Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Yellomundee Trail
Yellomundee would have to be one of my favourite XC loops in Sydney. Like most XC loops it’s almost 100% flowing single track for its entire length. Its lack of technical difficulty, numerous switch backs, and lovely creek crossings are bound to bring a smile to riders of all abilities. Whilst only short at 7.8km a lap plenty of climbing will provide an entertaining challenge to most riders.
XC race loop with flowing single track and the odd creek crossing.
None of the four wheel variety, but plenty of other MTB users.
From Sydney take the M4 and exit at Springwood, then follow Hawkesbury Road through Winmalee. Approximately 2.2 km after the lookout at Panorama Reserve look for a small parking lot on your right hand side and park here; this is Yellomundee Reserve.
Food and Drink
None available at the trail head, closest shops are back at Winmalee.
There are numerous other trails in the reserve.
Yellomundee regional park occupies 300 hectares and is located between the Nepean River and Yellow Rock in the lower Blue Mountains near the township of Winmalee. One of the rare rides in Sydney which is almost all single track from start to finish, it follows the Yellomundee XC race loop. Yellomundee is home to the XC arm of the Western Sydney MTB club who do a great job in building and maintaining the trail network within the reserve.
Numerous trails exist within the reserve and the guys from Western Sydney regularly change the layout of the XC loop for various races and events and to manage erosion on the trails. Current routes are always well signposted with arrows and tape which makes navigation easy. The trail mapped here is essentially the route taken for the Yellomundee grand prix event but is likely to have time to time. Whatever the current configuration you’ll have a ball at Yellomundee!
Yellomundee XC loop has its own distinctive flavour. Numerous tight switch backs and lovely creek crossings slow the pace a little but still provide a fun, flowing ride. This track is quite easy with only a few technical challenges which riders with good bike skills should still be able to best. At only 7.8km in length it’s not the longest loop around and most riders will be able to manage a loop in around 45 minutes. The short loop length has a few advantages enabling the rider to carry only the bare essentials and complete multiple laps!
This also provides the advantage of allowing riders to practice and nail that tricky section they may want to improve on. Short laps also mean you are only ever 45 minutes away from the car should your valiant steed suffer a catastrophic failure! Located in Western Sydney, Yellomundee can also get extremely hot in summer and is not recommended for those scorching summer days.
Water is not available at the trail head so make sure you come prepared and bring plenty with you. Fantastic trails like the Yellomundee loop take a lot of work to maintain so if you like what you see don’t be afraid to lend a hand and pick up a shovel on one of the many trail maintenance days. Contact the Western Sydney MTB club for more details.
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