Last updated November 16, 2023
Note: the Trailforks map below is showing the unsanctioned trails on Mount Canobolas (trails shown to the right of Galinbundinya). These trails are black / double black diamond and require suitable expertise to ride.
Orange is shaping up to be the home of some of the best mountain biking in the Central West thanks to the trails being built in Glenwood Forest by Orange Mountain Bike Club and Iconic Trails. Just 15mins west of town, Glenwood is a radiata pine plantation on the slopes of Mount Canobolas. Currently there are 5 trails, totalling about 20km in length, with plans for more.
The ‘spine’ of the trails is around 18kms in length and includes Galiunbundinya, Onwards & Upwards and the Trail of Awesomeness. Magic Mushroom & Eye of the Wombat are intermediate downhill options that branch off from the central loop.
The trails are well-maintained by Orange Mountain Bike Club and are also well signposted. A & B lines are clearly marked. The trail surface is largely hard-packed clay with some rock and root sections.
Always keep an eye out for trees down if we’ve had strong winds or storms recently. For latest trail conditions, check in with Orange Mountain Biking community on facebook.
Details on each of the trails (in order from the trailhead) are below.
Galinbundinya was completed in 2020 as a multipurpose (walking, running and cycling) trail that follows Boree Creek up towards the base of Federal Falls. It is a green trail (easy), 7kms one-way, and suitable for most riders. From the start at Lidster Fire Station it is a steady uphill climb to the top of the trail. It can be ridden as the start of the full loop, or on it’s own if you prefer to stick to a green trail.
The track is dual-way and can get a bit tight with tall grass on the lower sections so keep an eye out for riders coming the other way. If there are cars in the car park when you arrive, there are possibly other riders on the track. You can ride up the fire roads to the top of the trail and then ride down if you prefer.
Although it will be overshadowed by Awesomeness, Galinbundinya is a great trail to ride down, with good speed and nice flow.
Onwards & Upwards
At the top of Galinbundinya is the club built Onwards & Upwards. Onwards is a challenging, technical ride that climbs up the side of the mountain through a series of tight switchbacks. Once you are through the initial steeper section, you’ll be rewarded with views across to Federal Falls. The track is quite narrow in places and rocky at times, although the trail widens and the technical nature eases off the higher you go. After 2.7km the trail then crosses the fire road and continues on climbing through smooth switchbacks up to the start of Awesomeness.
An alternative, less-technical route to the top is to follow the fire trail, Federal Falls Road, which runs up the hill (turn right from the top of Galinbundinya). Make sure you stay left past the first fire trail on the right and continue on up the hill until you reach the T intersection. Turn hard left here to keep climbing. About 1.7kms up you’ll see Onwards cross the road – take the right trail entrance to continue on single-track to Awesomeness.
Trail of Awesomeness
Recently completed by Iconic Trails, Trail of Awesomeness definitely lives up to the name. Machine-built, fast and flowing with beautifully built berms and tabletop jumps, the trail caters for beginners and those looking to get a bit more air on their run. It’s a sweet 8kms long and returns you to the carpark at Lidster. Make sure your brakes are in order.
After the hard work of climbing up to the start, take a moment at the start to take in the view, and relax on the bench the club has supplied for just that purpose. You’re up high here and can look across to the top of Mt Canobolas, and out across the valleys to the north.
Awesomeness is shuttleable (more below) as well if you prefer to maximise your downhill time or have less time to ride, the way up is along Alf Meyers Way which is signposted from the carpark at Lidster.
Magic Mushroom is a 1km intermediate trail that branches off to the right from the Trail of Awesomeness about 1km (?) from the start. The trail is narrower and steeper than Trail of Awesomeness and winds it’s way through the pine trees to meet up with Eye of the Wombat. An intermediate trail for skilled riders.
Eye of the Wombat
Eye of the Wombat was hand built by Grant Dowell of the Orange Mountain Bike Club and is another intermediate trail about 1km in length. It continues on from Magic Mushroom and links up with Galinbundinya. More details to come…
Slayer is the latest trail to be added to the Glenwood collection. It’s about 1k long, is a double black diamond downhill run, theat branches off from Awesomeness further along from Magic Mushroom. More details to come…
Car – about a 15 minute drive from town. The trailhead is on Cargo Road, at Lidster Rural Fire Station. google map link
Both Trail of Awesomeness and Galinbundinya are shuttleable using the forest fire trails. To get to the top of Awesomeness, follow the signs up Alf Meyers Way. For Galinbundinya, head up the fire trail from Lidster and follow the creek. The top section of this road can get a little rough so a 4WD might be a better option. Alf Meyers Way is OK in a 2WD but being a gravel road, conditions can change and there are potholes.
Pinnacle MTB offers a morning or afternoon shuttling service on weekends with online booking. Click here to find out more.
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