At a Glance
XC / Trail
Blue (More difficult)
The sign at the trailhead indicates it is part of an established horse trail.
The trail is about 2kms one way and can be ridden in both directions. It is very narrow so be prepared to move to the side and let people through. Be courteous and let oncoming riders know if there is anyone behind you. Even in the sections where visibility is not an issue you need to be paying attention in order to have sufficient time to react if you are pushing along.
This trail has a little bit of everything. Plenty of roots, some loose and some hard-packed dirt, rocky patches, fist-sized tree stumps mid-trail, a few potholes, small sandstone step-ups (and downs), narrow trees, small log rollovers and a bit of elevation change. Sturdy rubber is highly recommended. The other end of the trail is at the head of the Cooyong/Ryland fire trail so you can start from there if you prefer or just include the fire trail in the ride for some extra distance.
In other words, this trail is brilliant fun for experienced riders and a good training ground for confident newbies. It’s also suitable for a wide range of mountain bikes. Remember, there is no shame in walking if at first you don’t succeed over one of the obstacles.
Finding the Trail HeadFlow Nation
The sign at the trailhead indicates it is part of an established horse trail. The trail is about 2kms one way and can be ridden in both directions. It is very narrow so be prepared... Read more
Enter the St Ives showgrounds and go to the fenced off-leash dog area, to the right of the showgrounds as you look at it in satellite view in Google Maps. Just behind the dog pens is a small sign indicating the start of a horse trail. Easy to miss, but it’s the only clear break in the scrub. There is a distinct trail and it is unmistakeably singletrack.
If you drive to the St Ives showgrounds then you will find plenty of parking on most days, subject to local festivities. There is a picnic ground at the trail head and there is room for several cars to park immediately adjacent to that.