Eagle MTB Park Ride 2

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.

Access

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.

Side trip

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.

Ride Log

  • 0.0 From the shelter and the carpark, head down Eagle Way West.
  • 0.2 Turn right onto Top Deck Track.
  • 0.3 Continue straight ahead on the centre green track.
  • 0.9 Turn right onto Valley Rd.
  • 1.1 Veer right onto Valley Trail.
  • 1.4 Turn hard left and continue up the green trail.
  • 1.7 Ignore the blue trail to the right. Continue straight ahead up the compacted gravel track.
  • 1.8 Take the left hand green track.
  • 1.9 Cross straight ahead to the continuation of the green track.
  • 2.1 Go under the black trail overpass to Assembly Point A, the open quarry. Immediately veer right onto the blue trail, North Face, for a steady climb around the quarry edge.
  • 2.3 Emerging at the upper part of Assembly Point A, backtrack to the right and continue around the side of the quarry.
  • 2.4 Turn hard right onto a steep track.
  • 2.8 At an intersection of blue trails, take the upper of two trails to the left.
  • 2.9 Cross a 4WD road onto the path opposite, Tunnel Vision.
  • 3.0 Take the left track.
  • 3.5 Take the lower left-hand track.
  • 3.9 Continue past a minor track on the right.
  • 4.4 Turn left, following the blue trail uphill.
  • 4.5 With a 4WD road in front, veer left alongside a dam.
  • 5.3 Turn left onto a bitumen road, Eagle Way East. Shortly after, just before an information board/map, turn right onto Hawkeye.
  • 5.7 Turn left onto Eagle Way East.
  • 5.8 Turn left onto Southside, back on single track.
  • 6.7 Take the left track.
  • 7.3 With a 4WD road in front, turn right and then immediately left onto the lower track.
  • 7.4 At a fork and a pile of rocks, take the left lower track onto the Overlocker.
  • 7.9 Turn hard left onto the green track.
  • 8.1 Take the left hand green track.
  • 8.4 Take the left hand blue track, Blue Gums.
  • 8.6 A track goes off to the right. Continue straight ahead and downhill on the green track.
  • 9.8 At Emergency Assembly Point B, follow the track around to the left onto the 4WD track. Continue straight ahead.
  • 10.1 Turn left onto Top Deck and wind your way up the hill.
  • 10.7 Continue straight ahead on the green route.
  • 10.8 Turn left onto Eagle Way West.
  • 11.0 At the shelter and the top of the climb, the ride ends.
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    9.22 km / 5.729 mi

    Total Distance

    397 m / 1,304 ft

    Total Ascent

    401 m / 1,315 ft

    Total Descent

    496 m / 1,628 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
    Ride Duration: options
    Fitness Level: High
    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: 11.3
    Elevation Gain: 512
    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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