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the cascades

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

ROCKY at the top and very fast with good drop offs. Hard packed clay with sandy top.Downhillers playground full sus a necesity
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Latitude
-33.72587446762589
Longitude
151.18187427520752
Trail Directions
turn off monavale rd into douglas st follow all the way untill you find a little dead end on the left of douglas st. go into the bush from here.
Trail Length
3 kilometeres
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
sydney / st ives
   


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Review Date
December 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tim ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just got back (right now) from riding this trail. Absolutely amazing. So many different tracks you can take. I literally spent 3 hours exploring there today!

Oh and I did it on a Specialized Hard Rock w/ clip-in pedals and meatier tyres the only upgrades. So it CAN be done on a hardtail, a basic one at that.

I wouldn't call this track advanced per se, there are some technical climbs and definitely get your legs ready for the burn on the way back up.

Recommended Route:
Start at Douglas, ride all the way through the cascades trail, come out on the road and turn Left, then turn Left on Haight Street, and left on Elm, and up to the end where there is another fire trail which will lead to the power station. Take the track on the right which leads to Health Trail, and take that down until you get to the first junction off to the left. Take that and climb out - it will take you to Mona Vale road eventually and you can ride along the road till you get to Douglas and back to your car! Doing this in reverse is fun too...



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Review Date
February 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: SPyX , from Sydney

Summary:
It is a good track, depending on the weather, it can be a bugger -also taking in account the previous weather before you went on the ride, like if it was raining before you go, it can be erosion sometimes if it had been raining, revealing the rocks and can make it a bit of a rough ride occasionally, but not too bad :D At the top is some small jumps, and a very narrow bush-bashed track loop, which can be fun to ride, even though it is short.. Give it a go! And tell me how you liked it!

Recommended Route:
Go straight down to the bottom, then head up right just after the creek, and then keep going until you hit the flatish area up the top. Then it is up to you which way you go back, most of the trails head in the same direction so you may feel lost at first, but turns out to be the right way :D



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Review Date
November 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: scott

Summary:
need to have good tyres for taking fire trail at very high speed, as i have seen a friend eat the dust over one of the rollers. good fitness ride as there are a number of uphill sections and you must ride out of the valley at the end.

Recommended Route:
have only done main fire trail to bottom and then explored round there but would like to find some more technical stuff to keep me on my toes.
As for the running arguement on this web page, guys, have a look at the world outside and realise that in the big picture, riding a bike down a hill doesnt really mean anything. GET OVER IT !!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
pennant hills near oval, some great mixed riding for all levels.



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Review Date
May 30, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Stephen , from Sydney

Summary:
This track is great. I can leave home and be back in 1HR Usually ride this track 2-3 times a week(being so close to home and all). It is fun because there are so many different routes to take. It has really good downhills and great uphills. Some of the corners are very Rockey and dont like speed. I learnt that the hard way... Depending on which route you take there are many different styles of rides you can take. You can go in at Frenchs Forest and come out at Frenches Forest. Or you can go in at St Ives and come out at Frenchs Forest or Belrose. Really great track.

Recommended Route:
Go in from Ralston Ave and then come out at Borginis.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red Hill, Oxford Falls, Morgan Road.



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Review Date
May 2, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Hamish , from West Pymble

Summary:
I have ridden this trail a number of times with a few blokes from work and it is a very pleasant track that can be enjoyed by riding at a leisurely pace. On the other hand put in some effort and ride a little faster and it gets very interesting, just watch out for walkers. I have also used it as a short cut when riding to work from Pymble to Frenchs Forest as it cuts a few kms off but adds a cracker of a descent and a climb as a penalty. It is a great track for beginners to intermediate riders, as it is all fire trail, to practice their skills and have a nice ride at the same time. Be sure to explore all the side tracks as there are a number of interesting climbs out of the valley.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
- Oxford Falls mountain bike circuit around Warringah Radio Control Society oval.



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