47km / 881m / 2.25hrs

Bald Hill Loop

A good amount of climbing over rocky, rutted roads in the pine forests at the back of Mt Canobolas, with some excellent views along the way.

Last updated March 9, 2022

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Rough fire trail goodness… The pine forests on the southern slopes of Mt Canobolas are full of fire roads in varying condition. This route takes you up towards Mt Towac along the Northern Boundary fire trail before turning down some sharp descents, looping around Bald Hill and climbing back up towards the Pinnacle.

With sections of rocky and deeply eroded roads this is best suited to a mountain bike. Do-able on a gravel bike but the road condition will be challenging.

I’ve started this route from town but it can easily be ridden from the Pinnacle carpark if you prefer to avoid time on the tarmac.

Using fire roads in the forest means the road condition can vary dependent on the weather and how recently they’ve been maintained. There are quite a few deep ruts and some rocky sections. If we’ve had a storm, there will often be trees and branches on the road.

Ride Orange Bald Hill Loop
Steep rutted descent

Food & Water

No food or water available on route.

Watch out for

Road Condition: Rough. The gravel roads in the forest vary. Generally light gravel over hardpack. Some deep rutted sections, some rocky sections. Generally OK. Watch for trees down if we’ve had storms. Can get a bit muddy after rain.

Traffic: In the forest very quiet. Pinnacle Road on the way up is usually bike friendly.

Variations / Extensions

From Pinnacle Carpark. Park at the top of the Pinnacle and go from there. Shortens the loop by about an hour and a quarter and removes all tarmac.

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