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Canoelands Ridge

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No. of Reviews: 3

double track for the entire distance, shared between National Parks, Gas and electricity companies. Some steep climbs and decents, good condition for most of it
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Latitude
-33.90689555128866
Longitude
151.1279296875
Trail Directions
Take Old Northern Rd from Castle Hill, turn right into Canoelands Rd. this is approx. 15 km / 9 miles North of Glenorie. Continue down Canoelands Rd. for 7.5km / 5 miles, take the road to the right at this point then a further .5km to the start of the trail.
Trail Length
20.8 km / 13 miles out and back.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Sydney
   


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Review Date
July 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: crux32 ,  Weekend Warrior , from Glenwood, NSW, Australia

Summary:
Difficult trail. Many uphills that we had to walk. Had turn turn back at the 5.2km mark due to time constraints. Our 10.4km trip took us 2 hours car to car. When we go back, we will be allowing 4 hours for the full 20km, assuming the third gulley is worse than what we had already done. The second major hill is about 1km long, and starts at the 3.5km mark - it was waaaay too hard for us to make it to the top but was good fun on the way back!!!

Recommended Route:
Just want to clarify how to get there, as we drove the road a few times (but that may be due to my wife's navigating)!! Canoelands Ridge Rd is about 24 km further down Old Northern Road after the big roundabout at Dural. Follow Canoelands Rd for 7.5km, at which point it becomes a T intersection. Continue along Canoelands Rd (right hand branch) for 400m. At this point there is a small dirt road off to the left, where you will find the NPWS gate, and parking for 3 - 4 cars. It is currently 'closed' at the moment, but we saw another pair of MTBers and 6 walkers, so I guess noone is taking it too seriously.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For the masochists out there, we rode Porters Rd about a year back (rated in the top 10 hardest 4WD tracks in Australia) and thought it was about similar to ride to this. The gate at Porters has been



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Review Date
April 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tim , from Berowra

Summary:
A challenging trail as the ride is along a ridge which is essentially a link between 4 peaks. We did the first two gulleys then ran into bike problems so had to turn back. The first gulley is quite rideable. The second is a lot harder and I hold my hat off to you if you can ride it. The third one we could see and looked as bad as the second one. While the ride is quite bushy, you are quite open to the elements so wear some sun cream. There are good views along the way, both to the left and the right. I imagine the whole ride is going to be about 3 hours, but we will tell you when the bike gets fixed and we do the ride again, because it is one that we will be doing again.

Recommended Route:
Take Old Northern Rd from Castle Hill, turn right into Canoelands Rd at the bush fire brigade. Continue down Canoelands Rd. for 7.5km / 5 miles, take the road to the right at this point then a further .5km to the start of the trail. There is parking by the gate to the trail, which is set off the road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try any of the trails in the Marramarra national park to the south of canoelands. Marramarra Ridge trail is a challenge with some long hills. Calabash bay is interesting, but a little overgrown. Coba ridge is good, but a little easy at the beginning, then becoming overgrown.



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Review Date
February 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by: Glenn , from Galston

Summary:
The track is in good condition for most of its length, there are quite a few steep climbs and decents. An experienced rider would probably ride the entire distance I've got to admit I pushed the bike on some of the steeper sections. Great views of the Hawkesbury River at 5 or 6 points along the track. The track ends at Gentlemans Rest, this is one of the better lookouts but unfortunately they have put a high tension power tower there. I did not want to glow in the dark so did not stop there for too long. At 9km on the way out there is another great lookout but be warned it is also popular with the local bull ant community. These are the big guys, black and about 3cm long. There is a small creek crossing at 9.8km, not sure if it runs all year, not sure if its drinkable. No other water available on the track. This track needs some care, some of the climbs/descents are steep and loose, you need to have reasonable skills and be quite fit.

Recommended Route:
Depends on how far you want to ride and if you want to keep away from traffic. You could start at any point on Old Northern Rd. or at the turn off into Canoelands Rd. I started at the track head so total distance was 20.8km



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