on the entry of the left line to make a clean line into it because there isn't anymore. The exit of the left line, the big log has moved out away from the take off. The middle with all the rocks, all dirt and small rocks have migrated out and it's just a bunch of bomb holes.

it just needs to be re-armoured and it would be great again. I used to love to freight train down that thing. Rode it in the bone dry two weeks ago and couldn't clean it. Yeah, I suck sometimes, but that wasn't the major factor.

My problem is I love DH more than any other sport on earth. I obsess about it. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Might be a dumb question, but are they limiting the rider cap to 20 because of shuttling? Hopefully that will change when they get lifts put in.

Coot
  • 4 0
 Still under soft opening.
  • 2 0
 Yes....the current shuttle is being evaluated. If it works as well as they like they plan on adding another and bumping up ticket sales.
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the replies, looking forward to checking you guys out when you get the shuttling set up. Looks like a blast! Coot
  • 2 0
 The little kid in the 2nd picture... so rad
  • 4 0
 That's my son (7y/o). He's not quite a shredder yet but he's getting there!
  • 1 0
 Dang it! I thought this was in Bailey, Colorado (only 1 hour away from me). Frown
  • 1 0
 I live like 15-20 mins from it. Haha suckers!!! Juuuust kidding Smile Hope you get a reason to visit our beautiful place now.
  • 3 2
 So is it all flow trails!? Wheres the gnarly rock gardens?
  • 5 0
 Rock Gardens still under development.
  • 2 0
 There's a DH trail too.
  • 2 1
 The 828 just got radified. Can't wait to check it out.
  • 1 0
 mmmm right hand hip @ 1:02... that looks tasty.
  • 1 0
 Cant wait to get over there myself!
  • 1 0
 Nice bikes
  • 1 0
 Same here, didn't post this...
  • 1 1
 parece a minha primeira mtb, caloi aluminum.
  • 2 0
 I didn't post this either.. Something's up with the comments
  • 1 4
 I am not buying a bike based on etched bolts. Just saying.
  • 2 0
 What is this, I did not post this.
  • 2 5
 no rocks... no bueno
  • 2 3
 Dude, go to beech Mtn down the road... It's only rock Gardens there and it sucks
  • 2 0
 There might not currently be any rocky blacks but I've talked to the people that run it and they assured me there will be later on.





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