Trail Number: #8
Loop Length: 3.6km
IMBA Difficulty Rating: Very Difficult ◆ Black Diamond
Start/Finish: La Larr Ba Gauwa Trailhead
Connected Trails: Gart Gart (#07)
Mir launches with a gruelling ascent that includes many technical features. It is the longest of the Black Diamond challenges at La Larr Ba Gauwa, and well worth it for anyone who has the ability. At the zenith, you get an eye-full of awesome with what some regard as the best lookout in the park. (You might also want to ride Werpil (#5) for comparison.
The winding, technical descent features a line down a huge granite slab, a drop section and a meticulously paved, steep granite chute.
It really can be quite challenging at times, so at many of the technical features you'll see alternative lines to get around them, if necessary.
In the language of the Dja Dja Warrung, 'Mir' means 'Cave'.
As you try to deal with the complexities of this trail, it's best not to think about the namesake Russian space station that crashed to earth in 2001.
In a word, gnarly.
Mir is a true black diamond trail.
A steep, hand-cut singletrack ascends the steep upper slopes of the southern knoll. It features two large rockslab rolldowns and difficult rock gardens. Then, a rocky descending singletrack goes the other way.
Along Mir, you'll encounter two intersections at rocky outcrops where there are signposted dangerous double-black features. Be sure to inspect these features before deciding whether to ride them—B lines let you bypass the most technical sections where it is the wiser choice.
Solid intermediate to advanced skills are a must on Mir.