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Castle Hill

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Mostly short steep singletrack, with fire roads interlinking them. Some newer trails have been buile with bridges,ramps & jumps
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Latitude
-27.563373571290082
Longitude
152.64301300048828
Trail Directions
Corner of Mary & Thomas Streets, Blackstone
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Ipswich
   


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Review Date
October 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Denis N. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Castle Hill gets its name from the castle-like house built on it in the 19th century by a local mining magnate, but demolished many years ago. The same individual owned many coal mines which have left the hill undermined and unsuitable for building. There are numerous linked cross country tracks and a downhill course with several variations. Shuttling is difficult for downhillers, so a tiring walk is part of the DH experience. Some tracks have "stunts" such as ramps, but they are not all well built or maintained. Check before riding!

Recommended Route:
From the carpark, ride a short distance down Mary Street to the railway crossing and turn left into the bush. Bear right before the downhill finish area and start climbing. You are now on a singletrach network which has several options, all leading up the hill eventually. From then on, it's a matter of looking for various tracks heading off the fire roads / 4WD tracks further up the hill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Rock, accessed from the picnic area and carpark at the end of School Road, Redbank Plains, has some epic rides. It is mostly fire road, and the singletrack which does exist tends to be too sandy for mountain bikes. It's better after rain.



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Review Date
March 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Castle Hill Is a great place to ride, well worth checking out if you live in the Ipswich area. I have been riding there reguarly for the last 4 or so years, however i went up yesterday (11/03/04) and that was my first time up there in nearly a year! and i discovered to my surprise that the majority of the singletracks up there were very neglected and badly overgrown. Obviously they don't get used much anymore, however there was a new DH track which i rode and was grat fun. If you feel like a blast, the DH track is great, and you should be able to get away with going hard down it on a non DH bike with no worries at all.

Recommended Route:
It's easy! Park your car at the community hall on the corner of Mary and Thomas Streets, Blackstone and then ride your pushie following mary street down over the railway line X2 and the road will vear to the left. This will go for about 1km or so. Then when you reach a dirt road turn left and follow the fire trail up and go from there. For more info or if your looking for a riding partner, drop me a mail - DanielCave84@hotmail.com

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I'm told there are tracks in the bush at Redbank, but i have no idea where they start. Also the Dual Slalom track at Lobb St Churchill is fun.



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Review Date
December 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Muzwon ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is an awesome Mtb Park! There are tracks to suit all riders including the Down Hillers. I've been riding there for the past year and I'm still finding new tracks. There are some really difficult tracks for the pro's but are plenty of tracks for the novice to intermediate.

Recommended Route:
Up the hill, then down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None that I know of!



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Review Date
September 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rinks , from Gold coast

Summary:
This track is fun, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was a bit more fitter. I struggled a bit on the uphill, but coming down was awsome and i loved it.
There is also some good little jumps around that were fun.



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Review Date
August 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: roKeMS , from Brisvegas

Summary:
There's no map of this place. There's two hills in a 1km sq area. Take any fire road up and explore. There's no duds here.

Recommended Route:
All the tracks in here are great. You can park at the cnr of Mary and Thomas or keep going down Mary until you hit dirt.
Ride your pushie up the fire road that goes up and to the left and bingo! Track-a-rama! DH, XC, FR and NS. It's all here!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beats the shit outta me!



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