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Nirvana (number 8) (2.14km)
Daisy HillLast Update: 28/4/2014
Some trail names are made up, if there is a different name please let us know.
Difficulty - Intermediate - Advanced
Slope - Moderate - Steep
Space - Tight - Extreme Caution
Surface - Dirt - Eternal Puddles - Heavy leaf and branch litter - Loose rocks on dirt - Loose rocks on rock - Rock - Roots - Rutted - Sand - Wood
Trail type - Single track
First and probably the most important point: this trail is an intermediate to advanced trail. This is not for beginners and not for those who are timid descending tight and technical sections. It's one of the most technical descents I've ridden with little room for error and I was shattered by the time I got to the bottom.
Secondly: the Nirvana trail comes with a big climb out. If you ride from east to west (Leo Lindo Drive toward the middle of the park) you will probably be able to ride most of the way out. Riding the other way is a whole new level of technical climbing. So unless you really like steep rocky climbs then ride in the same direction as the video begins or you will be walking most of the way out.
The trail begins next to the gate at the end of Leo Lindo Drive. The opening half of the descent is a mix of long traverses, switch backs, some steep winding sections and a few climbs. The second section however is far more technical.
The trail runs along a very steep section of the hill with some reasonable drops off the edge of the very narrow tight trail. There are some seriously steep sections with tight corners, heaps of trees on the apex or exits of corners, plenty of rocks in the trail and shoots where you really need to let the bike run before hauling on the anchors. This is a technically difficult ride and the punishment for stuffing up could be very serious.
Once at the bottom there are a number of technical climbs and descents as the trail dips and dives through a dark section of bush fed by a number of small water courses.
After clearing the densely wooded section the bush opens up and the trail starts to climb back up through a series of steep switch backs - most of which I was able to climb. Unfortunately we had a camera fail on the climb however I have shown that section of trail in reverse.
It's a short ride from the top of the hill to the fire trail.
The Nirvana Trail was a challenging ride. Fast sections that require quick reactions, some seriously technical and scary sections and plenty of climbs, rocks, stumps, roots and logs to zap every last ounce of energy.
My only complaint about Nirvana is the number of trees that were right on the apexes or exits of corners that totally destroyed the flow of the trail. That being said without those speed-checks in place this trail would be even more dangerous.