It was a cold start - 1 degree at 7am, but the forecast was for dry weather. I was on the road by 6.45am, and due to the early start and school holidays, I was in Waroona just after 8am for a coffee. I had a short drive to the Lake Navarino Forest Resort and had a quick look around before hitting the trail at 8.45am. I joined the Trail about 400 m away at the Dam. It was a cold ride down that short steep hill. But the uphill from Samson Brook, only 5 km in, had me sweating. I had to walk some of that - it was steep and long.
At the 2.5km mark, the map appears to show the trail turning to left at T junction with Scarp Rd. However, track goes straight into single track at this intersection, but there is no marker. You can easily see the stop sign for other direction right in front of you.
After Waterous, the Trail also did not follow my map. Instead of following that loop around to join Hoffman Rd then rejoin the Munda Biddi near Hoffman Mill at Cowna Rd, the Trail cut from Willowdale across to Manyup after going around the bauxite conveyor. The map at Lake Navarino Forest resort is accurate so use that - I have posted a picture of it in the gallery.
I stopped at the Waterous on the map, where there are toilets ( I didn't see water though). I think the mill was in this vicinity. I also stopped at the township but there is nothing to see there. I had a break under the giant ferns on Kooyong form as well.
I had a break at Bidjar hut, which was very clean and tidy - even the leaves had been raked up! Well done to who ever is responsible.
The hill out of Nanga was another long tiring climb, especially at the end of a big day. I got lost at one junction not far from Lake Navarino. The marker post was lying there but it was unreadable on the direction. I guessed straight on, but when I hit Scarp Rd 300m later I knew I had to back track and I should have turned left. I will see if I can remove that 600m "detour" out of the map.
I saw lots of kangeroos near Lake Navarino in the morning and lots of emus coming back in the afternoon. I saw a pair of walkers from Adelaide on North Junction Form and a few four wheel drives in the same area, but otherwise I had the Trail to myself. I was back at my car by about 3.30 pm.
Had 6 riders with us on an overnight camping trip. Drove to Lake Navarino Forest Resort via Waroona to drop the vehicles but had to go back to Waroona for lunch as the kitchen was shut. Started riding about 1pm. There was a short section of trail riding, but then the rest was on Nanga Brook Rd, a sealed road. We were then diverted down Dawn Creek Road instead of going to Nanga as per the map, cutting over 10km out of our route ( this diversion is still in place as of May 14). As a result we were at the Bidjar hut by about 2.30pm! Went to the stream and waterfall and we all enjoyed that, before starting our night camping routine.
Next day, the trail was diverted because of mining so we spent abit of time on a gravel roads - not really what we came out here for. There was a nice section by Willowdale Road where we saw enormous tree ferns that were growing along the stream - they were sensational. Another section of single track was poorly maintained and had many trees down across it in the 1~2km - the trees made it a walk not a ride. (This area is subject to a diversion as of June 2014, so you get to see even less of the good stuff!) Back at the start point around lunch time. I forgot to record times & distances, but instead of the 41km I planned, I am sure it was only about 30km. About three quarters of it was on gravel or sealed roads. If you want a circuliar route with a hut in between, then this route would be ok if there was not so much gravel or sealed roads. The Bidjar hut was very nice as usual, the tree ferns were fantastic. This could be an ideal first overnight ride for novice Munda Biddi users.