Published on May 19, 2022
Pine forests and farm roads… there is something about this route, it’s not far from town but you just feel miles from anywhere. A great ride to clear the mind. Includes some good climbs to get the heart rate going, fast downhill runs through the pines and nice open gravel roads.
Located to the South of Orange, this route that takes you out the cycle path toward Gosling Creek, then on Cadia Road before turning right on to Berrilee Road which leads you in to the forest. A series of short climbs follow before turning left on to the Rosebank Road fire trail and a long downhill run to Cadiagullong Road and the forest exit. A few hundred metres on Four Mile Creek Road before turning left on to another gravel climb up Giles Road. This is the most picturesque section of the ride, with sweeping district views once you hit the top.
From there it’s a fast bitumen descent to the Cadia Road intersection (watch for traffic) where you’ll cross and start the first of the open road gravel sectors through farmland that bring you back to town via Gosling Creek Dam.
The route is a mix of bitumen and gravel and is best ridden on a hardtail MTB or gravel bike. 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.
Food & Water
No food or water available on route.
Watch out for
Road Condition: the gravel roads in the forest vary. Generally light gravel over hardpack. A few deep rutted sections, some rocky sections. Generally OK. Watch for trees down if we’ve had storms. Can get a bit muddy after rain. Some quite rocky sections on the fire trails.
Traffic: In the forest very quiet. Cadia Road can get busy, especially for shift change at the mine.
Gosling Creek Cycle Path: The descent to the creek (once past the park bench at the top) gets very loose with a tight turn at the bottom on to the bridge.
Variations / Extensions
Berrilee Road. The shorter version of this ride (1.5hrs / 28km), that brings you back to town via the Pinnacle.