Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Knapsack Park Trail
This ride within the Knapsack Park reserve offers the perfect midweek single track escape or an ideal training loop. Although not long in length this ride contains some lovely short sections of single track which lead to two major lookouts with views over the Sydney Basin. More single track exists within the reserve and there are numerous trails on offer for the cyclist willing to explore.
Undulating semi-technical single track and smooth fire trail.
No vehicle traffic, but Knapsack Park is popular with the locals including walkers, runners, and other cyclists.
This ride is located in Glenbrook and can easily be accessed by train from Glenbrook station. If travelling by car take the M4 from Sydney and turn right at the first set of traffic lights at Glenbrook. Turn right at Levy Street and when the soccer club is reached turn left into Barnet Street and find the small car park at the start of the fire trail.
Food and Drink
No food or drink is available at the trail head, however numerous cafes, bakeries and shops are located at nearby Glenbrook.
Knapsack Park is located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in the lovely village of Glenbrook. Its relatively close proximity to the suburbs make it a great ride for those looking to get their mid week single track fix. Short but flowing single track sections are a major attraction of Knapsack and provide a great training loop. Strap on a light and it would also make an excellent night ride. Knapsack is popular with the locals and most days you will find walkers, runners, and cyclists all enjoying the reserve. With various groups taking advantage of the trail network there can occasionally be some traffic, so please ride within your skill level and keep an eye out for fellow trail users.
Considering the small physical size of Knapsack reserve it offers the cyclist a large number of options. Rides of varying lengths can be had within the reserve, local riders have told me rides from 30 minutes to five hours are possible. However, longer rides involve a significant amount of backtracking and looping various single track sections together. For the sake of simplicity and to make it easy to follow I have opted to map the basic loop which comprises the backbone of the trail network.
For the adventurous cyclist willing to explore and use the listed ride as a base, numerous other trails can be found throughout the reserve offering an array of different challenges. Keep an eye out though as some can be hard to spot. The ride is a basic loop which links the main sections of single trail together and takes in both major lookouts and returns on the fire trail which makes up the spine of the reserve. Most of the single track in the reserve eventually links back to this main fire trail.
This ride is suitable for all fitness levels, although the terrain is undulating there are no major climbs. Most of the single track is of a semi-technical nature so most riders of average fitness may want to string a few laps of Knapsack together to form a decent ride. Doing a few laps of the same trails allows riders to master the technical sections and allows numerous attempts to get a section right.
For this reason Knapsack is a great ride for those looking to develop their single track and technical riding skills. The majority of the ride is under tree canopy which provides ample shade in the warmer months and some protection from the elements in winter which makes this ride a good option all year round.
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133 m / 436 ft
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