Australian Alpine Epic Trail
ABOUT THE TRAIL
Grade: Intermediate / Advanced
Riding time: 4 - 7 hours (ability dependant)
Fitness: High endurance, medium technical skill
Description: This journey takes riders through a variety of environments, and trail experiences. It utililises familiar favourites including Soul Revival, One Tree Hill, Gang Gangs, Picnic Trail, Cornhill Trail, Woolybutt and Stonefly (ascent). The experience gets a little more wild, as the trail continues through Mt Stirling to Telephone Box Junction, Razorback Trail, and deep into the forest to then thrill the rider with an endless descent flowing down to Carter’s Road. From there, a scenic river-side stint will bring you back to leafy Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resorts. Please note: you will come across a cattle containment gate at Mt No 3 Rd - proceed through this gate (please open and close it), to continue on the EPIC trail.
Accumulated elevation ascent: 1,245m
Accumulated elevation descent: 2,187m
Highest point: 1650m (the top of Stonefly ascent at 11.6km into the ride)
Lowest point: 573m (the entry to the new Carters Rd/River section at 35.5km into the ride)
Longest descent: 8km - section off Pinnacle Track (1260m) to Carter’s Road (573m), this is a total elevation descent of 687m.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION & TIPS
- Wear appropriate clothing, pack layers
- Take food, water, bike repair tools and spare parts
- Ride only on the designated trail and obey signs
- Carry a communication device, and be aware there are patches of limited mobile phone reception (between Pinnacle and Mirimbah).
- Ensure someone knows of your intended travel and estimated ride time
- There are several sections of the trail that are shared with horse riders and bush walkers; these users have right of way. Shared trails include: Cornn Hill Road, Bluff Spur Trail, Hut Trail, Razorback Trail, No. 3 Road, Pinnacle Road and Plain Creek. Always give way to other users.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management undertook an exciting new project for the region, with the construction of a mountain bike trail that has been accredited as Australia's first International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) EPIC mountain bike trail.
The Mt Buller Mt Stirling IMBA EPIC Mountain Bike Trail project involved the construction of a 40.39km trail that offers visitors to the region a long distance, cross-country descending ride, providing stunning views across the Victorian High Country.
The project was a partnership between the Australian Alps National Landscape Committee Inc, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management and the Australian Government through the T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants program.
The project received $125,000 in federal funding through T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants and $375,000 in state funding through Regional Development Victoria. Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management contributed $225,000 and the Mansfield Shire Council a further $25,000.
The Australian Alpine Epic was officially launched at Mt Buller on 6 December 2014 as part of the Mt Buller Epic Festival. A weekend-long festival full of everything mountain biking.
LOOK BACK OVER THE STORY OF EPIC...
- 8 February 2013 - Federal funding announcement.
- 26 April 2013 - State funding announcement.
- 13 December 2013 - Project work commencement.
- 7 August 2014 - Trail receives IMBA 'Epic' accreditation.
- 26 November 2014 - Trail launch next weekend
- 7 December 2014 - Mt Buller has launched the Southern Hemisphere's first epic trail