Cycle Adelaide, Mountain Biking, Eagle MTB Park Ride 2
It was a long time in the planning but Eagle Mountain Bike Park is now a reality – and it was certainly worth the wait. Opened in December 2006, Eagle is the first purpose built Mountain Bike Park in the metropolitan area and builds on the popularity of the Cudlee Creek Mountain Bike Trails. Like Cudlee Creek, Eagle comprises a network of marked trails, ingeniously sited in the regenerated bushland of a former Adelaide Hills quarry. Riders of varying abilities are catered for, with the trails graded and signposted as green - beginners, blue - intermediate and black – advanced, for safety and navigation.
The park is open all year round, except on total fire ban days or during extreme weather. Access is also restricted during various events – including a round of the annual National MTB series. If you want to join in or check out the action, contact Bicycle SA, Adelaide Mountain Bike Clubs or Inside Line Mountain Bike Clubs for more information.
Eagle is undoubtedly the hardest of SA’s mountain bike parks, and the trails are pretty demanding - the black routes, in fact, have safety regulations on their use.
This bike ride is almost entirely on blue single track and is both technically and aerobically challenging. A steep, winding downhill start is a warm-up for the climb ahead, as we zigzag up to the highest point in the park. From there it’s a gradual descent around the southern boundary, then a plummeting ride to the valley floor on The Overlocker. A meander on Blue Gums to the bottom of the park is welcome respite, before the finish back up the steep switchbacks of Top Deck.
Take Glen Osmond Road to the Freeway, then the Eagle on the Hill exit (Mt Barker Rd). The entrance is 1.5km along Mt Barker Rd, with parking at the Pastor Kavel Lookout.
Food and Drink
Water at Assembly Point A but take your own. No food available.
Head out a little further to the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, a 14-hectare bushland sanctuary where you can wander among rare and protected native animals and birds. Entry is free, and there’s a licensed café for a post-ride beverage.
9.22 km / 5.729 mi
397 m / 1,304 ft
401 m / 1,315 ft
496 m / 1,628 ft