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Magpie Rock (Loops 3, 4)
Stromlo Forest ParkLast Update: 6/12/2013
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Difficulty - Easy - Intermediate
Slope - Moderate - Undulating
Space - Open - Tight
Surface - Dirt - Loose rocks on dirt - Loose rocks on rock - Rock - Rutted
Trail type - Single track
The Magpie Rock trail is the middle and easiest section of a run I like to call the "Evil Way Down". This run consists of Rollercoaster, Magpie Rock and Slick Rock. All three of these trails have similar traits (narrow, tight steep switchbacks, lots of rocks and ruts) and require a greater level of bike control and confidence than the more common Western Wedgetail, Pork Barrel and Double Dissolution.
From the start of the trail you climb up to the top of the hill through a series of tight rocky turns lined by 4ft boulders, it's somewhat reminiscent of the final section of Tall Trees as you approach Echidna Gap.
From the crest the trail descends and for the most part it's flowy and out in the open, however it's not as straight forward as it may sound. The trail is quite narrow and lined with tall grass/weeds so the visibility is not so good (imagine Western Wedgetail with only 3m of trail visibility). There are also a couple of tight turns and switchbacks and a few rocks on the trail ready to catch low pedals or send lazy riders OTB.
Magpie Rock is a lot easier than Rollercoaster and Slick Rock but not without its challenges and therefore if you are considering taking the "Evil Way Down" but aren't sure if you have the skills then try Magpie Rock by itself first. If you get spooked you can always take the short route back up Casuarina Climb Fire Trail back to Wedgetail Junction and choose another route.
Magpie Rock should be rideable by a mountain biker with a basic level of single track cornering and braking competency. A good trail for newish riders wanting to step it up a level and can be easily sessioned by taking the Casuarina Climb Fire Trail back to the top.