St James Cycle Trail

High-country cycling

High-country cycling

St James Cycle Trail: High-country cycling

If you’re on the hunt for a demanding and unforgettable journey through stunning scenery of mountain peaks, high country lakes, alpine meadows, beech forests and expansive grassy flats… the St James might be your calling. 

Suitable for fit, experienced mountain bikers, the ride will take 6-9 hours, or spread it out over a couple of days by stopping overnight in campsites or staying in one of three huts.  

Make sure you allow plenty of time to soak in the Cow Stream Hot Spring in Peter’s Valley. There’s nothing like relaxing in the natural hot springs amongst the stunning high-country scenery.  

The first and final sections of the trail are easy to intermediate grade 2. The middle leg features some advanced grade 4 terrain with river crossings and bike carrying in places.

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