16.9 miles
Distance
1,843 ft
Climb
-1,839 ft
Descent
1,706 ft
High Point

A route including the best trails north of Ballater including the famous Roller Coaster.

Detailed Description
Ballater North is a 17 mile popular expert route located near Ballater. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 1,843 ft with a max elevation of 1,706 ft then descends -1,839 ft.
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5 Reviews & Comments

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Sophieeeeeee (Mar 14, 2022 at 13:03)
I set out to do this today (14th March 2022) but as soon as I got off the Deeside Way and into the forest I was hindered by a LOT of fallen trees. After clambering over endless trees, I ended up cutting the ride short and heading back via the road. The Landdrover Track ascent is impassible. Beautiful forests thought and I still had fun. Also appreciate all the hard work undertaken by rangers to get the trails cleared.
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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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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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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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Route Sections

1 Dnoc Dubh
2 Roller Coaster
3 Culsten Burn

Details

  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Ballater North mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    553 ft
  • Altitude start
    660 ft
  • Altitude end
    663 ft
  • Grade max
    -33%
  • Grade min
    42.7%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Cnoc Dudh & Rollercoaster, Cambus O May -...
Cnoc Dudh & Rollercoaster, Cambus O May - June 2021
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Culsten Burn - Ballater
Culsten Burn - Ballater
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Culsten Burn Trail
Nov 27, 2022 @ 3:51am
Nov 27, 2022
Wet and boggy at top. Running water most of the way down.
The Roller Coaster
Oct 12, 2022 @ 2:08pm
Oct 12, 2022
Small tree down across trail half way down, can ride around.
Forest Road
Aug 20, 2022 @ 6:04am
Aug 20, 2022
Trees still down but passable by going around... now well used so easy to go around
Cnoc Dubh Descent
Dec 18, 2021 @ 4:59am
Dec 18, 2021
Muddy start but running great for the rest.
Cnoc Dubh Ascent
Dec 18, 2021 @ 4:59am
Dec 18, 2021
Path has been cleared of fallen trees. Some muddy puddles.
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