Cotter Pines is the latest addition to riding in Canberra and is the result of a collaborative effort between the volunteer-based Kowalski Brothers Trailworks, Iconic Trails, and ACT Government Sport and Recreation.
Community built trails
About half an hour from the centre of Canberra, Cotter Pines traverses a 360ha pine plantation, with nearly 19 trails and about 16km of singletrack. The network has a mix of old-school hand-built trails, with a smattering of tight twisty corners, and of course, some machine-built singletrack designed to be railed at speed. Be sure to stop at the Eagle Rock Lounge and take in the view of Stony Creek Reserve.
There is a detailed trail map at the start of The Spine trail near the main carpark, and each trail is clearly signposted.
To get to Cotter Pines, head up Cotter Road and hang a right after you cross the river onto Brindabella Road. When you start to see the pine trees, you know you’re headed in the right direction.
Stop for a swim and a BBQ
The Cotter River and Casuarina Sands are just down the hill, ideal for a post-ride swim or BBQ, and the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail is also nearby, a short 1km walk that ends in an amphitheatre-style platform overlooking the Dam.
Cotter Pines is a little out of town, so come prepared with food, water and whatever else you may need on your ride. When it comes time for a post-ride burger and a beer, The Handlebar at the bottom of Stromlo is the closest spot.