28.2 miles
Distance
3,311 ft
Climb
-6,373 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point
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This is right from the trail head sign in the village. I will say that there's a lot of work getting yourself up to the main 'Epic' descent, about 1400 meters of climbing in total from the trailhead. I wouldn't bring a big bike, 140mm trail bike at most, or the climbs will turn into hikes (unless you're really strong/fit). I used my old '09 Stumpjumper fsr with 120r/140f travel, which weighs in ready to go at 12.7 kg, and it was as big as I'd personally want for this ride. There's really no terrain that needs more travel, and a heavy bike would make for a long day...

The climb up Stonefly, from the Howqua Gap hut to the Bluff Spur Memorial hut, is the longest climb (about 6 klm's, 340 meters of climbing). The real problem is that from there you are sent down a fire road which takes no time, and therefore gives you no real recovery time. (NOTE: this descent via Bluff Spur trail has now been re-routed via West Summit trail and Stirling trail to rejoin the original route via Hut trail and Razorback trail) Now you're at the cafe/shop, and you start climbing again.... unless you take a break of course.

I had a couple short stops to check the map (I found it a bit confusing in the beginning), and a few times to have some food and talk with other rider's I met along the way. My ride time was just under 3 1/2 hrs and moving time was just under 3 hrs.

Detailed Description
Bike Buller MTB Festival - Epic trail point to point race is a 28 mile expert race route located near Mt Buller. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 3,311 ft with a max elevation of 5,455 ft then descends -6,373 ft.

8 Reviews & Comments

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z0DufI (Jan 27, 2023 at 16:55)
Trail Stonefly
This track is not fun
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Danger1 (Jan 7, 2023 at 18:52)
32km, doesnt take 20minutes. Time needs amending
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TassieTim (Jan 1, 2023 at 22:06)
Trail Stonefly
Riding amazing. The descent is superb. Signage around Howqua gap not updated after changes to network - not cool
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MonsterAngry (Apr 21, 2022 at 2:53)
Trail Woolybutt
The last part of this after you come off the steep lose fire trail is most definitely not dual direction as indicated here. Dont ride up it. There are signs so this should be clear. You can however ride up the fire trail part of woolybutt from the roadd but its very steep and loose (you will end up walking part of it i guantee) and watch riders coming down that missed the memo about trigger-happy.
In fact don't ride down this either. It sucks. Take the right turn where the signs are and ride a few hundred meters and take trigger happy. It now joins the burmy part of woolybutt and is now a one way descent. Its sick.
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kingerz55 (Jan 15, 2022 at 17:35)
Trail Stonefly
Be VERY careful to start this trail the right way (go clockwise) from Howqua Gap, where the signs are confusing and lead many to start the wrong way. There are about 9 trails leading out of the gap. You should be leading close to the Circuit Rd and see a creek washing over flagstones very soon after starting. Check your app to make sure.
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kingerz55 (Jan 15, 2022 at 17:32)
Trail Gang Gangs
Probably the best of the non-gravity trails, this one has great flow and sculpting.
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AnGusEyre (Jan 25, 2020 at 18:19)
This is not the epic trail.
Epic trail goes out West Summit trail (past the hut).
The signage is correct.
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theky1e (Mar 15, 2017 at 20:30)
Trail Gang Gangs
Gang Gangs is such a fun trail!
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  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Saturday March 9, 2019 at 08:30am
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    12
More Stats for Bike Buller MTB Festival - Epic trail point to point race mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -3,062 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,942 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,218 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,156 ft
  • Grade
    -2.1%
  • Grade max
    -56.4%
  • Grade min
    36%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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