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A big fuggin' ride. Another way to do Heartbreak since the Ridgecrest closure.


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Map Key

47.3

Miles

76.1

KM

40%

Singletrack

4,796' 1,462 m

High

1,494' 455 m

Low

7,123' 2,171 m

Up

7,131' 2,174 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

A royal flush of western North Carolina riding. Gravel, BRP pavement, fire roads, singletrack, and hike a bike. Technical descents, technical and sustained climbs, and world class scenic pavement.

(Cue Yoda voice) Switchback game strong must be!

Need to Know

Restroom and water at Curtis Creek.

Description

Well, it's a big fuggin' ride. Start with the switchies on Kitsuma Trail. Connect to Star Gap using Graphite Rd. More switchies on Star Gap to lower Heartbreak Ridge. Heartbreak Ridge to Jarrett Creek Road - FSR 4030. Enjoy the rolling cruise of Jarrett Creek Road - FSR 4030. Begin a 10 mile plus climb. There's water at the CC campground during open seasons.

Left on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sure, it's pavement but man is it pretty! Look for Heartbreak Ridge on the left—it's signed but is basically a hole in the rhodo. Survive the Heartbreak Ridge descent. Right on Star Gap at the junction. Graphite Road to Point Lookout. Chocolate milk time!

If you're bat-guano crazy and wanted a 10K climbing day, continue on BRP and climb and out-and-back to the top of Mt. Mitchell.

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J. Matt

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Flow riding with Singletrailer.
Oct 28, 2015 near Black M…, NC
Riding Star Pass and Heartbreak Ridge.
Nov 7, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Jerdon Mountain Challenge | Fat Bikes
Oct 2, 2020 near Black M…, NC
On the way back to the trailhead.
Aug 7, 2016 near Black M…, NC
Rock drop on Upper Heartbreak. Easier than it may appear at first glace.
Jul 4, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Sunset view of mountains, trees and church near lower trailhead and parking spot
Dec 27, 2019 near Black M…, NC

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Jul 19, 2020
Ronald Münch
Jun 13, 2020
J. Matt
Great day out. No water at Kitsuma picnic area but water at Curtis Creek. — 5h 00m
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