Yellomundee Trail

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.

Terrain

XC race loop with flowing single track and the odd creek crossing.

Traffic

None of the four wheel variety, but plenty of other MTB users.

Access

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.

Side Trip

There are numerous other trails in the reserve.

 

More Details

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. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Go around the gate, enter the reserve and locate the single track. Once you find the single track, turn right and follow this.
  • 0.2 Single trail comes down to a T-intersection with a fire trail. Turn right and note the black arrow.
  • 0.3 As the fire trail bends around to the left, locate a small single trail off to your right up a small bank— look for the black and white tape and arrows.
  • 0.5 After a short fire road climb under some high voltage powerlines the trail splits into a Y. Turn hard left away from the powerlines. Note arrow.
  • 0.6 Half way down the technical descent at a right hand hairpin, ignore a single trail off to your left. Note black arrow indicating to turn right and follow the hairpin around to the right.
  • 0.8 Technical roll down to creek crossing, followed immediately by a small technical climb. At the top of the climb look for a burnt eucalypt off to your right marking the start of single track. Turn right and take this. Also note black arrow.
  • 1.1 Single trail peters out into fire trail and comes to a T-intersection at a fence line. Immediately after the fence line turn hard right and then look for single track off to your left and take this.
  • 1.4 You come to a barbed wire fence with a gate where a fire trail continues straight on. Look for a single trail branching off to your left.
  • 1.5 After a technical descent including a few small wooden stairs you reach a T-intersection with a fire trail. Turn left and follow the fire trail.
  • 1.9 Fire trail runs parallel with a fence and comes to an old gate and an open area. Immediately after riding through the gate turn hard right and look for the arrow indicating the start of single trail.
  • 2.5 Cross the fire trail and continue straight ahead.
  • 4.6 Single trail comes out onto a bitumen road. Turn right and follow this past an old abandoned house. Around 100m after going through a small gate look for another single track off to the right.
  • 5.5 You come to a fire trail under powerlines, turn left and follow this downhill.
  • 6.1 Cross the road and look for single trail directly in front of you.
  • 7.0 At this point you come to an open area; note an old silver water tank on your right and fire trail branching off to your left—follow this fire trail.
  • 7.6 After a fire trail climb note the single trail off to your right and note arrows.
  • 7.8 The single trail comes back to the gate where you began. End of ride.
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    7.49 km / 4.654 mi

    Total Distance

    222 m / 730 ft

    Total Ascent

    223 m / 732 ft

    Total Descent

    59 m / 193 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    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: 7.8
    Elevation Gain: 404
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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