The Piney - Armidale State Forest
Armidale Region, NSW

At a Glance

Trail Overview

Fire road

Riding Styles

XC / Trail


Green (Easy) Blue (More difficult) Black (Very difficult)

This is a track for everyone. Don’t be too concerned with all the big talk of grinds and tree roots as it’s all just banter to scare the visiting ocean dwelling clubs. The grind up Grandpa’s and Rooty Hill are made for all levels of rider with the flowy Snakes’n’Ladders thrown into the middle for a breather and a “B line” diverting around the final aggressive pinch through the Crow’s Nest. If you find that the legs and lungs are not burning enough then have a crack at Igor for a more ugly rideable grind. There is a total of eight sign posted B lines to get you around the more technical stuff while you work up the courage.

Finding the Trail Head

Flow Nation

The best way to get onto the track is a warm-up ride north out along Rockvale Rd, 4.9 ks from the Erskin Rd interestion, to the second entrance on the right into The Piney (Armidale State Forest). If you’re feeling a bit spongy and the climb out of town on the tar doesn’t constitute mountain biking then there’s parking at the entrance. As The Piney is vehicle free you need to ride 350m along the main access road into the forest to reach the start of Snake’n’Ladders. Watch for the plastic white signs with black arrows that mark the trail head.