The Pyramid Saddle Trail, also known as the Darts Bush Stream Trail, crosses hilly tussock country - not quite remote wilderness but definitely back-country. It's typical of this part of New Zealand. You are surrounded by a dry, stark, impressive landscape with the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps as a backdrop. And there are azure glacial lakes and the sinuous canals of a mega hydro power generation network that uses the massive volume of rain and snow that falls on the mountains.
The trail starts out flat and easy but soon you start climbing, then there are some undulations as you pass through a pine plantation. Then it's a steep climb beside a fence up to Pyramid Saddle. Only the ultra-strong will be able to ride it. Just dig in - it's not a very long push and you'll be more than rewarded on the way down the other side.
The saddle is a great spot for a picnic on a fine day. The way down starts out as a fairly steep but well formed four wheel drive track, then you cross a flat area as you head towards Flanagan Pass. Don't panic about that monster, you'll soon turn right and begin a long, fast gradual descent all the way down beside Darts Bush Stream. From there you turn right onto the Dusky Trail for an easy pedal to the Ohau Canal to complete the 17km (11 mile) loop.
There are three creek crossings and you'll get wet feet on the last one even if you manage to stepping-stone across the first two. The trail mainly follows four wheel farm tracks. It's rocky terrain but the trails are generally quite smooth.
If you want a more strenuous workout, branch off up to Flanagan Pass, then take the Dorcy Track down to Lake Ohau followed by Glen Lyon Road and the Ohau Canal back. That would give you an altitude gain and loss of about 700 metres over a distance of 50km.