Cycle Adelaide, Mountain Bike Ride, Kuitpo Forest MTB Ride 2
Forests are great recreational areas, offering opportunities for day or overnight visits in a peaceful, natural environment. Cool in summer and sheltered in winter - although admittedly pretty cold – they’re a haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a chance to get away and commune with nature. There’s also the added bonus of almost traffic free tracks and trails, providing safe off-road routes for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. These rides cover two of the many marked public trails within the Kuitpo Forest Reserve, and both are multi-use routes.
The trails are generally well marked but it’s important to remember that Kuitpo is a working forest, so trails will occasionally be re-routed around logging. Always take note of Danger signs – logging operations can be hazardous, so you need to heed them. If our route is closed when you’re doing the ride, just follow the signs for Tinjella Trail.
Along Tinjella Trail is not quite as easy, with some confusing signage and gnarly terrain - serious off-roaders, this one’s for you! It’s physically difficult, with steep climbs and descents on rough tracks, and it’s a great ride for anyone out to challenge themselves. Where it’s not steep, it’s generally rolling, ending with a long gentle downhill run to the flat finish.
From Willunga, head up Old Willunga Hill and turn left onto Brookman Road, signposted to Meadows. Black Nursery Road, Christmas Tree Hill Road and Forest HQ are all directly off Brookman Road.
Food and Drink
Water is available at the Kuitpo Forest Headquarters. Fill a backpack and stop for a picnic en-route.
Head on up Harvey Road, alongside the Information Centre, to the Prospect Hill Museum. Wander through buildings from the original late-1800s settlement and relics of the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfire.
Note: At the time of writing, this area of forest was subject to logging activity and part of Tinjella Trail was temporarily closed. Therefore, the ride does not start from the signed start of the Tinjella Trail but does commence from the same start access point, Christmas Tree Hill Rd.
11.772 km / 7.315 mi
220 m / 721 ft
386 m / 1,266 ft