Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Kanangra Walls Trails
The view from Kanangra Walls is again one of the best views in the Blue Mountains, if not the state. This loop ride utilises fire trails on the top of Kanangra Plateau starting and finishing from the Boyd River camping area. It visits a magnificent lookout overlooking the Kanangra Walls before backtracking slightly to take in the Morong Creek and Boyd River Fire trails. The majority of the cycling is on flowing double track which is lined with beautiful snow gums and the odd creek crossing. To top it off the ride is suitable for riders of all skill levels.
Kanangra-Boyd National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. It occupies an area of roughly 68 276 hectares and contains stunning lookouts, wild rivers, and vast gorges. The views have been popular for a fair while as ‘Kanangra’ is a lo cal aboriginal word roughly translating to ‘Beautiful View’. Beginning with a short stint on the main dirt road you soon reach the Kanangra Walls carpark.
A short walk leads to a lookout from which the views would have to rate as one of the best around. Kanangra Walls themselves can be clearly seen, as well as the Thurat Spires and the lofty Mt Cloudmaker. A short back track and climb leads to the Morong River fire trail. This section of trail slowly descends down to and crosses Morong Creek. After rain this crossing may become impassable; when we rode it in May after rain the crossing was thigh deep and freezing cold!
As the trail descends its smooth surface and flowing nature allows for fun cycling and good speeds to be maintained. This section of trail travels through alpine vegetation with plenty of snow and mountain gums. Shortly after crossing Morong Creek the junction with Boyd River fire trail is reached.
This trail is very similar to the Morong Trail with smooth double track for most of its length. This section of the trail marks a gradual climb back up to the main road through more beautiful alpine vegetation and a few minor creek crossings. Along the way keep an eye peeled for some interesting granite boulders toward the top of the trail. Due to its altitude and distance from the coast Kanangra-Boyd can be bitterly cold in winter with biting winds and temperatures in the low single digits. It also experiences occasional snow, so riders in the colder months should be well prepared for all weather conditions with appropriate warm clothing and wet weather gear.
The majority of this ride is on well formed smooth fire trail with minimal technical challenges making it suitable for rides of all skill levels. There are a few hills in the ride but none of which are overly steep and should be able to be tackled by most riders with average fitness.
Great Western Highway, turn left into Jenolan Caves Road. After passing through Jenolan Caves turn left and enter Kanangra Boyd National Park on Kanangra Walls Road and follow through to Boyd River camping area. Last 20km to Boyd River on Kanangra Walls Road is unsealed but suitable for 2wd vehicles.
Food and Drink
No food or drink available at trail head. Café and food available back at Jenolan Caves or at nearby Lithgow.
Numerous other fire trails in the area can be explored.
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