2,611 ft
Distance
3 ft
Climb
-277 ft
Descent
00:04:04
Avg time

Cnoc Dubh Descent Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #3940 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

After the climb up to the top of Cnoc Dubh (330+ metres at the summit) you are treated to stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the Dee valley. From this granite-topped vista you can head back down the hill towards Ballater whenre you can pick up the Cnoc Dubh descent track. A fast and technical descent with hidden dangers in the form of rocks and "bombholes' to keep an eye out for.

You can take this trail down as far as the "Anthill climb" to access the "Roller Coaster" or alternatively (if you are eagle-eyed) you can take a turn off to the left about two thirds of the way down skipping out a small section of climbing and rejoining you with the access path to the roller coaster descent.

Cnoc Dubh is a fantastic ride for the more adventurous rider seeking an adrenaline rush when mountain biking in Deeside. Its close vicinity to a lot of other cracking trails means it can be a small section of an epic day's riding or an ideal location to practice reading rough terrain at speed.

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More Stats for Cnoc Dubh Descent mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -275 ft
  • Altitude min
    797 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,074 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,074 ft
  • Altitude end
    800 ft
  • Grade
    -10.522%
  • Grade max
    -16.319%
  • Grade min
    3.009%
  • Distance climb
    69 ft
  • Distance down
    2,387 ft
  • Distance flat
    155 ft
  • Avg time
    00:04:04
  • Avg reverse time
    00:12:10
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on Jul 23, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Icy
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  • Ideal
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Cnoc Dubh Descent Trail Reports

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      Jul 23, 2020 @ 2:26pm
      Jul 23, 2020
      Good condition, though towards the end, logging tracks cross the path
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 2:04am
      Jul 25, 2019
      Feb 26, 2019 @ 8:45am
      Feb 26, 2019
      Recent felling work has not adversely affected the trails. A couple of minor troughs from forwarder but still great riding.
      Dec 23, 2018 @ 5:19am
      Dec 23, 2018
      Nov 10, 2018 @ 3:20am
      Nov 10, 2018
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      • 12 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      Cnoc Dubh Descent
      760 | Jan 4, 2017 , Ballater
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