Centre Track
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase, NSW

At a Glance

Trail Overview

Fire road

Riding Styles

XC / Trail

Grading

Green (Easy) Blue (More difficult)

Centre Track is often ridden together with Duckholes for an 11.5km anti-clockwise round trip or each as an out-and-back. If you don’t mind some road work either can be a good way to travel some distance towards Akuna Bay or Church Point respectively before you have to hit the tarmac. Beware, there are Roadies in them there hills!
After the insane looking climb at the start on Liberator General San Martin Drive it eventually levels off and you will have about 3.3kms of great

views and lumpy terrain. There is some elevation gain and loss along the way, but nothing as extreme as the descent in the last third of Duckholes.
At around the 10.5km mark, assuming you’ve done Duckholes and the West Head Road climb first, exit via the gate onto Liberator General San Martin Drive then turn left and ride a very short distance out of the national park then onto McCarrs Creek Road and ride about 1km to get back to the start of Duckholes.
The trail surface is wide as you would expect on a fire trail and has some loose sandy patches and some hard-packed dirt, but is mostly eroded sandstone that is endemic to the area. Obstacles include flat rock patches, loose fist to head-sized rocks across the trail, areas of large marble-like gravel, a few potholes, rugged sandstone sections and it generally requires you to pay attention.
This is hardly the place for a newbie or those with a lack of confidence and the fun flows best with some fitness, but it can be a good place to learn. No big obstacles, but good bike control and clear thinking helps a lot with the lumpy climbs and sketchy descents. Suitable for a wide range of riders.
You can ride Centre Track on anything worthy of being called a mountain bike, but to enjoy it and do so safely you will want good brakes, a reliable bike and maybe some rear suspension to make it a bit easier on your body. Well tuned short travel front and/or rear is fine as quality, rather than just quantity, is what you’ll want. Sturdy and grippy rubber is highly recommended.

Finding the Trail Head

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Having turned right at the exit of Duckholes you ride a few hundred metres along McCarrs Creek Road then turn left and head up West Head Road for about 1.5kms. Turn left onto Liberator General San Martin Drive and ride another 350 metres or so.

If you’re not a climber you’ll have looked longingly at a few clearings on the side of the road by now hoping they were the trailhead. Don’t worry, your efforts will eventually be rewarded with a national park gate on your left and an insane looking climb. Hike-a-bike stuff for mere mortals, but no doubt someone, somewhere, has bragging rights having made it up with bum on saddle and feet on pedals. Don’t be afraid. It only hurts while you’re doing it.

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