Yirra Kartta to Kwokralup Beela

Munda Biddi Trail

Start

Yirra Kartta Hut

Time

4-8 Hours

Finish

Kwokralup Beela Hut

Date Ridden

5th September 2021

Length

58.6km

Elevation

1227m

Traditional Custodians

Minang People

The Ride - Staying in our first campsite since just before Donnybrook (Nglang Boodja), the afternoon at Yirra Kartta was a refreshing return to the camping aspect of the Munda Biddi Trail. The granite dome here is one of the highlights of the whole track and we enjoyed a few trips up and down over the course of the evening and night (see last post for many photos). It was my plan to wake up early and get up there for sunrise but getting out of my sleeping bag once my alarm went off was a challenge after a late night trip to shoot the Milky Way. After debating with myself about leaving the comfort of my little cocoon, I came to the conclusion that I might not be here for a while so I would make the most of the time that is given to me. 

Scrambling up the side of the granite, still yawning, the sun had been up for just under an hour and the skies were starting to turn a vivid blue. While it wasn't Mount Chance levels of fairy floss beauty, there was the tail end of a slight fog rolling around the forest that looked pretty cool when the morning god rays streamed through. I sat on the cool granite for a while, reflecting on the experience so far and thinking about the day ahead that would involve a bit of climbing but through an area that I absolutely adore from all my previous visits to the South West. Feeling a bit chilly, I headed back down to see if Aron was awake yet and to get back into my sleeping bag to warm up. Based on the time stamps on my photos and our leaving time, I think I must have stayed in bed for a good amount of time as we didn't end up leaving camp until just before 9am. I had mapped this day out as being about 56km (with the optional side trip included) and a lot of climbing so with our typical average speed so far plus breaks, it would be another late arrival into camp.

 

Enjoying a brew and Clif Bar for breakfast, we eventually got going and my morning weather check revealed that perhaps for one day we weren't going to get rained on. Leaving camp via the single trail that Aron had come in on the previous afternoon, we soon joined Bull Road as it continues through the forest. While not overly pleased to be riding on similar roads that we experienced for most of the previous day, this stretch did allow for a different perspective of the granite dome as we rode by. These first few kilometres weren't anything to write home about with wide vehicle tracks at least allowing for a faster pace when I wasn't stopping to photograph the various wildflowers along the edge of the trail. Arriving at the end of the vehicle track riding, you enter the forest and start cycling along some single track that thanks to the vegetation cover, provided a cool change. It isn't long before things open up again and you are presented with these glorious vistas as the trail enters the Munda Biddi equivalent of the Pingerup Plains.