Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Faulconbridge Point Trail

This ride is about as simple as they come and would make a fantastic introduction to off-road riding. Following a fire trail out along the ridge line to fantastic views over the Grose Valley and of the Grose River itself, the more energetic can stash their bikes and take a walking trail down to the Grose River.

Terrain

Flowing ridge top fire trail with some sandy sections and small waterbars.

Traffic

Popular with walkers and fellow cyclists.

Access

From Sydney take the M4. Turn right into Grose Road. Follow this for around 2km until you reach a National Parks sign indicating the start of the national park. Just off to your left should be a small dirt area / car park, park the car here.

Food and Drink

No food, drink or water available at the trail head. Bring all you will need for a day in the saddle.

Side Trip

Walk down to the mighty Grose River via the Grose River Walking Track.

 

More Details

Faulconbridge Point would have to have one of the best lookouts as the views over the Grose Valley are simply stunning.

If you were to sit down and design a perfect ride to ease that non-riding partner or child into the fabulous sport of mountain biking then this ride would be it. It follows a fire trail out along a ridge line to a fabulous lookout over the Grose Valley and returns the same way. The trail is wide and sandy in generally good condition. It does have a few loose sections and some exposed rock in places but no major technical sections, making it an ideal first outing onto the dirt.

Being an ‘out and back’ along a ridge line makes navigation extremely easy and virtually impossible to get lost on this ride. Whilst this ride undulates slightly there are no major climbs to contend with and riders with an average level of fitness should have no troubles. The fire trail is a fun ride in its own right, but the highlight of this ride would have to be the absolutely cracking views that await the rider at the end. From the lookout a fantastic vista of the Grose valley can be taken in.

There are some large flat rock areas which make a great spot for lunch. Be aware however that there are no fences at the lookouts, so watch your step as it’s a rather large drop! For the more experienced rider don’t rule this ride out. Whilst short, it is definitely sweet with some lovely little waterbars and flowing sections of fire trail will keep you amused and the ride is almost worth it for the view at the end alone. Just before the lookout the Grose River walking trail branches off to the right.

This trail descends down into the Grose Valley and eventually brings walkers out to the fabulous Grose River. The Grose River is one of the most pristine rivers in the state and is the objective of many a bushwalker. During warmer weather you can swim and spend the day lazing by the river. If you want to take this option then you will need to bring a lock for your pride and joy and stash the bikes at the top. Due to the steep terrain and the large variation in height involved in walking down to the Grose you should allow at least one hour each way.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Turn left onto Grose Rd and follow it into the national park.
  • 0.8 At an intersection ignore Jennings Rd branching off to the right and continue on veering off slightly to the left
  • 1.1 A locked gate indicating the start of the fire trail is reached. A wire fence has also been erected around the gate to keep out trail bikes. You will have to lift the bikes over this. Climb over and continue on straight ahead.
  • 6.8 Grose River walking track is off to your right. It can be an easy one to miss so if you would like to do this option keep an eye out.
  • 7.9 End of the fire trail. The bikes can be left here. To get to the lookout locate a walking trail directly in front of you and follow this. After around 100m or so it comes out onto a large open rocky area which is the lookout. After admiring the view return to civilisation the same way.
  • 15.8 Back at car park and ride’s end.
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    15.504 km / 9.634 mi

    Total Distance

    285 m / 936 ft

    Total Ascent

    283 m / 927 ft

    Total Descent

    460 m / 1,509 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Low
    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: 15.8
    Elevation Gain: 699
    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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