Tight but non-threatening singletrack winds through the bush on Sidewinder
From St Arnaud follow Hwy 63 west and at the entrance to Rotoiti Lodge hook on to the singletrack on the left side of the road and follow it across the highway to the skating rink carpark where there is a sign with the trails on it. Follow the markers through scattered matagouri and kanukas more or less along the base of the hill, eventually riding out on to grassy flats. Follow the markers across the flats until you reach an intersection with a directional sign. Go to the right and right again at the next sign to the Kaka Track which is an intermediate track which climbs to the ridge and the Big Bush Track. 200m up Kaka a sign indicates the start of Sidewinder Track to the left.
Skating Pond Loop and Rattler Rim provide entertainment for less skilled riders.
The tracks across the flats are well marked
Follow Sidewinder for a fun tight track with lots of small technical bits across small creeks, through open grassed clearings and through mature beech forest.
The Douglas Hill Track winds amongst the fir trees
Wind your way up here along the edge of the forest and soon you will be on some sweet singletrack descending gently though the trees until you are deposited on a gravel 4wd road. Either ride back up the singletrack or go left down the road and follow it out to the main Teetotal road where you can turn left again and head back towards St Arnaud. Turn right on to the marked track around the settling ponds to bypass a section of road and follow the track back across the road and back to the skating pond.
Winding up the well graded Kaka Track
For a slightly more strenuous ride go up the Kaka Track and turn left along the Big Bush Track and follow it down to the Douglas Hill Track or back through Sidewinder Track to complete a loop, although Sidewinder is best ridden east–west.
Duck Down is quite tight, but the views of the lake are rewarding
The lower 400m of Duck Down is quite technical, some riders will walk this bitFor the expert riders turn right at the top of Kaka Track for 1.7km to the top of Rocky Horror Track. A sign to the left indicates the start of Duck Down an advanced grade track completed in February 2015 which gives another option for the descent from Big Bush Track.
Rocky Horror is, you guessed it, quite a rocky water course
Constructing Flying Moa
Flying Moa Track
Flying Moa track starts 485m west of the top of Kaka Track and winds down through mature beech forest for 2.8km to link in to the western end of Sidewinder just before it emerges from the bush. Flying Moa is a quite technical, but non-threatening intermediate trail that will make you hone your bike handling skills on its tight twisting route through the forest. You have the option of riding back through Sidewinder or for an easier ride, carry on out on to the flats and ride back along Rattler Rim Trail.