This a 15km track through rolling desert terrain in the West MacDonnell National Park, just north of Alice Springs, is the perfect introduction to mountain biking in the Red Centre. The West MacDonnell Mountain Bike Track (the West Macs Track) is mostly flowing, with some technical sections (hilly terrain, sand and rockgardens). There is usually a B-line.
This 15km track was originally built by NT Parks and Wildlife in the 90s. It used to be known as ‘the Hell Line’ because it was so overgrown and rocky. It has been rebuilt by local rider Ronn Slusser, with support from the NT Parks and Wildlife and the Central Australian Rough Riders in 2013. The West Macs Track starts on Lovegrove Drive, near the railway tracks, and ends on Smith St, 5km north of town.
The track takes riders past the historic Old Cattle Yards, and has several spots to stop and take in the view. The recent revamp added parking for bikes and tired riders at key photo spots (at around the 5km, 9km and 12km marks).
While the West Macs Track is just on the edge of town, there are no short-cuts back from the trail. The riding in Alice Springs is hot and dusty, and there are no taps or streams on the trail, so bring enough water to last the distance.
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More Stats for West MacDonnell Mountain Bike Track mountain bike trail
Altitude change198 ft
Altitude min1,954 ft
Altitude max2,291 ft
Altitude start1,954 ft
Altitude end2,151 ft
Distance climb6 miles
Distance down4 miles
Distance flat3,608 ft
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