Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Wingello Yellow Trail
The Yellow Trail is the intermediate option of the three way marked trails in Wingello State Forest, all of which leave from the one trail head located at a grassy camping area. It’s a tick over 18km and takes you through a variety of scenery including native forests, pine plantations, and a section of rolling farmland. There’s plenty of ups and downs, including fast descents, large climbs and one creek crossing. Technically straight forward it would make a bike ride for those riders looking to upgrade to a slightly longer more challenging ride.
There are three purpose built trails in Wingello State Forest each of which has been colour coded. The Blue Trail is the easiest of the three and is suitable for novice riders and family groups. The Yellow Trail as described here takes place on fire trails within the forest and involves a longer distance. It contains some larger hills and faster rocky descents.
The Red Trail is roughly 24 km in length and has around 10km or so of purpose built single track broken roughly into three sections. All three rides begin and end from the same trail head at the grassy camping area. Wingello State Forest includes sections of pine plantation, hardwood forest, with stands of peppermint, manna gum and stringybarks. Radiata pines were first planted in the local area in Belanglo State Forest in 1919 and now there are some 3,500 hectares of pine plantations in the Southern Highlands area. So once entering this colonnade of wood, you can leave your day to day world behind and concentrate on the trail and your bike.
Starting from the camping area the Yellow lap follows fire trails and logging roads. It soon makes its way out of the pine plantations and winds through some lovely sections of native forest. There are some fast fire trail descents in this section and the surface can be loose so take care. Of course, where there are descents, there are climbs and this trail includes some rather long ones which will test all but the fittest riders. Eventually the trail leaves the state forest for a short period and takes you through a section of rolling farmland complete with a soundtrack of mooing cows, but soon the forest is re-entered and it is an easy spin back to the camping area.
For most of its length the Yellow Trail travels through forest which provides plenty of shade and protection from the elements, making it suitable all year around. As with most MTB rides you should avoid use after periods of heavy or prolonged rain to protect the trails from damage. Also the main road to the trail head is dirt and may become impassable after rain. Riders on the Yellow trail are entering a remote area and should be totally self sufficient and carry enough water and spares to complete the ride.
Fire trail and dirt road. Some ups and downs with one creek crossing.
Occasional vehicle traffic, cyclists and walkers.
From Sydney take the M5. Turn left into Bellambi Road. At Wingello cross the train line and turn right and then left onto Forest Road and follow this into the Wingello State Forest camping area and trail head.
Food and Drink
No food or drink available at trail head. Shops and café available at Wingello.
You could take on the Red and Blue Trails which lead from the same trail head.
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