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Butlers Gorge - Lake King William
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
50 km return (25km each way)
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
4 - 7 hours

Location

A hidden gem of a ride connecting Clark Dam at the southern end of Lake King William with Derwent Bridge, this route follows infrequently used 4WD trails alongside the banks of the lake.  Combining remote riding along beautiful trails with spectacular bushland and lakeside views, this is a trail to check out before everyone else finds out about it.  It is not however for those looking for sweet single trail.

Climies Track
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3.8
 
4.0 (1)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
35km return (can be done one way with car shuffle)
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
4-6 hours

Location

This route follows a coastal trail (Climies Track) from Granville Harbour to Trial Harbour, but don't let that lull you into thinking this is an easy ride.  Out and back you'll be climbing nearly 1000metres with pinches as steep as 15%.  That said, this trail is a mountain biking mix-up nirvana for the fit and adventurous as you tackle sandy trails, flowing granite, rocky patches, mud and creeks, and of course the hills ... so many hills.

Coningham Reserve
 
2.0
 
2.5 (1)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
10km
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
1-2 hours

Location

This route follows a circuit around the 4WD trails and firebreaks of Coningham Reserve. The riding is a bit of fun, but this ride is more for the locals looking for a short spin, or those just looking for somewhere new to go, this route is great when the wildflowers are out, but at anytime of year it provides some lovely views towards Mt Wellington and over the Derwent River.

Dial Ranges
 
4.4
 
4.0 (1)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
22km
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
2-4hrs

Location

Thanks to the efforts of the Cradle Coast Mountain Bike Club, many of the old forestry trails in the Dial Range have now been stitched together with some singletrack sections to provide a wonderful, but still infrequently ridden, world of climbing and descending.   The route described here follows the sections of the Cranky Penguin race that are open outside of the race event (also see the Penguin MTB Park) and while I'd recommend the race as a great time to ride these trails (and enjoy sections not open during the rest of the year), it can be really enjoyable to explore these trails and forests at a more leisurely pace as well.

Kate Reed Reserve
 
4.0
 
4.0 (1)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
11km (Variable)
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
30mins - 2hours

There is a dense network of trails criss-crossing the Kate Reed Reserve and it really is best enjoyed by pointing your wheel down the main trailhead and just exploring.  For those looking to push themselves there are some dedicated tracks available and families with kids could equally enjoy riding down to the duck boarded area and just exploring.   Basically get in there and enjoy yourself.  This park has something for all levels.

Lake Dobson (Mt Field National Park)
 
3.5
 
3.0 (1)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
30 kms (15kms each way)
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
2 -4 hours

Location

Climbing nearly 1000 metres in around 15kms, this route takes you from the visitors centre at the entrance of Mt Field National Park to the car park at Lake Dobson.  Although entirely on a gravel road that is open to traffic, this is a brilliant ride whether you're seeking the fun and beauty of riding in the snow in winter, seeing the fagus change colour in Autumn or heading up to enjoy the upper regions of the park through summer.

A National Parks Pass will be needed to do this ride.

Lime Bay
 
3.5
 
4.0 (1)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
28km
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
3-5 hours

Location

The Lime Bay Nature Reserve doesn't get a lot of visitors, but contains a surprisingly large network of  trails linking together some beautiful beaches and lagoons with some great convict history thrown in to boot.  These trails provides excellent riding options for both the family through to the hardcore cyclist looking for a hard workout along some tough sandy trails.  The route described here tries to get you around to most of the best spots in the park, but the reserve is compact enough that you can just go out  there, point your wheel down a trail and go and explore.

Railway
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
28kms
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
3-6 hrs
This remote loop on the edge of the Tarkine takes you down nine kilometres of abandoned railway, dropping you out at the old Magnet township and mine.  Here you can explore to your heart's content, seeing first hand both the scars of our earlier presence in the area and how nature reclaims its own.  After exploring the old township, it's a gut busting climb up to the highway and back to the car leaving you with a feeling of having just undertaken your own little Tasmanian adventure.  The track notes also include a detour off to the Philosophers falls walk.
Little Blue Lake
 
2.5
 
5.0 (1)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
34kms
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
2-5 Hours
I'm breaking the rules on this one and listing a track provided by Forestry Tasmania that I haven't ridden.  What I can tell you is this circuit is legal, that it appears to be mainly on gravel roads and fire trails and that it circumnavigates Mount Cameron in the North East of the State.  The recommended starting point on the map provided by Forestry Tasmania is the Scottsdale High School Mount Cameron Field Study Centre (or more specifically the Field Centre Gate) but I could also recommend starting at Little Blue Lake  just north of Pioneer on Gladstone Road (B52) for those who don't want to do the extra driving to the Field Centre.
Mount Stronach
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
MTB

Key Statistics

Distance
8kms return (9.2kms to Trig Point)
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
1-3 hours
Mt Stronach is a great ride for cyclists with reasonable technical riding skills who enjoy their climbing and descending. You'll gain and lose up to 340 metres in altitude (or 280 metres if you only go to the end of the 4WD track rather than the trig point), but if you're confident on your bike it is worth every pedal stroke, even if you have to push your bike up the first section.  It's really fun riding with a pretty nice view (and rock play area) at the top to make it all worthwhile. Having said that I'm slow and not that good a rider, and I still really enjoyed this trail, it just took me a lot longer.

There are big plans for this area in the future, but this ride just describes what's there today.
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