Indigo Epic MTB Trail
Indigo Epic Trail is now OPEN!
Unfortunately with some access road closures still in place, due to HVP Plantations tree removal taking place, our shuttles are not available – Indigo Shire Facebook Update.
Surface: Machine-cut and hand-cut singletrack, forest roads and tracks
Gradient: Plenty of climbing and descending
Fitness level: High (to ride the complete trail)
Trail difficulty rating: More Difficult (blue)
Set to become one of Australia's iconic MTB trails, the Indigo Epic Trail flows through native forest, historic sites and farmland to link the High Country towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah. Open and rideable year round, the trail is a mix of brand new machine-cut and classic hand-cut trail.
What's an Epic Trail?
The criteria for an Epic Trail as described by IMBA is that it must be a demanding single track adventure in a natural setting. “True backcountry riding experiences that are technically and physically challenging, more than 80% single track and at least 32kms in length.”
The Indigo Epic is a mix of classic XC trails hand-cut by the Yack and Beechworth locals over the years, plus brand new machine-cut singletrack by the gurus at Trailscapes to link the original trails together.
The narrow trail widths, off-camber corners and rocky and rooty sections of the classic stuff are quite a contrast to the smooth, wide, modern trail cut neatly into the hillside ... but old and new work together brilliantly to create a complete set of features and trail surfaces on the full loop.
The full Epic loop
The full trail is like a figure 8 on its side, with a crossover point at the historic Wallaby Mine. This means you have options to ride the whole thing, ride from one town to the other, or ride either the Beechworth or Yackandandah loops.
Tough cookies will be keen to chalk up the full loop - it's a guaranteed bucket list ride - but at over 50km including 1,000m of climbing you'll need good fitness even if you're on an e-bike)!
Our favourite sections are the descents: Baarmutha Belter back to Beechworth and Homeward Bound into Yack, but Ferny Gully's twists and turns and Wallaby Climb with its waterfall swimming hole are a close second.
Yack back to Yack and the town-to-town rides are rated More Difficult and require a good level of fitness and skill.
The Beechworth to Beechworth loop is slightly easier than the Yack-Yack loop, so if you have some basic MTB experience and a moderate level of fitness, keep riding past Lake Kerferd and climb up to the Wallaby Mine crossover point, then take the fork to Beechworth and enjoy the descent back to the Gaol.
We suggest you hire one of our E-MTBs for this if your fitness or riding experience is low.
Beginner mountain bikers and families are going to love the ride from Beechworth to Lake Kerferd along Pipeline. We rate this out and back ride as Easy (green) with a couple of More Difficult (blue) sections.
It's a great introduction to the Epic trail, especially if you're on one of our E-MTBs!
Shuttles and ride packages
For a big day out check out our Downcountry Dreaming package or book the Indigo Epic Uplift shuttle to the crossover point near Wallaby Mine - the perfect uplift point for riding the descent back to Beechworth. We run three uplifts per day - check the shuttle timetable for more info.