Skedala Orange Loop Counter Clockwise

Orange is a technical route with some tough climbs, and some tougher descents. There are a few sections that I would consider to be downhill. It has seen a lot of trail development in 2020 by Halmstad MTB club. It now features some berms and jumps. It’s a pretty dry trail, and it has some lovely sections that can be really beautiful given the right light. Be ready for a workout. GPX Files.

This is the 2019 route that doesn’t include in new additions to the trail. The original trail is still ridable.

Total distance: 4327 m
Total climbing: 138 m
Download file: Skedala_Orange_Counter_clockwise.gpx

We started Orange from the Torvsjön side, up what is known as Hästbacken, or the horse hill. As it’s a popular route to ride horses. Not subtle, I know. This climb is tough, not just because it is steep, but because the horses have knocked rocks free so grip is a challenge. There are two orange marked offshoots during the climb, I recommend staying on the main trail.

Orange’s long climb up Hästbacken

This long rough climb will bring you out onto a gravel road, bad news, the climb continues and it’s gonna hurt. Before you reach the top there is another orange offshoot to your right. This joins up with the lookout loop on Red. The true Orange, with the downhill you’ve been working so hard for is at the top of the gravel climb on your left.

Good bike handling skills do not automatically transfer to good camera handling skills

There are two fun, technical drops on this section, both have clear runout if you are brave enough. After the second drop the trail heads down towards the gravel climb you just came up. Look for tracks heading to your right into the bush for an extension to the trail.

Good, technical descents and challenging climbs

You will come out on the long gravel climb, the trail heads to the right towards Toftasjön. This is quick with a few worthwhile jumps. It ends and the lake and then heads to the left of the water where you will have to carry for a little.

When the lake ends, skip the last 400m of orange and ride the better ridden main trail back to Torvsjön. The orange segment is an unrideable bog. This gets you back to the starting spot (for our run, at least)

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