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Heartbreak Ridge

 12 votes

Length

3.9 Miles 6.3 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

240' 73 m

Ascent

-2,130' -649 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

4,764' 1,452 m

High

2,742' 836 m

Low

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Minor Issues 95 days ago
Mostly Dry - Leaves! So many leaves. Watch for slide out. A little wet near th top, maybe a spring? History

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Paul Stahlschmidt

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Think endless downhill; Heartbreak is just that. Following a long ridge that begins high atop the Blue Ridge Escarpment, this trail plunges over 2000 ft. in four miles.

Expect a high speed experience with very fast straight sections. Heartbreak's tread is narrow, and often constricted even more by Laurel and Rhododendron encroaching into the corridor. Though it is not the most technical of trails in Pisgah, there is plenty of gnar, especially when descending at speed. Expect to encounter rocky sections with shallow drops, roots, and off-camber areas with steep slopes off the sides.

Getting to the top of Heartbreak is not an easy task. Most loops start at lower elevations near the towns of Old Fort, Black Mountain, or Montreat. Climbing Curtis Creek Rd. near Old Fort is one option. Curtis Creek has some fame of its own because it is an absolutely crushing climb.

Another option is to loop Heartbreak with the Old Mitchell Toll Road, (a trail) which originates on the property of Montreat Conference Center. If you choose the Curtis Creek route, you'll follow the Blue Ridge Parkway for approximately 5 miles. The trailhead comes up quickly on the left. Turn there, and head up the 200 ft. hike-a-bike to Glass Rock Knob, where the downhill starts immediately after that.

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Nov 15, 2017
Peter Sullivan
Aug 2, 2017
Whit Barnes
3.7mi
Apr 29, 2017
Scott McLerran
Apr 22, 2017
Dan J
Mar 28, 2017
Jeff Shields
Used shuttle, downhill back to town. Sick!!! 12mi
Nov 26, 2015
Fletcher Peacock
Apr 18, 2015
Paul Stahlschmidt
Oct 18, 2014
Shane Garan

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  4.7 from 12 votes

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Jeff Shields
Fayetteville, WV
Jeff Shields   Fayetteville, WV
Wow! Hero dirt most of the way down! Mar 30, 2017
The fast downhill felt like it never ended, it reminded me of riding in the west coast. Aug 17, 2017

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