Variation on Besakih to Perasi with a spectaculair technical forested downhill first section. Suitable for experienced off-road riders, but can be adapted to suit most abilities.Easily asseccible from the southern resorts, Ubud or Candidasa
Starting high on the slopes of Mt. Agung, this trail descends very steeply down a tarmac road for a few hundred metres, warming your brakes right from the start. You continue downhill onto the dirt via a network of singletrack paths, which weave their way through shady coconut and bamboo groves –
all the while overshadowed by the impressive, looming bulk of GunungAgung. The first technical challenge comes at Drop Gully, a narrow defile that links the villages of the area with man-made stone steps that range from a mere bobble over a doorstep to knee-deep drops.
Continuing, you pass through an interesting area of rock quarries and accompanying villages of stonecarvers until you reach a little-known water palace at Jungutan. This is an atmospheric place to break for lunch, the stillness offset only by the sound of water spilling from the chutes and channels found all over the site.
You’re then faced with the day’s first serious hill climb which can quickly turn into a survival-of-the-fittest contest if you have competitive types in tow. From there a long ridge crest leads down towards the sea, with stunning views on either side making it hard to stay focused on what’s in front of your wheel. The final descent tails off to leave you on a inviting white sand beach from where a post-trail cool-off in the ocean is simply irresistible.