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. 

Access

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.

Side Trip

Numerous other fire trails in the area can be explored.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 From the Boyd River camping area turn right onto Kanangra Walls Rd.
  • 7.8 Kanangra Walls car park and lookout is reached. After taking in the breathtaking views backtrack the way you have come.
  • 13.8 Left turn into Morong Creek fire trail.
  • 15.3 Cross Dingo Creek.
  • 20.0 Cross Morong Creek. Can be deep after rain.
  • 20.2 Track right into Boyd River Fire Trail.
  • 28.1 Turn right into Kanangra Walls Rd.
  • 33.4 Right turn back into Boyd River camping area.
  • 34.0 You have returned. End of ride.
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    32.146 km / 19.974 mi

    Total Distance

    562 m / 1,844 ft

    Total Ascent

    564 m / 1,850 ft

    Total Descent

    1,298 m / 4,259 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 34.0
    Elevation Gain: 952
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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