“A loop using two fun fire trails through the bush with some technical sections along the way.
— Jamey Mossengren
This loop uses beautiful, technical fire roads through the bush and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Expect scenic views, wildflowers, and Aboriginal rock engravings along the way, but the best part is it feels very secluded, and you'll probably not see anyone on the ride except for on the paved sections. Overall, this is a really peaceful route as it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere!
Need to Know
This trail holds up pretty well even in the rain. If it has been raining a lot there will be puddles but it usually doesn't get that muddy.
This featured ride starts by going downhill on a paved road until you come to the Duckholes Trail
. This is a fun fire trail with a few short, steep uphills but all doable for the average mountain biker. Towards the end, it is all downhill for a while, and you can cruise along pretty well.
Once you hit the paved McCarrs Creek Road, take a right and go down until you come to an intersection where you'll take a left onto W Head Road to start climbing uphill. You'll pass the ranger station (free for bikers) and keep climbing until you get to the top. The road splits here, and you'll want to keep left onto General San Martin Drive and go downhill for a little bit until you see a steep and rocky fire road on your left. This is where Centre Trail
The first little section almost every biker will walk as it's a short, super technical, rocky uphill, but from then on almost all of it is ride-able. As soon as it looks like you can ride, hop back on your bike and continue on the technical fire road all the way until you get to the next paved road. There are some nice views along the way.
At the road, take a left and continue straight until you come to where you parked your car at the start of the trail. This loop can be ridden the opposite way, but it's a bit harder.
History & Background
A rewarding ride through heathland leading to a fascinating site of Aboriginal heritage, Centre Trail
traverses along a ridge off McCarrs Creek Road near Terrey Hills, in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.