St Helens is one of the newer destinations on the Tasmanian MTB map - here's what you need to know.
By now you’ve probably heard of the new Bay of Fires Trail that descends from the tippy-top of the Blue Tier all the way down to the white sand beach and lichen-covered rocks of Swimcart Beach. It's a must-ride trail on any visit to the north-east of Tasmania, and has quickly become a favourite for anyone who rides it.
But, the 42km trail isn’t the only thing the quaint Tasmanian beach town has to offer. Launched on the same day was the St Helens Stacked Loop Network, a brand new trail network designed by the folks at World Trail. We spent a few days at the Stacked Loops late last year, and since we left the diggers have been hard at work adding new trails.
Located about 6km south of the St Helens township, the trail network is divided into two sections; the Stacked Loops which can be accessed directly from the trailhead, and consists of green and blue level trails; and the shuttle-able gravity trails at Loila Tier at the top of the network.
The trailhead itself has a small cafe, toilet blocks, tables, shade and bike wash stations; though not in the traditional sense. Instead of pressure washers designed to dislodge mud from your frame, the wash stations are there to prevent the spread of Phytophthora cinnamomi or what’s commonly known as root rot.
The Stacked Loops, as the name implies, are round trip trails starting and finishing at the main trailhead; as the distance increases, so does the difficulty of the trail. Quick loops like Over There and Swell Done are perfect for the mini shredders — they are flowy and fast, but short enough you don’t need to worry about little legs running out of steam kilometres from the trailhead. As you move out into trails like Wedged-In and Rock Lobster, the grades increase and so do the size of the jumps and tech features, though everything has a B-Line.