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Heartbreak Ridge

 4.6 (16)

3.9 Miles 6.3 Kilometers


240' 73 m


-2,130' -649 m



Avg Grade (7°)


Max Grade (13°)

4,764' 1,452 m


2,742' 836 m


Shared By Paul Stahlschmidt


Minor Issues 14 days ago
Mostly Dry, Fallen Trees: few trees down, lots of leafs making it difficult to see roots and rocks. 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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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
Apr 28, 2018
Clif Jones
Nov 15, 2017
Peter Sullivan
Aug 2, 2017
Whit Barnes
Apr 29, 2017
Scott McLerran
Apr 22, 2017
Dan J
Mar 28, 2017
Jeff Shields
Used shuttle, downhill back to town. Sick!!! 12mi

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  4.6 from 16 votes


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  4.6 from 16 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
Great reward after a day of climbing. Few places there were downed trees but easy to climb over. Some had ramps built of rocks but, above my skills. would love to ride again but not via the toll road. Nov 1, 2018

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