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About Nearly Gnarly, Pemberton MTB Park
This trail is a hidden delight for the XC enthusiast. Starting from the trailhead on the south side of the ‘Pump Hill’ trails, Nearly Gnarly winds its way through dense regrowth that makes for a unique riding experience. The first half of the trail features fast sweeping sections with rollers and logs, punctuated by pinch climbs and switchbacks that make it a true cross-country trail. After crossing Easy Peasy, the trail becomes more descent-focussed and the regrowth is so dense it almost forms a tunnel overhead. This only adds to its enchantment and riders will feel ‘in the zone’ as they are swept around hidden bends that eventually deliver them to the bottom of Pump Hill Road.
Locals Tip: The second half of the trail, after the intersection with Easy Peasy, contains the least pinch climbs and is faster and more flowy. A fun segment on its own.
Nearly Gnarly is part of the Pemberton MTB Park
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Time / Duration
What To Pack
Group C (Mountain bike trails) required.
What To Pack
Group C (Mountain bike trails)
- Group A and B items (see Trail Tips) plus
- Gloves to prevent blisters
- Spare inner tubes or puncture repair kit, pump, tool kit
- Mountain bike shoes and clipless pedals are recommended
Additional Useful ItemsBring your bathers for a swim at Pemberton Pool after your ride
Nearly Gnarly is accessed from the trailhead on the south side of the ‘Pump Hill’ trails. Entry to the trail is on the left
The trail ends at Heaven and Hard Work, a fire trail that takes you down to the bottom of Pump Hill Road opposite the car park.
Recommended for moderate intermediate riders with some technical mountain biking experience. Typically narrow trails with loose, soft, rocky or slippery sections and hills with short steep sections. Riders will encounter obstacles and technical trail features.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
FacilitiesToilets, BBQs and picnic facilities are located at Pemberton Pool
- BBQ Facilities
- Bicycle Rack
- Car Park
- Coach Parking
- Dog Friendly
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
All year round. Spring - September to November there are lots of wildflowers about.
Road or Bus to Pemberton, 327km (3.5 hours) drive south of Perth
Prohibited ItemsMotor bikes are prohibited
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