Checking out the trails at Gap Creek, Mt Cootha while in Brisbane is a must do for any mountain biker!
Wanting to be ~600km north of Brisbane by the end of the day I arrived at Gap Creek Mt Cootha just after sunrise. Parking at the end of Highwood Road provided quick access to black trails such as Pipeline to the west as well as the trail network down to the trail head at the Gap Creek Picnic Area to the east.
Just like all of the coastal destinations I’d checked out on my way up, trail conditions at Gap Creek were super dry and loose due to the lack of rain, but huge fun. Hitting Pipeline first thing in the morning was definitely a great way to wake up! Lots of fun stuff going on as the trail makes it way down the hillside, ending with series of eye opening wooden structures. Here’s a tip: wooden surfaces may be covered in dew and slippery early in the morning 🙂
After a cruisey climb back onto the ridge I really enjoyed the long run down to the Gap Creek Picnic Area, starting on Dingo Trail, then Bandicoot Byway, Whipbird Way, Cubberla Ck Trail and Koala Trail. Lots of flow and sweet turns through beautiful forest with the occasional climb thrown in. After a snack at the picnic area it was time to amble back up to the van on Highwood Road via the Rocket Frog Trail.
A huge thanks to the Gap Creek Trail Alliance for these great trails. Vert, terrain, flow, fun, forest – it’s all there. If I ever moved to Brisbane, Gap Creek Mt Cootha would be sweet to have as a local trail network.