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Casuarina Grove Circuit Track - Optional Loop (800m)
Nerang State ForestLast Update: 11/5/2013
Some trail names are made up, if there is a different name please let us know.
Difficulty - Easy - Intermediate
Slope - Flat - Moderate - Undulating
Space - Open - Tight
Surface - Dirt - Gravel - Heavy leaf and branch litter - Loose rocks on dirt - Rock - Roots - Rutted - Sand - Wood
Trail type - Single track
I've split the Casuarina Grove Circuit Track, Nerang State Forest into 3 sections because I got a little lost and didn't ride the circuit as a loop. The best way to ride it would be to start from the trail head and ride the circuit in a clockwise direction. Rather than riding out to the Central Intersection like I did (see the video or maps for the location) take what I have called the Casuarina Grove Circuit Track (Left) (riding the opposite direction from my video), then take the Casuarina Grove Circuit Track - Optional Loop and continue onto the Casuarina Grove Circuit Track (right). The direct trail to the Central Intersection is not marked on their maps, this is why I got confused. I was planning on re-shooting the trail however I was having too much fun on the other trails in the forest to ride the beginners loop again.
The Optional Loop runs off the Casuarina Grove Circuit Track - Left not far from the central intersection. The trail then climbs up through the bush and winds its way down again to meet the main circuit track at the Central Intersection.
The trail can be ridden in either direction however I found it slightly easier climbing and more fun descending when riding in a clockwise direction.
The trail contains quite a number of erosion controls that form small steps. Regardless of which direction you ride they are relatively easy. When climbing beginners may stumble on some of them but the descents are easily managed. It's certainly a good place for beginners to practice simple technical climbing skills.
In many places trees line the trail quite tightly, some show plenty of scars from MTBers who cut things a bit fine. There are a number of very tight turns but some open flowy sections as well, plus a number of timber bridges.
The Optional Loop is very similar to the rest of the Casuarina Grove Circuit Track but an 800m addition that's definitely worth the ride.