Called 'Laggan Wolftrax' after the legendary 'Wolf of Badenoch', the new mountain bike routes are managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and are billed as 'mountain bike trails with bite.'
Welcome to Laggan Wolftrax. In mountain biking circles in Scotland, this centre is rapidly becoming a byword for cool. It has a cool café - BaseCamp MTB - it's in a cool location and it has very cool trails.
Called 'Laggan Wolftrax' after the legendary 'Wolf of Badenoch', the new mountain bike routes are managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and are billed as 'mountain bike trails with bite.' And with good reason - the black 'double diamond' route, in particular, has earned am reputation as possibly the most technical route constructed by trail builders in Scotland.
The black trail, measuring 6.4km and coming after a 3km fire road climb, is tight and testing, with a multitude of rock features and sizeable drop-offs, stone staircases, boulder fields and rock slabs -and there aren't any chicken runs for the faint of heart.
A good idea of the severity of some of these sections can be gleaned from their names: Two Ton Drop, The Surgeon's Slab, Heart of Darkness, Stilletto Staircase, and not forgetting the Back, Crack and Sack Attacks. These are very serious features.
The red route is more manageable for the majority. Extended in 2007 to give a fantastic 15km experience in two sections, for many riders this will prove to be the highlight. For the inexperienced it is technical and challenging; for the experienced, it strikes a nice balance between being rideable and interesting. It is hugely enjoyable. The recently completed Upper red route now uses the existing black single-track climb, and exit. With a fast descent and a choice of 'opt in' features, you will find the views that have been opened up quite stunning.
Much of the Lower red trail is narrow black shale with embedded rock obstacles, drop-offs, rock causeways, boardwalk and lots of tough little technical climbs. Look out for Air's Rock - a black option which is reminiscent of The Slab at Dalbeattie, and which can be bypassed. The Lower red route joins up with the final section of the now orange grade bike park by way of a quite exhilirating section of raised boardwalk - The Wolf Run. This twists tightly through the trees for 300 metres to deposit you on the bike park - and more to the point, the tantalising cakes on offer in the cafe.
The same fire road is used to access all trails - with an uplift service operating - with the exception of another new green-graded single-track trail also completed in 2007. With the ride out built to SUSTRANs standard, but with a proper green grade single-track for your return, young children and novices can now try real single-track to improve their skills over the 4.8km round trip.
And don't forget to test your skills on the new gateway feature at the Wolftrax car park before getting out on the trails! This is very innovative!
For a longer ride, Laggan is handily situated for a popular long distance trail, the 41.6km Corrieyairack Pass. Base Camp MTB can even organise a shuttle bus service from Laggan to Fort Augustus and the start of the Corrieyairack Pass, meaning that cars can be left at Base Camp.
Laggan Wolftrax just gets better and better and really is one of the premier centres of the UK.
Green - a 4.8km route.
Red - Red Trail, 9.4kms
Black - Black Trail, 9.6kms
Orange - Bike Park 3.6kms
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