18.0 miles
Distance
2,888 ft
Climb
-2,885 ft
Descent
4,148 ft
High Point

The “easy climb way”:
Go out the main gate and TURN RIGHT onto the TAR and head towards the Sudwala Caves. TURN RIGHT up the Sabie Road (R539) for about 1km and turn LEFT onto a dirt road @ Mikon’s FARM GATE. You can now link onto the Pink / Orange / Green Red / Purple route.

The “not so easy climb way”:
The fun starts as soon as you have gone over the BRIDGE and out the MAIN GATE; you have a nice DROP INN to the right, to get you on some awesome flowing single track next to the river. After you have crossed the river again, you will have a short climb and then at the split TURN LEFT. Up an unforgiving climb, this will take you to the MAMBA TUNNEL. Go under two table tops, until you reach a small farm tar road. At the split, TURN LEFT up to the jeep track. This climb will test you, but the single track will make it worth it! Sharp turn to the right, at the top of the climb. TURN LEFT, up the fire break. TURN RIGHT into pine forest single track. TURN RIGHT when you drop onto the dirt road. Follow the road towards the TAR road. TURN LEFT at the Sappi sign and follow the dirt road until you see the LOW TUNNEL on you RIGHT. Go as low as possible. The tunnel will spit you out, into pine forest single track. Follow the road, until you reach the district road and TURN RIGHT. This road will take you past Mayo Estate. When you get to the downhill section, keep your eyes open for the MOUNT CARMEL sign on your RIGHT. Follow this road until you get to the split in the road, right after a downhill & short, steep climb. TURN LEFT and follow the road until you get an extremely steep climb. After the climb, TURN RIGHT. Follow the road until you see the single track on the LEFT. At the end of the single track TURN RIGHT. This road will take you all the way up a long technical climb. At the four way crossing, TURN RIGHT and then LEFT. The road flattens out, until you get to the last climb at the tower. Take a minute to enjoy the magnificent view! Then follow the road, until you get to the single track on the LEFT HAND SIDE. This wicked single track will lead you straight onto a forestry road. Follow the road until you get to the gum single track on the LEFT. When you reach the forestry road, follow the road until you get to a split. At the split you can choose the “easy way back” or the “bush tunnel” route.

The way back via the “bush tunnel” (Technical)
TURN RIGHT, this road is fast & flat. Half way up a short climb you will see single track on your LEFT. Follow the single track down to the bush tunnel. Be cautious! This is a huge drop & extremely dangerous. There is a chicken run, on the left. Follow the bush tunnel & cross the tar road. There is a drop on the other side, of the tar road. Follow the road until you reach the single track on your RIGHT. This single track will take you over a tar road and past a farm house on your left. Follow the single track and when you get to the MIKON MAIN GATE. Go out and CROSS the Sabie road. TURN RIGHT into the single track, which will take you back to the start.

The “easy way back”
TURN LEFT and follow the road until you see the chicken runs (chicken farm). TURN LEFT and follow the road down, past the chicken runs. This road will take you in the direction towards Mankele. Look out for the single track on the LEFT. When you come out of the single track, you will have a short steep climb. TURN LEFT at the top and follow the road until you get the single track on the RIGHT. This single track will take you over a tar road and past a farm house on your left. Follow the single track and when you get to the MIKON MAIN GATE. Go out and CROSS the Sabie road. TURN RIGHT into the single track, which will take you back to the start.

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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Red Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,649 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,649 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,652 ft
  • Grade
    0.003%
  • Grade max
    -24.835%
  • Grade min
    28.815%
  • Distance climb
    8.6 miles
  • Distance down
    8.5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,823 ft
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