20.5 miles
Distance
2,760 ft
Climb
-2,759 ft
Descent
1,958 ft
High Point

A fun route including the best trails around Ballater south of the river.

Detailed Description
Ballater South is a 21 mile popular red route located near Ballater. This e-bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 2,760 ft with a max elevation of 1,958 ft then descends -2,759 ft.
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Aberdeenshire Trail Association (www.aberdeenshiretrail.org)
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Route Sections

1 Green Mile
  • 1 mile distance
  • 22 ft climb
  • -415 ft descent
2 Heartbreak Ridge
  • 2 miles distance
  • 25 ft climb
  • -723 ft descent

Trails in Route

Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Red
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    4
More Stats for Ballater South mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    3 hr 46 min
  • Altitude min
    659 ft
  • Altitude start
    659 ft
  • Altitude end
    663 ft
  • Grade max
    -45.7%
  • Grade min
    52%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)
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