Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Wingello Red Trail
The Red Mountain Bike Trail is a fantastic mix of around 10km of purpose built single trails interlinked by fire roads which vary from double track to well graded . Each section of single trail has its own subtle flavour and has been given names like the Grate Wall and The Tangles. At a touch over 24km in length and with some decent hills it makes for a good day in the saddle.
The Red Trail is roughly 24km in length and has around 10km or so of purpose built single track broken roughly into three sections. I found the single trail sections to be extremely well bedded in with a lovely smooth rolling surface making for some fast and flowing riding. Technically the single trail only contains a few minor obstacles and should be rideable by just about all except absolute beginners.
Advanced riders will appreciate the beautiful flow of the trail and its excellent design allows you to dramatically increase the difficulty level by simply cranking up the speed. Bring those legs however as there are some rather nasty hills in this ride making it most suitable for riders with average fitness and above. You’ll also encounter a few hefty air-giving waterbars on the Red Trail’s fire roads, so take care out there. Wooden trail markers have been placed at regular intervals along the trail making navigation extremely easy.
As with most rides it should be avoided 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 Red Trail are entering a remote area and should be totally self sufficient and carry enough water and spares to complete the ride.
Mix of fire trail and single track. Prepare to do some climbing and enjoy the waterbars.
Vehicle traffic on the fire trails.
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 and drink is available at the trail head however a café and store is located at nearby Wingello township.
The Blue and Yellow Trails leave from the same trail head, so by all means do all three!
22.329 km / 13.875 mi
551 m / 1,808 ft
551 m / 1,808 ft
687 m / 2,254 ft