February 20, 2017
Fun trail, I've only accessed it as an out and back after riding Kitsuma. As in ride/walk the singletrack all the way to the top then come back down. The singletrack climb is a soul crusher, feels endless at times. The downhill you are rewarded with is loooong.
The toughest section is at the top with a narrow trail corridor a few very tight trees you will struggle to get through with modern width handlebars. There are also some off camber root clusters you have to be prepared to slip on. All old school, rough n tough singletrack and it's almost always wet.
After the narrow bits, the trail opens up some and you can pick up a lot of speed. Be prepared for a few 90 degree corners after the fast sections. Plenty more rocks and root clusters here as well.
After a few minutes you will hit a steep, punchy climb. You'll have to downshift quickly if you want to clean it. After that, there's one more section of downhill that marks the end of "upper" heartbreak.
A 5-8 minute climb will take you to lower heartbreak which generally has a little more flow but still pretty techy. The main challenge here is steep 180degree switchbacks. There are at least half a dozen of these and some are very hard to do clean. The last straightaway is steep and rough with a nice little rooty/rocky section with a drop at the end to cap it off. The drop is no big deal at less than 2ft but you will have to pay attention to your line to do it safely.
If isn't the most steep or technical downhill in Pisgah but it is certainly one of the longest and it takes some skill and stamina to descend it quickly.
Be sure to check out Kitsuma and Star Gap if you want to make it an epic day!