Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Eagle Rock Trail
This ride combines two popular management trails and takes the rider along the flowing sandy double track of Wises Track and the newly graded fire trail of Curra Moors. Enjoyable enough in themselves, however, the real treat is found as you approach the scenic look out at Curracurrong where Curracurrong Creek flows off the ocean cliffs and awesome views of Eagle Rock can be had.
This is a regular training ride of one of my fellow Metro MTB club members and after riding it I can see why. It links two management trails in Wises Track and Curra Moors to form one reasonable length of around 17.8km return. This ride has a little bit of everything with sandy double track, a short bitumen section and a newly graded fire trail. The ride is essentially an ‘out and back’ to a fantastic, not to be missed lookout at Curracurrong in the Royal National Park.
Wises Track, whilst relatively short, is comprised of lovely flowing double track which is a real joy to ride, especially when taken at a reasonable pace. While there are no major technical challenges to contend with the trail does contain some loose sandy front wheel grabbing sections to keep riders honest. As Wises Track follows a ridge line there are some excellent views of the national park to be had along this ride and it can give riders a real sense of isolation.
Wises Track is relatively flat with only one short but steep climb with a loose surface which will have to be walked by all but the fittest riders. Curra Moors fire trail at the time of writing was being freshly graded and was extremely sandy in some spots. Curra Moors fire trail winds its way down from Sir Betram Stevens Drive on a continuous downhill to a junction with the Coast Track where the bikes can be left and a short walk takes you to the beautiful lookout at Curracurrong. Except for the initial section of Wises Track you’ll find no shade through here and it’s extremely exposed to the elements.
So be prepared for all weather conditions and carry appropriate clothing and plenty of water. Whilst there are no technical sections to speak of, the sandy nature of the trail can cause riders some interesting moments. The climb out of Curracurrong involves a significant amount of climbing and is guaranteed to get the heart rate up. Consequently this ride is not recommended for absolute beginners but more suited to riders with some basic off road experience and average fitness.
Entering the Royal National Park from Loftus, cross Audley Weir and follow Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. Approximately 5.7km after crossing Audley Weir look for a small car parking area and a small sign indicating the start of Wises Track on your right.
Food and Drink
No food or drink at the trail head. Kiosk located at Audley Weir.
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334 m / 1,096 ft
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