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Manly Dam

Average Rating:    (3.7 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Pretty cruisy afternoon ride, couple of bits that get the heart pumping. If you come at it from Wakehurst parkway the start is a pretty cool downhill firetrail chances for a few good airs on the way down. Cross the creek and follow the trail up the hill and around the ridge. After another little uphill section, look right and you will see an overgrown entrance to a single track. Follow that and let the fun begin. There is some pretty technical downhill stuff a few good drop offs. After heavy rain you'll have to ride through water and then back up to the top of the ridge before another little downhill section with drop offs and rock slides before crossing the dam wall and looping round again. Follow your nose and you'll have a pretty cool ride. If you are looking for more technical, more downhill, more adrenalin, go to Oxford Falls or Red Hill and let the imagination go
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Latitude
-33.78435509091623
Longitude
151.25967979431152
Trail Directions
There are heaps of variations on the trail and about 15 differnet ways in. The three best ones are: 1/ Off Wakehurst parkway, heading north about 1 km before Forest Way the trail drops of the right hand side of the road 2/ Off Allambie Road from the back of the football field next to the shops at the top of Allambie Road 3/ From the public picnic area, thi is the easiest to find - it's in the street directory, there are heaps of walking trails off the car park, the best one is way up the western end of the carpark
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Seaforth / Manly
   


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Review Date
March 26, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: davis_jnr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail has everything, technical uphill, downhill, firetrail, single track and is maintained well by local shops, rangers and volunteers. I would rate it as a trail that can be ridden by people with medium level bike skills its by no means hard. My old man rides it and he's close to 60 so get out there and enjoy.

Recommended Route:
Start at the bottom at the Dam and ride the road to the primary school, its a good warm up before you hit serious trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oxford Falls great tech uphills smooth downhills some are for more advanced riders. Garrigal Nat Pk great fire trails for hill training incredible night riding. Terry Hills fire trails good open fire trail lung buster though.



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Review Date
September 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: james from Mosman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Recently the rangers have done alot of work on the trig track installing board walks, removing some rocks and so on in order to prevent erosion. However this development has unfortunately made the trig track significantly less technical. But something had to be done to stop the erosion in that area I guess!



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Review Date
June 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: james from Mosman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Manly Dam is a great cross country sort of circuit that is good for beginners willing to push their abilities a bit and also more experienced riders. I started riding the course as an intermediate type rider and as my experience and abilities grew I began to enjoy the course even more as I was able to ride sections that had previously been too difficult.
These more difficult sections include the drop off at the bottom of the board walk section(Its not very high or even hard but the landing is loose and a bit sketchy and its a bit scary as there isn't much room for error if you dont get your line right)and also the only real uphill in the route is difficult to get up because of the technical rocky slope. It is good fun if you do the downhills at high speed because theres nothing too hard just enough to keep you on your toes and picking your lines carefully.
All good riders should be able to ride the whole thing without stopping, and It would usually take only about 45 minutes or less if your really racing to ride the lot so its good to ride the circuit a couple of times.
The best sections are the trig track at the beginning, the grassy downhill fire break, the downhill bits at the beginning of the first firetrail.

Recommended Route:
Start up top from the turn off to the right after seaforth oval when heading North along the Wakehurst Parkway. Up near the big watertank.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red Hill, Oxford Falls, The Cascades at Davidson, Sydney Harbour National Park from Sirius Cove to Cliffton Gardens(lots of stairs), Other side of Wakehurst parkway to Manly Dam



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Review Date
May 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: wotzapollohimalaya ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just did it 2 weeks ago
fantastic mix of single track, downhill and technical stuff AND right in the heart of sydney
really good for social rides as you can return to manly for a coffee

Recommended Route:
from manly wharf, go down pittwater rd, turn left after the japanese imported car dealership, first on your right and just follow the bike track... once you get to the main rd (KFC) go right on the left hand side of the road and look for the "to manly dam sign". you start the ride either from the water research side or the primary school



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Review Date
November 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Ken , from Sydney

Summary:
Update to my May 2002 review... the track has been re-opened. Clubs such as that run by the bike shop bikeaddiction.com.au have been doing track work days there as well, and advertise the same on their site.

Recommended Route:
As per other reviews.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red Hill and oxford falls behind the model aero club.



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