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Heartbreak Ridge

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Map Key

3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Singletrack

4,764' 1,452 m

High

2,742' 836 m

Low

240' 73 m

Up

2,130' 649 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

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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Paul Stahlschmidt

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  4.7 from 24 votes

#2

in Montreat

#264

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  4.7 from 24 votes
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#2

in Montreat

#264

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Photos

Riding Star Pass and Heartbreak Ridge.
Nov 7, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Rock drop on Upper Heartbreak. Easier than it may appear at first glace.
Jul 4, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Coming down Star Gap on the west side of Heartbreak Ridge.
May 5, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Campers at the top of the Toll Road just before you dive down Heatbreak
Aug 17, 2014 near Black M…, NC

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Mar 21, 2020
Martin Watkins
Sick!
Oct 17, 2019
tubb nation
Shuttled HB from BRP, and finished with Star Gap. Killer day. Leaves on trails. Not too bad. Still super fast. 5.8mi
May 5, 2019
Connor Woodruff
Apr 27, 2019
Dunc Dunc
Mar 17, 2019
Joel Mathewson
3.9mi
Feb 24, 2019
Chris Dreps
Started 10 am
Oct 30, 2018
Mitch Tucker
Super fast, lots of leafs down making it difficult to see roots and rocks. Some sections had trees down. 4mi
Jul 6, 2018
Taylor Bradley
3.9mi