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.
Fire trail with a couple of creek crossing, steep descents and one cracker of a hill.
Vehicle traffic, walkers, and cyclists.
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.
Murphy’s Glen Picnic area which is set in a forest of tall eucalypt, turpentine and angophora trees.
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.
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