2.5 miles
Distance
18 ft
Climb
-1,144 ft
Descent
00:26:47
Avg time

Heartbreak Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Pannanich
    Ballater
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #4589 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #881 in E-Biking
    • #39260 in Trail Running
    • #76807 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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Heartbreak Ridge is a highly rated 4 km popular black singletrack scenic trail located near Ballater. This hike primary trail can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating with a 6 m blue climb. On average it takes 26 minutes to complete this trail.

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More Stats for Heartbreak Ridge hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,126 ft
  • Altitude min
    815 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,941 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,941 ft
  • Altitude end
    817 ft
  • Grade
    -8.6%
  • Grade max
    -76.1%
  • Grade min
    4.5%
  • Distance climb
    827 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    299 ft
  • Avg time
    00:26:47
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Status:
on Jul 31, 2022
Very Dry
Avg: 4.6 (34 votes)
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  • Very Dry
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      Heartbreak Ridge Trail Reports

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      Jul 31, 2022 @ 2:27am
      Jul 31, 2022
      Jul 22, 2022 @ 11:43am
      Jul 22, 2022
      Loose and fast
      Jul 16, 2022 @ 2:11am
      Jul 16, 2022
      Jul 13, 2022 @ 2:07am
      Jul 13, 2022
      Very dry but running well
      Jul 10, 2022 @ 3:43am
      Jul 10, 2022
      Dry as a bone and in fantastic condition. Seemed rude not to do it twice… but I don’t think my body will agree tomorrow
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 14 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 322 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,308 rides
      • Last: Aug 10, 2022

      Photos

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      Sep 11, 2021 @ 9:18am
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      Sep 11, 2021 @ 9:18am
      Sep 11, 2021
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      Jul 18, 2021 @ 6:34am
      Jul 18, 2021
      549 |
      Jun 24, 2017 @ 1:02am
      Jun 24, 2017

      Routes with this trail

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      Ballater South21 miles
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      18 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      thelechtrocking (Mar 25, 2022 at 22:55)
      Great conditions. Running well. ATA done some great work there thanks.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      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!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      ColinAaO4An (Jul 18, 2021 at 6:32)
      Why have I. It tried this one before. An excellent trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      busdriver20 (Jul 15, 2021 at 15:10)
      Absolutely outstanding and bone dry at the moment-will be back
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      briansolar1 (Jun 4, 2021 at 3:51)
      Perfect conditions
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      KevEd (Apr 24, 2021 at 16:36)
      Dry throughout.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Mo0eroLq (Sep 25, 2020 at 14:51)
      Life changing stuff.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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 ????????
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      lennoxrider (Aug 10, 2020 at 12:14)
      Running absolutely mint
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      CamRivers (Jul 18, 2020 at 3:12)
      Dry. Running perfect. My new favourite trail. Superb!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      eMTBsrfun (Jun 10, 2019 at 11:11)
      Filthy!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      garytodd (May 29, 2018 at 6:29)
      Dry as a bone
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      felasmor (May 8, 2018 at 8:13)
      Bone dry
      [Reply]





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