Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Ingar Trail

Ingar is in many ways similar to Andersons fire trail except it is slightly shorter and the trail is generally of better quality. Gravity is your friend for most of this ride as you hurtle down some long brake burning, grin inducing downhill sections. The main objective of this ride is the scenic Ingar camping area. Set by an old dam and complete with picnic tables, it makes a great spot to stop for lunch.

Terrain

Well graded dirt road and fire trail with some loose, soft sections. Be prepared to climb!

Traffic

Vehicular traffic up to Ingar picnic area.

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.

If arriving by train, take the Blue Mountains line to Wentworth Falls. Exit the station, turn left and head along the highway back toward Woodford. Turn right into Kings Tableland Road.

Food and Drink

Food and drink available at Wentworth Falls. Side Trip A side trip can be taken to Murphy’s Glenn.

 

More Details

Ingar is an aboriginal word which translates to ‘Yabbie’ which are common in the local streams and hanging swamps. No doubt if you look close enough you may be able to spot a few lurking in the dam. Ingar’s large dam is complete with waterfall and was created in the 1960s as a water storage dam for fire fighting. Ingar has a large camping area with room for numerous tents and has facilities including drop toilets, fire places and picnic tables.

If you intend to take water from the dam it is advised that you boil it before drinking. Ingar is similar to Andersons in that they both exploit a large height differential starting at Wentworth Falls and finishing around 200m lower at Woodford. This elevation contrast translates into some long fast downhill runs especially for the first section of the ride to the Ingar picnic area. This length of the trail is open to vehicles and hence the surface is in good condition and allows for speeds of up to 50kph to be reached. Some areas of the trail have developed corrugations, but at the time of writing they were quite rideable.

Difficulty wise this ride can be divided into two halves; the relatively easy section from Wentworth Falls to Ingar and the more difficult section from Ingar to Woodford. After the Ingar picnic area the technical difficulty of the ride increases and includes a short, steep and loose descent down Bedford Creek fire trail. This section of trail is extremely fast and becomes loose and eroded towards the bottom.

After riding this section of trail my break rotors sizzled and hissed when crossing Bedford Creek! After crossing Bedford Creek you will soon pay for those sizzling downhill runs with an absolute killer climb. A steep almost 3km climb, it is achievable for the fitter riders amongst us but most will end up doing the two foot shuffle to the top.

This ride is not recommended for absolute beginners but should be no problems for those with a reasonable level of fitness and bike handling skills. Riders are entering a wild and remote area and should be well prepared for all eventualities. 

 

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 there is 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.
  • 3.7 Note left turn into Queen Elizabeth Dr which is the start of Ingar trail. If you wish to take a short side trip to take in views of the Jamison Valley then continue straight, otherwise turn left here.
  • 3.8 Assuming you continued straight turn right into Hordern Rd.
  • 4.4 At the end of Hordern Rd turn right into Little Switzerland Dr and then left into fire trail. From here you can take in various views of the Jamison Valley. After you are done backtrack to Queen Elizabeth Dr.
  • 5.2 Turn right into Queen Elizabeth Dr.
  • 5.6 Bitumen turns to dirt. At a fork in the road take the left and follow this.
  • 15.1 At a Y-intersection take the left option which is signposted Ingar Camping/Day use area. The right option you will return to shortly and this is Bedford Creek fire trail.
  • 15.7 Ingar picnic area is reached, from here retrace your steps back to the Bedford Creek fire trail
  • 16.6 Turn left into Bedford Creek fire trail. Note this section is steep and trail has a loose surface towards the end.
  • 17.7 After a tight hairpin bend you reach a locked gate, continue on around this.
  • 18.1 At bottom of steep downhill turn left at the junction with Andersons fire trail, as Bedford Creek is reached. Cross Bedford Creek and continue on. Note rocks off to your right which form a foot pad if water is low enough. This marks the start of a nasty 3km climb! After Bedford Creek the name of the trail changes to Murphy’s fire trail on map.
  • 20.8 Gate is reached at top of Murphy’s fire trail.
  • 20.9 Left turn. Note a right turn here will lead to an optional side trip to Murphy’s Glenn.
  • 25.3 Railway Pde is reached, turn left and right into Woodford station.
  • 25.4 End of ride.
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    24.389 km / 15.155 mi

    Total Distance

    452 m / 1,484 ft

    Total Ascent

    704 m / 2,311 ft

    Total Descent

    891 m / 2,923 ft

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    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: 25.4
    Elevation Gain: 751
    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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