IMBA EPIC Ride - Australian Alpine (Mt Buller)

Australian Alpine Epic


 

Overview

One of only a handful of EPIC accredited rides in the world, the Australian Alpine EPIC is a unique, tough and exhilarating journey.

Important safety information and 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.
  • Terrain

    This amazing 51km odyssey takes riders through ancient Snow gum forests, towering Alpine ash stands, ferny glades and granite monoliths, on a variety of trail types, including single track, double track and 4WD. 

    Food and drink

    At Telephone Box Junction you’ll fnd the Mt Stirling Café is the ideal place to break your EPIC ride. Open weekends and public holidays from December – April the café has great food, excellent coffee, a range of guide books and maps, as well as local staff full of mountain knowledge. Facilities at Telephone Box Junction include toilets and a public shelter.

    More details

    Starting with fun and funky favourites close to the Village, the experience gets a little more wild, as the EPIC trail continues through Mt Stirling to Telephone Box Junction, where the trail heads deep into the forest. After a climb to the Pinnacle, and jaw-dropping High Country views, the 8km single track descent to Plain Creek is heart-stopping. From there, a scenic river-side stint brings riders back to leafy Mirimbah Park.

    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.

      Ride log

      1. Commence at the EPIC start on The Avenue, and head left onto Family Trail

      2. Take the left hand trail onto Soul Revival, continue onto One Tree Hill
      3. Cross Goal Post Road to the top of Gang Gangs on your right
      4. Descend to the bottom of Gang Gangs, across Corn Hill Road, to Picnic Trail
      5. Climb past the Picnic Table junction to Cornhill Trail
      6. Continue ahead to Woollybutt, descending to the Circuit Road and Howqua Gap
      7. Cross the Circuit Road to the Howqua Gap Hut and to Stonefly
      8. Roll around Bluff Spur Hut, and continue left to the West Summit Trail
      9. Rounding the base of the Mt Stirling Summit, turn left on the Stirling Trail
      10. Continue past King Spur Hut and Cricket Pitch Shelter to Fork Creek Trail
      11. Pass the Machinery Shed and turn on to the Upper Baldy Trail
      12. Continue to Baldy Loop
      13. Cross the Circuit Road (left from TBJ) then turn left up Hut Trail, past Razorback Hut to Razorback Trail
      14. Continue on Razorback Trail to the cattle gate and Mt No 3 road.
      15. Once past the cattle gate ride 500m to turn left to regain the single track (No. 3 – Pinnacle)
      16. Turn left off the single track and climb the Pinnacle Track
      17. Pass the log bike rack at the top of the climb and begin your descent to Plain Creek Track (Pinnacle – Plain Creek)
      18. Descend the Plain Creek Track to Carter’s Road Picnic Ground
      19. Turn left off Plain Creek Track, before the bridge, to the fnal section of single track (Carter’s – Mirimbah), to Mirimbah
      20. At Mirimbah celebrate your achievement

      Some of the information on this page has been sourced from: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7020986/australian-alpine-epic

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      37.371 km / 23.221 mi

      Total Distance

      1,074 m / 3,522 ft

      Total Ascent

      2,003 m / 6,572 ft

      Total Descent

      1,636 m / 5,368 ft

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      Ride type:
      Mountain biking
      Road riding
      Sightseeing
      Commuter
      Rail Trail
      Gravel
      Various
      EPIC Ride
      Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
      Ride Duration: 1/2 day
      Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
      Terrain:
      Shared Bike Path - Paved
      Shared Bike Path - Dirt
      On-Road Bike Lane
      On-Road
      Off-Road - Fire Trail
      Off-Road - Rail Trail
      Off-Road - Single Track
      Off-Road - Downhill
      Gravel Road
      Trail Signage: Good
      Mobile Coverage: Limited
      Services:
      Water
      Food
      First Aid
      Toilets
      Bike hire
      Carparking
      Bike servicing
      Accessible by bike
      Accessible by car
      Accessible by public transport
      Accessible by shuttle
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