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Dural to Hornsby

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From the gate head into the fire trail - initially it would be a pretty steep uphill that continues for 200m. Then the terrain levels out to reveal a pretty flat track for about 2.5km. There's plenty of sandy bits so take care but nothing unrideable. At 2km you'll start descending into the Berowra Valley. You'll meet another fire trail so turn right. You have just joined the Great North Walk. Here the trail falls sharply into the valley, with short and brilliant flatter interludes. At the end of the long, winding descent you'll get to the crossing of Berowra Creek where there's a nice wooden bridge built for fire trucks. Where the sign advises you to "avoid" the rifle range head up the fire trail but do not follow GNW signs after this. You'll hear continuous rifle shots as you head slowly up and out of this valley but it's harmless (even though it sounds like they're shooting AT YOU!!!). After a long steep climb out of the valley you'll get to Stewart Avenue. Head straight up out of this street and you'll meet two giant water tanks on Hookhams Corner where you turn right at lights onto the Pacific Highway. Continue straight down this road to get to Hornsby. But I'm not going to waste my time writing where to get back to Penno or C'Brook - figure it out yourselves!!!
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Latitude
-33.63748924317082
Longitude
151.1114501953125
Trail Directions
As I live in Cherrybrook it makes a lot of sense to start there . . . so if you live somewhere else then find your way to Cherrybrook Shops (Pennant Hills is the closest train station). Well, you start at Cherrybrook Shops - then go back up the hill along Shepherds Drive until you get to a big roundabout. Cautiously proceed straight down County Drive and take the first right hand street (Darlington Drive) Keep going until you get to Chiswick Place whereopon you turn left. Spot a small lane out the back and head in. You should dip into a creek and head back out the other side where you would reach an oval. Head towards play equip and up the street there. Turn right into Longworth Crescent. Continue until you get to David Road. From there you head down to another big roundabout. Head straight up the hill towards crossing. Turn left into first street and head up first driveaway past a gate into Oakhill College (a poofter's school). Turn right thru car-park and head the wrong way up a small road. You'll get to a busy road (Old Northern Road). What you do here is turn right and head north - past Round Corner until you see a big Maccas and KFC signs. (well, I suppose you could eat something here but why bother???) At the roundabout turn left and immediately head into the right hand turning bay where a seafood restaurant is. Turn right into that street (Quarry Road) and continue until it ends. You'll pass another crappy school on your left, tennis courts to your right and then 2 ugly Telstra microwave towers. Here is the start of a short fire trail that takes you to Hornsby.
Trail Length
35km return to C'Brook via Penno
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Sydney
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Review Date
January 31, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Robbo14 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Be warned, National Parks have completed extensive works on this trail in recent months. There have been two very serious accidents in the last week involving experienced cyclists, who have been riding the trail for a number of years.

The issue is around new conservation mounds (used to divert water) which are now very high/ steep and should not be hit at high speed (cause of both accidents).

Other than that a great trail. Climbs/ descents are very steep.

Previous reviewers comments are still accurate, albeit some side tracks are now overgrown.



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Review Date
March 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mark page ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great ride with plenty of variety on 4WD access trail (limited single track ridden). Distance about 10km's & allow 1.5 hr's, each way, longer if exploring side trails. But as with all rides in Sydney's Northern Suburbs / Hills District being set on a sand stone plateau, easy on the flat, great fun flying down hills launching off erosion control bumps, fitness test struggling up loose rocky hills (heart attack & chain breaking material)often sealed on steepest sections to aid access of 4WD fire trucks. No mobile phone coverage at bottom bridge crossing. Don't get too carried away with having fun erosion bump jumping near the bottom of high speed descents - trails either cross rocky creeks or turn suddenly, with little room to slow down or take avoiding action.

Recommended Route:
Sealed sections & erosion control humps mainly on longer Dural side - Hornsby side seems shorter but mostly loose surface beside rifle range. Distances given by others approx only, my cycle computer says shows 20% difference. Exiting to Galston Gorge via very steep 0.5km walk on Dural side carrying bike.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt Colah fire loops 4km start Arthurs Circle & ends Flinders Place, Berowra Heights 6km fire trail start Redwood Av & end Berkeley Close, Horsby Heights 7km fire trail start Crinda St & end above Galston Gorge. Cowan, Peak Hill ridge 5km access via Old Pacific Hwy / F3 Freeway bridge & illegal rail line crossing to begin at top of hill then down to Brooklyn.



