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Sparrow Hill

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

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Lots of great fast flowing XC singletrack and some more technical sections. Definitely some of the best riding around Canberra. If it''s your first time out there just follow the CORC red arrows to do the 23km loop. You won''t regret it. Can''t believe no one has put Sparrow Hill up on here before.
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Latitude
-35.32633026307483
Longitude
149.36616897583008
Trail Directions
Through Queanbeyan, towards the coast on the kings highway. The gate is 11.5kms past the catex roundabout on the right. Jump over the fence and enjoy. Please don't park in front of the gate.
Trail Length
Plenty to keep you busy Kilometers
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Canberra
State/Territory/Province
ACT
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Review Date
July 2, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: granke ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you're after endless XC trails that swoop up and down and undulating landscape swerving to and fro as they do so - Sparrow Hill is heaven! The trails are built in a mature pine forest and there must be at least 50km of them. There are no long or very steep climbs nor anything that could be considered downhill. However there a number of jumps and drop-offs (all with chicken runs) and a couple of rock gardens but technically any intermediate rider should be up to it. What Sparrow Hill is great for is fast flowing track that doesn't repeat or disappoint. They held the Mont 24h at Sparrow Hill in 2009 for good reason! This is not just my opinion, Chris Southwood, in Australian Mountain Bike June 09 issue said "It only takes a couple of minutes riding to remember why I was so excited about coming and racing at Sparrow Hill. The track absorbs me and straight away I'm packing an idiotic smile as flowing turn after turn threads through the pine trees ahead. It's exceptionally cool riding, just pure flow. Nothing technical to catch you out, but superb effortless carving turns that reward good cornering technique and let you ride for kilometres without even touching the brakes. The undulating terrain of Sparrow Hill means that serious climbs are non-existent, instead the trail sweeps back and forward and any climbs are eaten up in a few gradual switchbacks... its perfect riding, track builder, Paul Cole's... best creation yet."

Recommended Route:
A network of trails which can be ridden as a loop. See map http://www.corc.asn.au/images/maps/map_sparrow.jpg.

I normally ride up the dirt road to the toilet, go through the gate and then take the trail visible in the trees on the right. After that follow your nose. If you want bail out at any time there are red arrows at each intersection with forestry roads that indicate the way back to the trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt. Majura, Mt Stromlo



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Review Date
August 21, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jimmyd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Sparrow Hill is located in the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra). However, you have to drive through Queanbeyan to get there, not that it is an issue. It is about 10.5 kms from the Red Rooster on the corner of the exit roundabout in Queanbeyan. You will not miss the cars parked there on a weekend.

These trails flow really well. There are 2 guys who built the whole network. They deserve major props. There really is something for everyone here, trail riding wise. If you are into freeriding or downhill, you would be better suited checking out other mountains such as Majura and Stromlo for dedicated DH runs.

Recommended Route:
From the carpark, you can follow the posted arrows and have a 25km (ish) Outer route, or pick and choose certain trails for all sorts of times and distances. There are signs suggesting inner, outer, A and B loops.

It is easy to spend an hour or 4 out on these trails.

A strange trait of Sparrow Hill is that you can see 30 cars at the trail head but only see a couple of riders out on the trails.

It is best to follow the arrows as quite a few of the trails are direction specific, and really flow exceptionally well in their intended orientation.

The majority of the trails are IMBA green, they can be hammered or cruised, depending what sort of mood you are in.

Highlights include: Bobsled, Sidewinder, Sparrow Loop (nice and technical 2.5km section), Wonderland, Rigor Mortis. Of course these are just my standouts.

The whole course is easily done in middle chainring. You can ride a hardtail, or Full suspension trail bike. My thoughts are that a 4-5" travel bike is pretty close to perfect for these trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You can download a map of Sparrow Hill at www.corc.asn.au - Well worth it. Other trails in the ACT include Stromlo, Majura, Kowen and Jerrabomberra.

Probably best to wear dark condition specific eyewear (lighter tints) due to the density of the pine forest.



Comments
Darth (09/18/2008)
it takes about 10min of riding to get a feel for the flow of these trails, once you are in the zone you'll find the harder you push the more rewarding the trails become. Definitely for XC junkies, no gay-ass contrived pieces to spoil your flow, crrrrrank it!
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