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Hey can anyone give me directions to the heart break ridge ride ive heard only good things about it but i dont know how to get there.
 

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http://www.mtngoatepics.com/longheartbreakridge.htm

the link above is from Jeremy's site. You can find the trail with these directions; however, this is definately what I would call an epic ride if you do the whole thing. Plan accordingly!!!

There is one other way to ride Hearbreak (without a shuttle) climbing up from Montreat that cuts the distance down somewhat. Hopefully someone else can post directions.
 

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There's also a new map with most of these trails, Trails Illustrated Linville Gorge / Mount Mitchell, that you should definitely buy if doing this ride w/o a local guide.
This ride is serious business. I did it last night after work ending in the dark, so it's fresh in the mind. You need decent backcountry and riding skills. If you make a wrong turn, you can end up 2 miles and 2,000 feet in elevation off course before you realize it. If you do not know how to read a map with confidence plus have good fitness and skills, do not try to do this. And, as is, plan on 6 hours- it may take more, may take less, but 6 hours is a good plan. 4 hours is a good time for fast locals not racing.
Personally, I don't recommend this for an out-of-towner ride w/o a guide.
On another thread, you asked about fish hatchery riding- it doesn't suck, that was tongue-in-cheek, I'm guessing, but at this time of the year, there's a lot of people/summer camps plus a key linkage trail (Cat Gap) is closed from spring-fall to bikes. Caney Bottom and Daniel Ridge, however, are great rides that are open (with far too much tourist/summer camp traffic) this time of year.
Mike
 

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2nd that motion

I would also suggest that you not try this ride alone. It's a big one. That being said, I'm planning on doing it this Sun. Time not yet determined, but probably leaving Montreat between 9-10, and it usually take about 5 hours. This time of year I'd bring LOTS of water.

Mike-how did the light work out?
 

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Mr. runner- that's funny, always interesting to "see" a screen name tied to a face.
The light worked good, but not great. I really appreaciate the demo, it's helping me make an informed decision. I was already planning on bringing it by today.
Have fun- this trail was in great shape to say the least. There's some new trees down and other changes, so be careful.
Mike
 
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