Ride at your own risk and beware that it crosses farmland so don't hassle the livestock!
QMTBC only maintains 7 Mile, Golddigger and Phoenix
Classic Queenstown backountry loop sometimes called the 'Four Lakes' ride, start at either Wilson Bay or 7 Mile car park and go in either direction but normally done anti-clockwise as Phoenix is really only a downhill. If doing clockwise then avoid riding up Phoenix and ride up the road towards Glenorchy until you get to the DOC lake dispute track and ride up that way to Lake Dispute but be warned, the track from Lake Dispute to Moke Lake is a nasty off the bike uphill slog on a loose and rocky 4WD track - it's even dodgy going down it!
So normally ride up the QMTBC built Gold Digger (through 7 Mile first if you park at Wilson Bay) which exits you onto the last 50m of seal on the Moke Lake Rd, ride the last bit of seal and then up the unsealed road up a good solid uphill to the saddle then down to Moke Lake passing Lake Kirkpatrick along the way. When you get to Moke Lake ride through the camp-ground (you can camp here real cheap if you want, fresh water on tap and composting toilets - all the amenities!) and then back onto a nice flowy single track (think uphill flow) round the back of the Moke Lake after crossing a stile over a fence. Once you get to the fenceline at the end of the lake take a right and ride along a singletrack beside the fence away from the lake. Cross the fence you have been following when you get to the stile and then follow the track along the edge of some farmland following an obvious trail through a steep sided valley and over a couple of streams then through a little bit of brush till you get to another stile. Once over the stile put your seat down for a steep and rocky descent down to Lake Dispute! Remember to control your speed down here as it gets steeper after a blind corner and depending on when the local farmer has last done some maintenance it can get insanely rocky with anything from fist to basketball sized rocks!
At the bottom of the steep descent ride along the 4WD track past Lake Dispute )that's lake number three if you are counting). At the end of the lake turn left through an obvious DOC livestock-proof gate along a singletrack till it turns sharply right and drops towards the Glenorchy Rd. Keep an eye out because about halfway down the QMTBC built Phoenix trail heads off to the left for a sweet and visually stunning ride along the side of the hill before descending down some flowy downhill switchbacks and dumping you on the road a few meters from Wilson bay on Lake Wakatipu - lake no 4!.
Local Trail AssociationQueenstown Mountain Bike Club (www.queenstownmtb.co.nz)
Trails in Route
AKAFour Lakes Loop
Bike typeAM, XC
More Stats for Moke Lake/Lake Dispute Loop mountain bike route
Altitude min988 ft
Altitude start1,010 ft
Altitude end1,006 ft
Distance climb6.3 miles
Distance down6.4 miles
Distance flat1.7 miles