Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Lake Woodford Trail
This ride has recently been opened to the public and takes the rider on a loop around the beautiful Lake Woodford catchment area. Although the ride traverses a section of the lake foreshore, you are within a catchment area which means no access to the actual lake itself. So while there is no need to bring the boardies, pack a camera instead as there are some great views of the lake on offer. Technically simple the loop does involve some large climbs and steep descents and will be best enjoyed by fitter or more experienced riders.
Fire trail, with many large climbs and descents. Expect a creek crossing and short sections of poorly maintained bitumen.
Walkers, cyclists and occasional vehicles.
Car: From Sydney take the Great Western Highway, just after Hazelbrook station turn right into Winbourne Road. Follow Winbourne Road until it turns into an unsealed road and park anywhere here.
Train: Alight at Hazelbrook station, cross Great Western Highway into Winbourne Road and follow this.
Food and Drink
No food or drink available at the trail head. There are shops located at nearby Hazelbrook.
Walking trail to what can be a stunning waterfall.
Lake Woodford’s trails have only recently been opened to the general public and were previously not accessible to mountain bikers. All of the trails fall within a designated catchment area and access is limited to the trails only, and whilst it may be tempting, water is off limits. Numerous signs warn of this and the rather large fines you may expect if you stray from the trails. If your idea of a good ride is a fairly short scenic loop with a massive amount of climbing, then this is the ride for you. Shortly after leaving the trail head it points decidedly downwards with a fantastic high speed ‘bugs in the teeth’ run down to the dam some 400m below.
Unfortunately this same descent becomes a rather large climb out on your return journey. Once at the bottom there are fantastic views of Lake Woodford as you follow a well graded fire trail which initially contours the lake and then starts to climb away slowly. From here a large steady climb must be endured which eventually culminates at a fun ridge top traverse. Part way along this traverse there is an optional side trip along a walking track which leads to a waterfall lookout.
Eventually the ridge top trail descends back down to the dam on a lesser used fire trail complete with a creek crossing at the bottom. From here your steps are retraced and a long climb out must be endured. Fitter riders will find some of the climbs challenging but should be able to complete the ride without any problems. Riders lacking a little in the fitness department will end up doing a fair amount of pushing and will find the going a little frustrating as a result.
Lake Woodford’s trails are similar to most Blue Mountains trails with a sandy base and a loose rocky surface in places. A section of bitumen is also encountered on the climb out from the dam. Ample shade and protection from the elements make this ride suitable all year around.
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