Bali Crater Rim

Mountain bike along the rim of a volcanic crater, then rip down to the ocean!

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
24 km
Ascent
323 m
Descent
2 km
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
18 m
High Point
1.7 km
Gradient
13˚
Bali Crater Rim Map

Imagine pedaling along the rim of a massive volcanic crater, then plunging off the edge and ripping down a steep mountainside all the way to the ocean far, far below. Sound like a fantasy? Well, your dream can become a reality on this epic ride in the north of Bali!

Description

Be forewarned: it’s not all fun and games. Even though this ride is a “shuttle run,” it’s an arduous day in the mountains fraught with challenging mountain biking and frustrating navigation.

The trail itself consists of a mix of dirt roads, doubletrack, and some stretches of singletrack. A few sections of sublime singletrack make for good photo ops, but the top-tier bits of trail are few and far between. The vast majority of the route is boring or downright difficult, with unpredictable washouts in many places. In others, moon dust and shifting soil add additional and seemingly unnecessary challenge. Some portions of this trail do provide delightful, chunky rock gardens and a few ledge drop opportunities. And some sections of the doubletrack are fast and wide-open!

This mountain bike ride is difficult to access and almost impossible to navigate, even with a guide. Without a guide, traveling here is ill-advised. I rode with Bali Mountain Biking, and wouldn’t consider going back to ride this again without them.

Mountain biking the Bali Crater Rim is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but this unique experience is a mixed bag with dramatic highlights and low points alike. Brave it if you dare!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • Road sections
  • Drops
  • Rock Gardens