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Oaks Fire Trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Fast fire trail, mostly downhill with some interesting single track near the end at Glenbrook. Great, steep climb to the National Parks office at the Glenbrook end. Finish at Glenbrook Train Station.
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Latitude
-33.7354753047385
Longitude
150.4874610900879
Trail Directions
Woodford Train Station
Trail Length
30km
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Woodford
   


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Review Date
July 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: drop26 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
this is a great trail if you just want a nice relaxing ride or a ride to test how quickly you can ride. has some uphills that arent too steep and some nice quick downhills. especially the last 8 K's. quick and smooth, just watch out for riders coming up the hill. at the bottom of the long downhill you reach a gate. go to the left of this gate and you will find the start of the single track. its very clearly marked. this single track is awsome. mostly downhill with only 1 or 2 slight uphills that are goo for a little rest. as it goes on it starts to get a bit rough, being quite rough at the end. near the end the single track comes out into a carpark. here you can go down the road to the way out aor you can keep going for the last little bit of single track. this last bit (about 60 meters mabey) is extremely steep and rough, keep on the brakes here. it really gets your agrenalin going and is awsome fun. it is very technical, about a 4 or a 5! this comes out at the creek crossing. follow the road out up the hill then make your way to glenbrook.

Recommended Route:
woodford station to glenbrook station.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
St. Helena, Andersons, Faulconbrige Point, Ingar



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Review Date
June 1, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: wotzapollohimalaya ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
just did it for the 4th time but i haven't been back for about 4 years
great, classic ride... fantastic for begineers
heaps of cafes in glenbrook now too!
rocky and rougher than i remember, good thing I did it on my VT this time
one of the best in sydney!

Recommended Route:
take train to woodford... and ride to glenbrook check fathippy.com.au for more instructions basically there are some hills at the start then downhill for 6kms BUT one big tar climb out of the park

Other recommended trails in the same area:
narrowneck, mthay



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Review Date
June 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Weasel , from Bondi, Sydney

Summary:
Being from the burbs good riding is very hard to find.
Oaks was a god send when i first rode it, plenty of up and plenty of down with some nice quick single track work for the last half.
The first half is the bit that gets most people with a combination of fast sweeping decents and some knarly uphill work that left me walking my Giant up as people with the benefit of not riding a DH breezed past me.
A word of warning though to first timers...
Pay attention to the weather before you ride as its as cold as buggery in the mountians but it does get better on the way down.
Also after rain (Heavy) you do get sandy washouts and ruts galore on some corners so keep your eyes peeled otherwise your going to race a mate into a corner that looks like god attacked it with a whipper snipper.
Being a 30km ride people tend to under or over estimate the amount of stuff they need to carry.
2 Tubes
1.5 litres of water and a sandwitch will see you right.
Also tools and the all importaint bag of lolly snakes for those liking a boost.
The best part overall is the single track.
Fast sweeping and almost all flat and downhill! From experence this is where all the accedents and flats happen, also remember there are bush walkers on the trail alot so keep your eyes open or your going to be in trouble.
The trail is somthing you need to ride yourself to enjoy.
First timers right through to hard core riders like this trail because of its ease of access and fun. Note:
Unless you are like me and have to get the train home have a mate meet you at the end of the trail in the carpark to save you from having to walk up the hill which is just a plain killer.

Recommended Route:
Everyone knows how to get there and there is always a few other riders around to help you if your lost on the train.
Trains to the mountians can be jumpped on at Central station and on the weekends you can get carrages with bike hooks near the doors.
Note:
It might be noisy but ride in the compartment with your bike otherwise it wont be there when you want to get off!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Andersons Fire Trail



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Review Date
January 15, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: David Bourke , from Yellow Rock (Blue Mtns)

Summary:
Total distance from Woodford to Glenbrook is 28km.
The first 12km of this ride from Woodford is undulating with some short sharp climbs.
After this it is quite easy to sit on 45-60km for approximately 5-6km. From here you come to a gate, you have the choice of riding on the singletrack or the dirt road which is either heavily rutted or sandy.
Cross the causeway and then climb up out of the national park toward the Glenbrook train station. This climb is step but is on tarmac, so it's quite easy to click an easy gear and enjoy the climb.
A moderate degree of fitness is required for this ride. The ride will take on more interest since the recent bushfires.

Recommended Route:
For those lucky enough to live near by get a lift to the entrance to the gate at Woodford. Train it to Woodford and Train it home from Glenbrook. It is free to travel with your bike on Sydney railways.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You can link Andersons Trail - Wentworth Falls to make a 60km one way ride or Ingar Trail for a slighly shorter ride.



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Review Date
November 5, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Martin , from Sydney

Summary:
The climb out of the park to Glenbrook is pretty harsh, so it's a good idea to park in the National Park and begin with it. Trains are about hourly, so find out when they run. First section from Woodford is quite steep, up and down. Mostly fast, atechnical stuff, but careful. There's a steep, off camber corner early on that was DEEPLY rutted when I did it, almost went over the side of the road. Settles down to long, very fast gradual descent, some rocky bits but just for fun, nothing to really slow you down. The singletrack at the end is fun, nothing that challenging here, but a blast to speed through, with the odd bit to make you think a little. This trail is suitable for all levels. It's challenging for beginners, and still fun for good riders.

Recommended Route:
Park at Glenbrook station or in national park (avoids hard climb at end of ride. Take train from Glenbrook to Woodford. At The Oaks Picnic Area, leave the firetrail and ride the singletrack.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
see the fat hippy's home page for a good description of Blue Mountains rides at http://www.uws.edu.au/vip/fathersa/mtb.htm



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