Cycle Sydney, Loftus Trail

Cycle Sydney, Loftus Trail Loftus is a very popular ride in southern Sydney. It’s a great course for the less experienced rider looking to graduate from fire trails to the wonderful world of single track. A few cranks of the pedals have you slipping from the southern suburbs of Sydney into a lovely mix of fire trail and single track. The numerous ride options at Loftus have seen it become a popular training loop with the shaved legged, XC crowd looking to put in some midweek miles. Terrain Mix of non-technical single track and fire trail. Trail surface is a combination of sand, loose gravel and clay. Traffic No vehicle traffic. Loftus trails can experience a large number of riders especially on weekends. Trails are dual use and are also popular with trail runners and walkers. How to Get There If catching the train, the ride is best accessed from Loftus station. Exit the station and head south along the Princess Highway. After around 1km you will cross a set of tram tracks. Loftus oval is immediately on your left. If coming by car, Loftus oval is accessible via the Princess Highway and the car park can only be entered whilst travelling south. Loftus oval is immediately on is a large car park at Loftus oval, but space can be at a premium on weekends as various team sports are played here. Food and Drink No shops or facilities are located at the trail head. A kiosk can be found nearby at Audley Weir and shops can also be found close by at Loftus or Sutherland. Side Trip Temptation Creek Fire trail – A fire trail loop leading down to Temptation Creek that will suit the more experienced and fitter riders. Details Starting at Loftus oval, the ride described here is a 23.1km loop and comprises a mix of easy single track sections and fire trail. I have included the Gorra Ridge fire trail in the return journey from Heathcote to add some variation. However if you would like to upsize your single track serving you can ignore this and simply return the same way you came. While there are no major climbs, the undulating nature of the ride does translate into a fair amount of climbing and would suit riders with an average fitness level. Lovers of technical riding may be a little disappointed by Loftus, but still, there are a few semi technical descents/climbs, a creek crossing, a small log rollover and some fun descents to sharpen the bike handling skills. Not overly technical, Loftus can be ridden by anyone with average bike handling skills and is suitable for hardtails. Most of the dual use bicycle sections of the trail have been marked with a bicycle symbol making navigation for this ride easy. The Loftus trail network is a mixture of sandy gravel and moisture holding clay soils. A number of the single track sections are poorly drained and can hold water for long periods after rain. It’s advisable to avoid this ride after any type of rain, a number of B lines are starting to open up around some of the longer lived puddles. Numerous other ride options exist within the area and any combination of trails and side trips can be linked up allowing rides from a few kilometres to all day epics. Loftus oval is often used as the starting point for a number of other rides in the area including Lady Carrington Drive, Heathcote pipe line track, and Helensburgh. Excellent trails and a close proximity to the city means Loftus is an extremely popular ride, with the trails hosting many riders—especially on weekends. Loftus oval trail network is currently involved in a MTB access trial being conducted by the NPWS. All information on rider behaviour/ habits collected will influence future MTB plans of management so please ride responsibly and follow the rider code of ethics outlined in this book. Ongoing access to this lovely trail network is dependant on riders respecting the other user groups and also the trails themselves. Although only 32km from the city, riders on the Loftus trail network have an excellent chance of sighting some of the resident wildlife. Our club regularly rides Loftus and club members have come across numerous wallabies, echidnas, possums, the odd lyrebird and occasionally even feral deer. CYCLEMAP
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 23.0
Elevation Gain (metres): 604
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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