February 10, 2015
It's usual to start the Dun Mountain Trail from Brook Street but due to logging operations that section was closed so I drove round to the end of the trail at the camp ground on Maitai Road where there is a car park and a map board. I rode up Groom Road to the Tantragee Saddle and joined the trail there.
This trail is a one day back-country adventure style of ride with scenic and historic interest. You'll gradually climb to Coppermine Saddle (878 metres, 2880 feet), which is above the tree line and is starting to feel a little alpine.
From there it's a long, long, rocky, bumpy ride that will have you hard on the brakes for eight kilometres. There are some interesting hairpins but as a mountain bike trail it's a waste of altitude. Down by the river, the trail mellows and you'll enjoy a bit of speed.
The Dun Mountain Trail is a good ride but there is not a lot of magic in it. There are better options if you want to enjoy the back-country or take in some inspiring scenery. As a mountain bike trail it's a good fitness ride on the way up but just a bomber on the way down.