Wingello Yellow Trail

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.

Terrain

Fire trail and dirt road. Some ups and downs with one creek crossing.

Traffic

Occasional vehicle traffic, cyclists and walkers.

Access

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.

Side Trip

You could take on the Red and Blue Trails which lead from the same trail head.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Exit camp site and turn left into Running Creek Rd. At four way intersection continue straight ahead. At next four way intersection continue straight. Note you will be leaving pine trees and entering native vegetation.
  • 2.5 After a creek crossing and small climb turn left into fire trail.
  • 2.8 At T-intersection turn left.
  • 4.4 Left turn into Basin Rd.
  • 6.4 At the top of large climb turn left.
  • 7.2 At a T-intersection turn left.
  • 7.5 Turn right into double track.
  • 7.8 At T-intersection turn right.
  • 8.6 At a Y-junction turn left.
  • 9.9 At a Y-junction turn right.
  • 10.2 Turn right.
  • 10.5 Enter Clouts Creek Rd. This short section follows country roads through farmland for around 5km.
  • 13.5 Turn left. Right turn into Burnt Pine Rd, this shortly re-enters the state forest. Left turn into fire trail.
  • 17.7 At four way intersection turn right.
  • 18.3 At a four way intersection turn left.
  • 18.4 Turn right into camping area. End of ride.
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    17.593 km / 10.932 mi

    Total Distance

    446 m / 1,464 ft

    Total Ascent

    440 m / 1,445 ft

    Total Descent

    688 m / 2,259 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    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: 18.4
    Elevation Gain: 854
    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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