Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Linden Ridge Trail
This ride is navigationally simple, an enjoyable out and back which follows a reasonable fire trail out along Linden Ridge before returning the same way. Unlike other Blue Mountains rides there are no grand views from the end of the fire trail but the real attraction here is the option of a side trip along a section of heavily overgrown but legal single trail. Hiding amongst the foliage, this jersey grabbing section of trail is slow going with the odd technical challenge but will be enjoyed by the more adventurous riders.
Easy to average climbing fire trail and a section of overgrown single track, with waterbars that can be a little on the steep side.
Car: Take the Great Western Highway and turn off into Tollgate Drive at Linden, then turn left into Glossop Road and follow to the end where you will come to a locked white gate, park here.
Train: Alight at Linden station, head along Bourke Road until you reach Glossop Road, then turn right and follow to the end.
Food and Drink
No food or drink is available at the trail head. Shops are located at nearby Hazelbrook.
A little over 12 kilometres of overgrown single trail along Dawes Ridge.
Unfortunately legal single track in Sydney seems to be as rare as hen’s teeth so imagine my surprise when I came across a section of legal single trail located in the Blue Mountains National Park. This section of trail is marked as ‘dual use’ and a small sign marks the start of the trail. Keep an eye out as it can be easy to miss and I sailed past the turn off on my way out and only found it on my return.
If you’re of the school of thought that single trail is like pizza; even when it’s bad it’s good, you will love this section of trail. It’s tight with growth and makes for slow going in places but hey, it’s got a view at the end, it’s single trail and best of all, it’s legal! But if you are planning on riding this section, throw on a long sleeve jersey and some sort of eye protection or you’ll definitely come out the worse for wear.
This section of trail is for the more experienced rider with a sense of adventure as it does have some technical sections to be negotiated. The main part of the ride is the out and back section along the Linden Ridge fire trail which takes riders along the course of the ridge line in a roughly northern direction. Unlike other trails in the mountains there is no fantastic view from the end of the main trail.
Good views are available along the way, however these tend to be hidden by the trees. Technically the ride is quite straight forward and for the most part the trail is in good condition with only the odd sandy / loose patch to worry about. One feature of the trail is the proliferation of waterbars along the track, some of which can be quite steep and care should be taken when negotiating these. Riders of all skill levels should have no troubles on the main trail. Difficulty wise there are a few climbs which will have to be negotiated but these should be no problems for riders with average fitness levels.
A reasonable amount of tree cover along the ride’s length provides shade and protection from the elements which makes it suitable all year around. No water is available for the length of the ride so be sure to bring plenty with you especially if riding during the warmer months.
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