Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride,  Andersons Trail

This classic Blue Mountains ride is definitely one for the thrill seekers and would have to rate alongside the Oakes for the title of the best downhill in the mountains. Vegetation blocks a lot of the views along the way, however most riders will be to busy hanging on for grim death to notice. Two lovely creek crossings round out this ride and make a great place to stop for lunch or a swim. It’s not all downhill though as the final hill is an absolute killer. It’s a steep 3km climb out of Bedford Creek back to Woodford station.

Terrain

Fire trail with a couple of creek crossing, steep descents and one cracker of a hill.

Traffic

Vehicle traffic, walkers, and cyclists.

Access

Car: Via M4 then onto Great Western Highway then exit at Railway Parade, Woodford, so your car can be accessed at the end of the ride. You will then need to catch the train to Wentworth Falls station, or grab a lift to Wentworth Falls with a fellow rider for a post-ride car shuffle.

Train: Take the Blue Mountains line to Wentworth Falls. Exit the station, turn left and head along the Tableland Road which will eventually lead to the start of the Andersons trail head on your left.

Food and Drink

No food or drink at trail head, but several delicious options in Wentworth Falls township.

Side Trip

Murphy’s Glen Picnic area which is set in a forest of tall eucalypt, turpentine and angophora trees.

 

More Details

This ride is done one way starting from Wentworth Falls station and finishing at Woodford station. Doing the ride this way allows the height differential between the two stations to be exploited, resulting in a long, brake burning downhill run instead of one long climb. Andersons is very similar in a number of ways to the more famous Oakes, however personally I find Andersons a more challenging ride. It’s got bigger climbs, steeper descents, travels through wilder terrain and has a rougher trail surface all of which adds to the appeal.

For most of Andersons length the trail is slightly overgrown, has a loose eroded surface and a number of trail obstacles including small fallen logs. Sections of the trail have developed a single track like definite main line. When ridden at speed Andersons demands good bike skills and line choice. Riders who stray off line will pay the penalty with a mine field of loose baby head rocks laying in wait. Two creek crossings are included in this ride; these are Queen Victoria Creek and Bedford Creek.

The crossings are quite close together and both have sandy beaches nearby which make for a great place to stop for a rest or bite to eat. In the warmer months some of the pools along the creek are deep enough for a quick dip. National Parks prefer that you walk all creek crossings which will mean getting wet feet, so a spare pair of socks might come in handy. After rain the creeks can become quite deep so keep this in mind.

Although riding Andersons in this direction is mostly downhill, it still contains a good amount of climbing hence a good level of physical fitness will be required. The loose trail surface and steep descents require intermediate bike skills and above. Ample tree cover provides shade and protection from the elements.

It’s best to avoid this trail after periods of heavy rain as Bedford and Queen Victoria creeks may become swollen and make crossing difficult, or even dangerous meaning you’ll have a tough uphill slog back to Wentworth Falls. For a full day of downhill fun why not link up this ride with the Oakes Ride. This increases the ride length to a tick over 60km. If you plan to take this option simply catch the train from Glenbrook instead of Woodford.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start from Wentworth Falls station and turn left into Station St.
  • 0.14 Left into Great Western Hwy. If you are not confident riding on the road you can cross and pick up a foot path on the other side of the road and ride on this instead.
  • 1.9 Turn right into Tableland Rd and follow this. Good views can be had of the Jamison Valley off to your right along the way.
  • 6.1 At old hospital grounds you come to a fork in the road. Take the left option and continue along. Down hill gradient means good speed can be maintained here however watch out for vehicles.
  • 13.5 As Tableland Rd bends around to the right look for a trail off to your left and a sign stating Andersons fire trail 100m. Locked fire trail gate is soon reached. Lift bikes over and continue on.
  • 14.1 At trail junction take the right option. Note small tree branches placed across the left trail arm prompting you to stay right. From here trail starts to descend and the fun begins.
  • 24.8 Cross Queen Victoria Creek. If riding the crossing look out for slippery submerged logs close to other bank!
  • 25.9 Cross Bedford Creek. Note: water is extremely clear and probably deeper than it looks! Just after crossing on your left is a beach area which may be deep enough for a dip.
  • 27.3 End of Andersons fire trail. (Note sign states Bedford Creek fire trail, not Andersons.)
  • 27.8 At a T-intersection turn left into Murphy’s fire trail. Follow this back to Woodford.
  • 32.9 Turn left into Railway Pde and Woodford train station. End of ride.
  • Trail map

    Locate Me
    Get Directions
    Back

    30.766 km / 19.117 mi

    Total Distance

    544 m / 1,784 ft

    Total Ascent

    796 m / 2,612 ft

    Total Descent

    890 m / 2,919 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
    MTB Segment: flow
    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: 33.0
    Elevation Gain: 776
    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
    Loading comments...