At a Glance
Fire trail with some single track options, linking the Murrua Track at North Turramurra with the Grosvenor Track at North Wahroonga.
I just obtained copies of maps put out by the NPWS which apparently are the final word on MTB access. Most of the popular trails are there as MTB legal with a few notable exceptions :
1 The section of Sandy Trail West of the the Cooyong/ Neverfail is classed as a walking trail . This is disappointing as it means the 20klm loop around Duffy's Forest is no longer possible.
2 The Cullamine Trail is walking only
3 The only egress from the top of the Quarry Track is shown as direct to Mona Vale Road through the tip
4 Cowan track is walkers only
The meeting times are 'ready to ride'. If you need time to prepare equipment then please arrive a few minutes earlier.
Staples Lookout, Woy Woy Road. At the top of Kariong Hill, turn off the Central Coast Highway (formerly Pacific Highway) onto Woy Woy Road. Continue for about 5km until you come to Staples Lookout carpark on the LEFT. It is well sign posted with an information sign before the carpark: SCENIC LOOKOUT 300m. Park here.
Great ride for Newbies (I'll be bringing a few novice riders from my soccer team) or anyone just wanting to get the legs moving. These are mostly fire-trails and access trails, with very little technical riding but challenging hills without being impossible. Much of the track has been graded recently so it is quite fast in sections. Very similar terrain to The Oaks. If you find it too easy, just ride faster!
I'm looking at a cross country, dual suspension for under $2500. Almost half my riding will be ON-ROAD.
I will be using it for moderate/difficult fire trails and UP/DOWN bush tracks (no huge drops, no extreme downhill). My main concerns are LIGHTWEIGHT (14kg max) and at least front SUSPENSION LOCK.
Currently considering (all around $2000):
1/ Scott Aspect FX 15 (front & back lock suspension, 13.9kg)
2/ Specialised FSR-XC Comp (highly reccomended by a friend).
3/ Giant Anthem 2 <--- The talk of the town (fantastic front fork, excellent value, propedal)
At a Glance
A technical single trail that complements the Oaks in the Blue Mountains. This trail is either an out and back, about 8km each way. Or an out leg towards a cliff escarpment with an extremely technical descent that is hike-a-bike only (eg. you have to carry your bike down and out the other side), about 20km in total.