Remarkable Epic Trail - Frequently asked questions
How long is the trail?
How long should it take?
You should allow for around 5 – 6 hours including some rests along the way. This can vary greatly depending on the riders’ ability, fitness level, weather, how many stops you take, etc.
How much climbing will I need to do?
The total elevation is around 1300 meters across the ride with the main ascent at the beginning of the ride.
Can I come back down the trail if I’m worn out after the climb?
No. The trail is strictly one way. There is however a decent approximately 3 kms from the very top which you can take. This is aptly called “Bale Out” and will lead you down to Willowie and from there it’s a flat 7km ride along a rail trail back to Melrose. This is also a great ride for those not wanting to traverse the entire EPIC trail.
Is the trail completed?
Yes, the trail can be traversed from end to end. There are however a couple of small sections where we are still improving the rideability.
Why are there still construction crews on the trail?
We are privileged to be able to traverses areas sensitive to the local first Nations group, Nukunu. As such, construction in certain areas is still being finished off whilst we work closely with Nukunu observers ensuring the trail does not compromise features through this culturally sensitive corridor.
Who paid for the trail to be built?
This was a jointly funded project with the Federal Government providing 50% and the State Government providing 50%.
The Federal grant was obtained through the Foundation For National Parks and the project was managed by the SA National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Other consultative partners include Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North, Port Pirie Regional Council, Northern Areas Council and The District Council of Mount Remarkable.
Who Built the Trail?
Trailscapes Pty Ltd, they are an Australian company known for their MTB trail building capabilities, delivering trails such as the Indego EPIC in Victoria’s High Country.
Were the 1st Nations groups involved in the project?
Yes. The local 1st Nations Group Nukunu engaged and reviewed the Cultural Heritage assessment report, they provided construction observers and importantly supporting us in building a MTB trail through lands so significant to their culture.
What should I take?
This ride takes you out through areas that are remote and difficult to access. You should take
- enough food and water to last the 5 – 6 hours on trail
- Tools and spares to undertake minor repairs
- A 1st Aid kit
- A phone, many of the more elevated areas do have mobile reception for most carriers.
- A map of the trail.