14 miles
Distance
3,161 ft
Climb
-3,163 ft
Descent
1,300 ft
High Point

Tough but steady climb (push) up the old military road to the WHW split. From there you can ride the pipelines right up to the Blackwater Dam if you want or follow the track.
Ciaran trail is rideable in most parts, but very rough and resembles a stream bed !
Very tough climb up to the old pipeline from Ciaran Trail.
Descent from 2nd dam via fire road until gray mares tail this is also very tough. Bike needs to be carried in parts.

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Trails in Route

Riverside1,257 ft
Access Track5,125 ft
Ciaran Path3 miles
Track2,185 ft
Grey Mares Trail1 miles

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat, CX, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Kinlochleven, WHW, Ciaran Path, Grey Mares mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    43 ft
  • Altitude start
    45 ft
  • Altitude end
    44 ft
  • Grade
    -0.002%
  • Grade max
    -42.357%
  • Grade min
    42.493%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,328 ft
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      Trail transparency
      Cambu dh/fr track
      Cambu dh/fr track
      trail: Track
      0:52 | 121 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
      Aug 29, 2011
      love this wee track.
      open track at chipshop
      open track at chipshop
      trail: Track
      1:19 | 231 | comments: 0 | favs: 2
      Aug 24, 2011
      following bez down open track
      garden track so far
      garden track so far
      trail: Track
      0:21 | 81 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Aug 8, 2011
      me riding my short garden track

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Track
      Oct 29, 2018 @ 11:41am
      Oct 29, 2018
      Ciaran Path
      May 14, 2018 @ 4:44am
      May 14, 2018
      So, overall a pretty long, challenging tough but gorgeous ride through proper wild hills. Breaking it down: Uphill Access Track: The uphill leg from Kinlochleven to Loch Eilde Mor is all pretty straightforward hill track/fire road, that winds it's way up & up & up out of the village, but all rideable & not too loose. Gorgeous scenery. Pipeline Traverse: Although on paper the Pipeline Traverse pretty much just follows the contour, muscling the bike over the narrow, twisty rough hill track ended up being a pretty serious work-out. The trail was also pretty frequently seriously wet/boggy (15%), meaning hopping on & off the bike loads. Quite a few sections were easier to ride along the top of the giant pipeline than on the path.. The dam at the top is gorgeous and a great place for a swim. Ciaran Path Downhill: At almost 5 miles of continuous downhill, with perhaps 70-80% of that entire distance actually black graded, this trail is no joke. There's mile after mile of sketchy, steep, loose, bouldery decent (60-70%), a fair bit of bog thrown in for good measure, perhaps 10% steep exposed rock slabs, and perhaps 10% of actually flowy trail... Be warned, don't go anywhere near this if your thing is smooth, manicured flowy trail centre trails... However, if you like being right up in the hills, and relish a proper technical, physically challenging epic hill ride you're in for a treat!
      Grey Mares Trail
      Aug 19, 2017 @ 8:11am
      Aug 19, 2017
      Riverside
      Jul 10, 2017 @ 5:01am
      Jul 10, 2017
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