Heartbreak Ridge

4.60 out of 5
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About this trail
Begins with a hike-a-bike for about 200 yards and then drops straight down the south side of the mountain. Greasy roots and rocks everywhere. Very, very steep.
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (5)


November 10, 2018
kamoteus Singletrack  
Review: Parked @ the junction of Jarett Creek and Curtis Creek Trails. Shuttled all the way up from Curtis Creek Rd to Blue Ridge Parkway about 15 miles and then parked @ the Overlook near Mt. Mitchell Entrance. Hit the Blue Ridge Parkway going to the trailhead about 3.5 miles and pretty much hike a bike from the singletracks of Heartbreak Ridge to the summit about half a mile and then the unending downhill started all the way to the bottom of Star Gap before hitting Jarett Creek's 4 miles of doubletracks gravel grinding. Last 4 miles from Jarett Creek is another fast downhill to the junction. Total miles on this ride is about 19 miles. #awesometrails

Similar Trail: kitsuma


June 26, 2018
Review: Rode up from Old Fort Picnic Area to the top and then back down before riding Kitsuma. Climb took me forever, but I took a lot of breaks to soak in the scenery, take some pictures, and try to save some energy for the descent. Some of the longest fast descents I've ever ridden. This ride is epic, but not for the faint of heart or novice riders. It wound up being about 18 miles up and back down and 3500 feet of climbing.

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February 20, 2017
Rusnew904 Granny Gear  
Review: 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!

Similar Trail: Star Gap


January 29, 2017
nickc Gramcounter  
Review: This descent is awesome! and well worth it if you pedal there via the Old toll Rd. I have to say that it wasn't as steep as I expected considering some of the descriptions and reviews of the trail. In fact there are a few good sections that if you know the trail you could really open it up and get some speed going. There are definitely steeper rides in Pisgah. Beware that this ride does require a SOLID amount of pedaling to ride. Does have some great views too!


July 29, 2015
Review: Hold on to your butts, cause this is a ROWDY descent. Begins with a steep hike-a-bike for about 200 yards immediately after turning off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Once you top out, it drops you over 2,500 feet in about 4 miles. The top of it is the most technical with tons of roots and rocks that are most likely going to be wet. Steep, steep, steep.

Heartbreak Ridge MTB Trail 4.60 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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Feature Article
Race Report: 2015 Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell (ORAMM)
Ride Report: Old Toll Road to Heartbreak Ridge, Montreat, North Carolina