35.0 miles
Distance
5,263 ft
Climb
-5,279 ft
Descent
1,978 ft
High Point

Decent loop around Ballater show casing some of the high lights of the area

This route is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

Detailed Description
Ballater highlights is a 35 mile moderately popular black unsanctioned route located near Ballater. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 5,263 ft with a max elevation of 1,978 ft then descends -5,279 ft.

31 Reviews & Comments

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thelechtrocking (Mar 25, 2022 at 22:55)
Great conditions. Running well. ATA done some great work there thanks.
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Boforus24 (Mar 25, 2022 at 4:04)
Nice and dry. Trail association has even in and done some maintenance. One tree down as you enter the section in the forest.
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jovooght (Feb 20, 2022 at 2:00)
Trail Uphill Slog
Steepest Hill I've ever ridden up on an e-bike!
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RichardPettigrew (Sep 13, 2021 at 16:15)
Done this for the first time, not having had a lot of experience on black trails. Consclusion: challenging, exhillerating, amd definetly worth it, even if you have to get off and ealk some sections due to lac of confidence in either yourself or your bike!
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RikMid (Aug 31, 2021 at 12:13)
Trail Mastermind
Edit, the path cuts up to the uphill slog not the pass of Ballater
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RikMid (Aug 29, 2021 at 14:10)
Trail Mastermind
Ignore the route to Mastermind from the car park and follow the path after the Health Centre that cuts up to the Pass of Ballater
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ColinAaO4An (Jul 18, 2021 at 6:32)
Why have I. It tried this one before. An excellent trail.
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busdriver20 (Jul 15, 2021 at 15:10)
Absolutely outstanding and bone dry at the moment-will be back
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moorbahtat (Jul 15, 2021 at 6:05)
Bone dry. Some great maintenance carried out from cairn to steep. Thank you . Makes the best decent even better.
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briansolar1 (Jun 4, 2021 at 3:51)
Perfect conditions
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TreeBeak (May 15, 2021 at 9:21)
Very straight almost fire road descent that really is blue not red. Fast though Smile
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TreeBeak (May 15, 2021 at 9:17)
Trail Mastermind
Running really well despite the gash weather. Top half is very wet but rideable. Mostly well drained with silly amounts of grip middle to bottom. Superb trail.
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KevEd (Apr 24, 2021 at 16:37)
Trail Mastermind
Dry throughout
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KevEd (Apr 24, 2021 at 16:36)
Dry throughout.
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karldaly (Nov 15, 2020 at 13:23)
Super muddy with large deep puddles. Probably best avoided as the flat and kicker sections are a slog.
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jake2018 (Oct 18, 2020 at 15:30)
Trail Mastermind
The ATA have nothing to do with this trail
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Mo0eroLq (Sep 25, 2020 at 14:51)
Life changing stuff.
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IanDunk50 (Aug 22, 2020 at 4:28)
Windy and wild up there this morning sogginess in parts but still epic , if you’re worried about getting dirty and damp it’s not for you today ????????
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lennoxrider (Aug 10, 2020 at 12:14)
Running absolutely mint
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CamRivers (Jul 18, 2020 at 3:12)
Dry. Running perfect. My new favourite trail. Superb!
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Scottemtb (Jul 2, 2020 at 15:59)
Pretty much a fire road but spiced up. Extremely fast and good fun would recommend.
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IanDunk50 (Oct 25, 2019 at 11:05)
Bit soggy in bits parts also being eroded by use and need to pick some different lines could do with a bit of tlc , but in general a decent run considering
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jaseh007 (Jun 22, 2019 at 13:37)
Trail Mastermind
Brilliant trail, tight corners lots of flow. Mostly dry today
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eMTBsrfun (Jun 10, 2019 at 11:11)
Filthy!
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Jblac410 (Jun 6, 2019 at 0:58)
Stay right when you get to the start of the actual downhill trail, through the opening in the stone/wire fence. Left along the fence/wall will take you on a foot path to a dead end hell.
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FinnW2007 (Nov 3, 2018 at 2:00)
This trail is rated a red no way it's to easy.????This is about the same difficulty as the Blue Adder and Voodoo at Fort William and they are blues.
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gav-s TRAILFORKS (Nov 4, 2018 at 4:22)
it should be rated black as per FES specifications. Green, blue and red ratings are reserved for MTB only trails.
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700pirate (Aug 11, 2018 at 6:16)
Trail Mastermind
Rained yesterday. Still mostly dry. Great skills builder...
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lewisbuchan17 (Jun 18, 2018 at 15:42)
Trail Mastermind
Bone dry
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garytodd (May 29, 2018 at 6:29)
Dry as a bone
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felasmor (May 8, 2018 at 8:13)
Bone dry
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Ballater highlights mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -15 ft
  • Altitude min
    532 ft
  • Altitude start
    663 ft
  • Altitude end
    646 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -89.6%
  • Grade min
    57.1%
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
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