Today’s ride followed a large leisurely “figure of eight” through the scenic hills and creeks of the Noosa hinterland.
We started at Lake MacDonald, and disappeared into the bush.
We were on a mission.
The objective for this ride was to double-check part of a course we intend to take for a multi-day ride between Nambour and Rainbow Beach.
I wanted to make sure the course I had planned would be OK.
As we rolled through easy forest tracks on the “Mac ‘n Back” trail, I listened to the quiet murmurs of approval from my riding buddies.
Yep. This looked like it could work.
We emerged from the forest tracks at Ringtail Creek Road and followed it west to Louis Bazzo Drive.
After a couple of hundred metres on the paved road we turned left into “Black Pinch Road”.
Any road name with the word “pinch” in it is going to be hard work. It usually implies a steep section.
It was steep, but…
…the views were great!
We rolled down the other side of the hill and followed more tracks into Kin Kin, just in time for Brunch.
Kin Kin is a beautiful village close to Great Sandy National Park. We plan to spend the night here on our multi-day trip.
Our course so far had been reasonably easy. I felt confident we’d be able to do it on fat bikes in a couple of weeks without much difficulty.
Now it was time to trace an alternative route back to the start.
We followed Noosa Trail Network track 4, east out of Kin Kin along Shepperson’s Lane.
There were several gates. I was grateful for fast-riding buddies who reached the gates before me and opened them. Great service, Calum!
The track led us though a dairy farm
At Shepperson’s Park we followed a rough, steep track up the hill. Jason powered upwards with his turbo-charged legs. I pedaled some of the way, then walked the rest. It’s a tough climb.
We rested in the welcome shade of the hut at Cootharaba lookout.
There are some great views eastward from here, looking over the lake towards the ocean.
As we continued south, the track became steep and rocky.
The ridge which follows the top of the Wahpunga Range is rugged.
Eventually we reached the summit, then bounced down the other side.
It was my turn to hold the gate open for my friends.
At Twin Hill Lookout we stopped to take photos of Mount Cooroora.
Jason once climbed this mountain after a tough ride. He has often joked that I should do it again with him some time. My response is usually a polite smile while muttering something less polite under my breath.
At the bottom of Black Pinch Road we followed Old Coach Road back to Lake MacDonald.
Total climbing: 1237 m
Average temperature: 31.6
Total time: 05:33:28
We rode about forty-seven kilometres in just over five and a half hours. During that time we climbed about 1,250 metres in vertical ascent, and I burned about 3,000 kcal.
The first half of this ride was quite easy (6 out of 10), the second half was hard work (8.5 out of 10). All up, I’d rate this ride 7.5 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.
Thanks Jason, Calum and Kaye for a fun day out.
I’m looking forward to coming back here in a couple of weeks.
2 Replies to “Noosa Trail Network”
Nice country out there Neil. From your photos, it looks like you ventured on some of the old Noosa Enduro Course (Enduro as in Endurance, not the modern mountain bike buzz word). I’ve been riding the area around Lake Macdonald and Pomona a bit lately… your story has given me some more ideas for venturing further out. Cheers mate. Murray
Great to hear from you again.
We rode some of the tracks you originally showed me years ago.
The section at the top of Williams Road is tricky – it looks like a private driveway, but the trail actually follows the left hand side of the property boundary fence, in front of the driveway that has an electric fence in front of it. If you’re riding that section it’s useful to know this.