Heading away from Aviemore the group made quick work of the forest trails leading towards Loch Morlich (photo 1). We picked up the single track climb reaching our high point of the day (photo 2). We took a detour to avoid a very difficult boulder field which is dangerous when carrying a bike.
We started the descent into on a newly surfaced path (photo 3) which has many big drainage bars. Everyone cleared this section with no punctures and we soon reached the steep stepped descent into the Lairig Ghru (photo 4). The top section of this is steep and twisting and is for expert bikers only.
Heading down the glen it is difficult to keep the flow going due to the rocks and eroded sections of path. This soon changes and we were able to blast the rest of the descent (photo 5) back into the Glenmore Forest.
On the way back to Aviemore we were able to pick up some awesome trails (photo 6).
The photos are from a number of separate trips over this route.
It is possible to fit this loop as part of a two or three day trip combining with the Lairig Ghru Loop and another day exploring the many natural trails in the Aviemore area. This would allow you to either travel up to Aviemore from further south and start later in the morning or finish by early afternoon allowing you time to head for home or the pub - which is only a short drive from the end of this route.
Please note: Weather conditions can make a huge impact when mountain biking in remote terrain. Help is not easily available and you should be well prepared carrying; a map, compass (and know how to use them) as well as emergency equipment and enough tools for trail-side repairs. Poor visibility can make navigation and route finding difficult with wet conditions making the trails slippery and river crossings dangerous. If you have any doubts about doing this route you should get in touch with School of Mountain Biking and we will be able to provide the added safety and reassurance of a qualified Mountain Bike Guide.
You will need to be an experienced mountain biker with good levels of fitness and using a good quality full suspension mountain bike to do this route.