6.8 miles
Distance
922 ft
Climb
-935 ft
Descent
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.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    1
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
    -26%
  • Grade min
    19.9%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,699 ft
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