I’ve been reading Gillian Duncan’s book “Where to mountain bike in South East Queensland” and decided to try out one of the trails in that book today. Starting at Mt Mee, I followed some dirt tracks down to the Wamuran Rail Trail, then rode back up the mountain again via some more dirt tracks. All up it was a tad over 31km, but it was hard work, which made it a lot of fun!
I started from Pedwell Road, Mount Mee, which winds down past a few farms with excellent views like this one.
Eventually Pedwell Road turns into a dirt road, which turns into Williams Road:
Williams Road is incredibly steep in some parts. I was going downhill, and if I was riding with some buddies, I would have attempted it, but an over-the-bars out here wouldn’t have been much fun, so I walked down some of the steeper inclines.
Eventually it was time to follow the “Trail” signs back up the mountain along McLeods Road. I think whoever nailed up the signs had some new understanding of the word “Trail” because it was more like a scramble up a very steep rocky hill – difficult to walk up with a bike, let alone ride up. Even so, it’s worth the effort.
All up a loop of 31.3km, with about 750m of vertical ascent and just under 1800 cal. On the Tough-O-Meter, I’d rate this 9 out of 10 because of the really treacherous downhill on Williams Road, and the crazily steep “trail” back up on McLeods Road.
Max elevation: 448 m
Min elevation: 37 m
Total climbing: 810 m
Total descent: -809 m
Average speed: 14.77 km/h
Total time: 03:29:01