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Level: Intermediate
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +222/172 ft
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Mountain Biking Calabash Labyrinth

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#111 of 156 mountain bike trails in New South Wales
#8,678 in the world

Unsanctioned, extensive community-built singletrack trails network created primarily for horse riding. Please respect the heritage of the area and do not remove log jumps for the horses- there are plenty of alternative tracks for mtb riding around all of them. Trails are all twisty singletrack with some nice flow sections and they follow the contours on either side of the ridge lines traversed by Calabash Road (tar) and Calabash Lane (dirt) and Calabash fire trails (dirt). This is technical, intense riding, but you can stitch together a lap of over 14km with numerous other variations and natural technical features to discover. Expect to cross the roads or ride along them for short sections- be mindful of the occasional motor vehicle along the narrow, single-lane tarred Calabash Road. There are beautiful views, rock gardens and ridge line rock sheets to take a breather and admire said views. Summer (Nov-Feb) sees Legions of spiders on these trails- think Mirkwood... Don't ride here alone in summer because you need someone to spot them and brush them off your ponytail, shoulders, helmet, bike... creepy! Spring, however, ushers in a fragrant garden of Eden containing every native wild flower you could possibly imagine!

First added by likes2ride on Jan 17, 2020. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Park and ride from Arcadia RFS to warm up. Ride towards Berowra turning left into Calabash Road. Ride straight past Calabash Kennels up the dirt road to access Calabash Lane trails, or follow the tar road sharp right and look out for the first batch of singletracks on the left. Very limited parking (one or 2 vehicles only) at Calabash Lane gate, and Calabash firetrail gates. Trails are unmarked because they are unsanctioned, so you will have to return a couple of times to familiarise yourself with the network. If you want to get in some XC marathon training distance, ride from Galston Village>Arcadia Rd>Gribbenmount Rd>Bayfield Road (dirt) Bayfield Road* (tar)>Blacks Road*>Arcadia Road*>Calabash Road. (**there is nice singletrack running next to Bayfield, Blacks and Arcadia Roads) On the way back to the village, why not take a detour (via the Carrs Road entrance) through Fagan Park?
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  • likes2ride

    Unmarked, and quite raw in some sections, but that's because it is unsanctioned- like 85% of the bush trails in Sydney. Difficult to navigate at first, but make it a place of many happy returns to find your flow. Stunning scenery and great natural tech features.

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