(35km North-East of Adelaide)
Trails & Tracks*:
Adelaide Mountain Bike Club
Inside Line Downhill MTB Club
Local Bicycle Shops:
1 Philip Highway, Elizabeth
21 Belair Road, Kingswood
Standish Cycles Unley
120 Unley Road, Hyde Park
The name Devil's Gully has become synonymous with this area, which really comprises of two separate areas either side of the One Tree Hill to Kersbrook Road. To the north is the real 'Devil's Gully', whilst on the southern side of the road is another area of pine plantation and the Kersbrook Glades native bushland. For the Downhillers there are two riding options.
Head up the firetrack that leads north-west from the car-park for 500m or so to the top of a hill, and from there you can see the pine plantation that houses the Devils Gully DH track. This area has a few great trails with lots of jumps that are pretty suitable for intermediate DH riders. There's plenty to play on, but you will need to get yourself back up the hills.
The other option is to grab a mate with a van and head up Mt Gawler road (directly opposite the car park) until you get to the Junction with Airstrip road, about 1.2km up the road. There are a number of DH trails to explore which snake through the pines on either side back to the car park, and all are good for shuttle runs. Then there's the riding for the XC riders.
It is certainly worth exploring both pine plantations, as there are networks of singletrack and firetrack that give some great riding. Indeed most of the DH trails are perfectly rideable on an XC bike with a little skill, so a real 'All-mountain' loop can be enjoyed.
Once you are done with the more obvious runs there are plenty of other trails to explore within the native forest zones. The best thing to do is to grab a map and explore!
Source: Escapegoat Adventures - 2009
2 October 2011