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Review Date
April 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: David R , from Dural

Summary:
No one else has talked about these so I decided to put in my two cents worth and maybe make this trail a little more interesting then just sticking to the main firetrail. 1) Enter in through the gates of the firetrail. Head up the hill and in about 300 metres you'll see a white monument (almost looks like a lamp post, but some idiots smashed the glass). Anyway turn right to head down a narrow technical track that leads down to a small cliff face. It's pretty technical for this area but nothing you won't be able to get past with some persistence. The track narrows at some parts with trees that overhang the track, so I suggest to wear a long sleeve top so that you don't get cut up. Some small drops and a tree that has come down across the track that you will have to crawl under.. Hey it's all fun :) The trail is about 1.2km down to the bottom. no one ever rides this trail, as i never see any fresh bike tracks through there every time i go down and it's one of the best tracks on this trail. 2)Enter in through the main firetrail entrance. About 1.5-2Km into the track there will be a small trail off to the left. You can head down for another narrow trail that heads to this rocky, sought of steep, decent, then through a small trail again to the cliff face that over looks the valley. There some good basic technical riding down here which makes heaps of fun. There's a small sand mound at the beginning of the track, so when you exit the track, build up speed and get some air :)
3) Head into the track about 3km into it you'll start decending down to a huge open area that splits to a hard left, or you can just keep going straight. If you miss the left turn cause your absolutely flying down the hill :) don't worry cause it make a circle and you can just come all the way around again. Head down this track. There are some nice mounds heading down this track which you can get some good air on :) This track loops around and then comes back to the main firetrail. At around half way into the loop you'll see a very small entrance into the Galston gorge track and it also leads to the crossroads which is a good 7km away from here. This track is highly technical and requires good padding. I flipped over the handle bars once and landed in the trees :) and had to carry my bike through alot of the way. Towards the bottom where you almost reach Glaston Gorge (near the river) it was way too narrow to get my bike through so I had to carry it back up again. If anyone knows of a way around this can you please e-mail me or post a reply ?? If not as soon as i work one out i'll let you all know. It's about 600m to this point where i could not go any further and had to head back up. I've taken some photos of the main firetrail so you can check it out, I'll take my camera down again shortly and take some more of these other trails. http://www.geocities.com/nitrosoxide_99

Recommended Route:
The Hidden Tracks
1) Head into the firetrail and at the white monument turn right to head down some basic technical riding.
2) Head into the firetrail and at the first fork turn left to head down to a nice overlook of the valley.
3) Turn left after the big descent about 1/4 of the way into the track to head to the Galston Gorge/Crossroads track.



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Review Date
January 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Solo , from Dural

Summary:
A short climb leads to flat area which meanders along there are some sand areas which can throw you if you are not ready for them. Trail heads down into the valley, you will come to a y junction turn right and continue to follow the trail there are more steep down sections which are quite fun as long as you have good brakes as after one steep section you need to turn right and if you are going too fast or your brakes give out be prepared to get off your bike fast even if means running into something as there is no run off area. You should come to a wooden bridge cross this and follow the trial to the left this will continue up some steep climbs which eventually leads out to Stewart Avenue. I usually turn around here and repeat the ride the other way . This ride is not technical at all but requires stamina and strength as the hill climbs are steep. Good for increasing fitness

Recommended Route:
I usually ride it from Dural to Hornsby and back again. Start at end of Quarry Road as described



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Review Date
January 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Ian Rufford , from Sydney, Australia

Summary:
Hmmm, I would (if you start at Quarry) not head out of the trail at stuart Ave Hornsby but instead look for the trail left at the back of the houses at the gate at the top of the hill. When you follow this it follows a fun firetrail which undulates steeply. The condition of the trail is good and if you are fit, it is fun. Keep going for maybe 4kms and take the left firetrail down to Galston George, down down down. Sucker! Now climb out and back home.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Great North Walk between Cherrybrook shops and Westleigh ( check your UBD ), nice single track sections.



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