6.8 miles
922 ft
-935 ft
5,037 ft
High Point

Colour Code: Grey Arrows
Distance: 11.5 km
Elevation Gain: 377m
Duration: 40min to 1.15 hours
Grading: Intermediate to Advanced
Start: Desert Horse Inn Parking Area

The Time Trial/XOC route is marked on brown mountain bike signs with grey arrows. Please take caution, this is a cross country style track with technical down hills, but is a lot of fun. Leave the parking area of Desert Horse Inn in an easterly direction, cross the railway line and follow the district route for 1km until you find a few white drums. Look for a grey arrow sign. Turn right, cross the railway line again and go past the two windmills through the sandy river bed. Now you are on the single track and the fun begins.

From kilometre 4 it becomes really technical with short steep climbs and descents on the granite rock slopes. Be alert all the time. When you pass the Aus Water Tower make sure to turn right at the grey arrow. Another 400m of steep climb lies ahead. Once you are on top at kilometre 4, there will be a nice roller coaster descent for 1km through the river bed to be followed by a gradual climb parallel to a fence. The last part is very steep with a sharp bend to the left and plenty of controlled power and concentration are needed for even experienced riders to master this climb. Once on top, give yourself a little break and enjoy the vistas over the village of Aus.

Be cautious since you will now descend on a bumpy path over the granite rocks with the last bit navigating some switch backs. The Desert Horse Inn will now be in sight and after a few short climbs you will pass through a gate (please close it). Now you will have a great view on the Inn before dropping into the river bed with two tricky switch backs. Power through the sand to reach the parking area after passing another small gate to finish the ride.

Now - tap yourself on the shoulder and have a cold beer, since this track is rated as some of the trickiest in the country.

Local Trail Association
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!


Post a Comment


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for Klein Aus Vista Time Trail / Cross Country Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,523 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,544 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,531 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,699 ft
no votes yet
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Contribute Details
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
Max Vehicle Width

Radar Time
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public ridelogs from the past 6 months.
  • mountain biking recent
  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public skilogs from the past 12 months.
  • Downhill Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Nordic Ski
Jump Magnitude Heatmap
Heatmap of where riders jump on trails. Zoom in to see individual jumps, click circles to view jump details.
Trails Deemphasized
Trails are shown in grey.
Trail transparency
  • flag
  • login to download gpx or kml files.