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Cross Country

man riding away on dirt track

The cross country trail network at Stromlo Forest Park boasts over 50km of professionally built and maintained trails. From the dedicated Holden’s Creek beginner’s area, to double black diamond options such as Blood Rock and Cardiac Arrest, there are trails to suit all riding abilities and styles, from cross country beginners to downhill pros.

The trails within the park received much acclaim from the cross country racers participating in the 2009 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships and park users can ride the same trails which were used for the World Championships and the 2008 UCI World Cup round.

Skyline and The Luge have become well known favorites over the years and the trails located on the Western side of the mountain such as Deep Creek offer a fun escape from the easily accessible, high traffic areas on the Eastern side of the mountain.

Technical Trail Features (TTFs) such as see-saws, log rides and bridges are located throughout the park and the views over Canberra and the surrounding landscape from the top of the mountain are incredible.

There are 6 suggested loops which can be found on the trail head map catering to various riding abilities and it should be noted that all the mountain bike trails are one-way only. The trails within the park are used by walkers and other users and most fire roads are also designated equestrian (horse riding) trails and so please be aware, cautious and courteous at all times, particularly at trail and fire road crossings.

On going maintenance, trail improvements, events and severe weather means that certain trails will periodically be closed so be sure to check the trail status page for the latest trail information.

Recommended Equipment

It is recommended that riders ride tracks relevant to their skill level, always wear an Australian Standards helmet and ride a mountain bike in good working order.

Loop One

RATING – BEGINNERS

TIME – 20 TO 40 MINUTES

Loop 1 is a beginner friendly trail that traverses the lower slopes of Mt Stromlo and the Holden’s Creek areas. Gently winding with no difficult trail features to negotiate, Loop 1 can be ridden in different parts to lengthen or shorten the ride, ...

Loop Two

RATING – INTERMEDIATE

TIME – 45 TO 90 MINUTES

Loop 2 is one of the shorter loops climbing, traversing and taking you to access points to most of Stromlo Forest Park. The trail uses the main trunk trail network to climb gently to the top of Mt Stromlo, before a long, flowing descent back to ...

Loop Three

RATING – INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

TIME – 60 TO 90 MINUTES

Loop 3 heads out to the western side of Mt Stromlo via the northern trails and a steep climb to Echidna Gap. Once on the other side you have a long descent via Slickrock Junction to the Western edge of the Stromlo Forest Park. Plenty of ...

Loop Four

RATING – INTERMEDIATE

TIME – 90 TO 120 MINUTES

Loop 4 is a full lap of Stromlo Forest Park’s mountain bike trails, riding the CORC Main Trunk Trail all the way. The climb takes you up towards Mt Stromlo and the descent to the Western side of the mountain is where the trails are much ...

Loop Five

RATING – ADVANCED

TIME – 45 TO 60 MINUTES

Loop 5 keeps to the Eastern side of Mt Stromlo and has all the ingredients of the toughest of Cross Country laps. After gently climbing away from the car park and arriving at blue gums, the trail peels off and heads UP seriously via Cardiac Climb, ...

Loop Six

RATING – INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

TIME – 60 TO 90 MINUTES

Loop 6 is a demanding ride that takes you over the Northern trails, climbing steeply to Echidna Gap before plunging down to the Western side of Stromlo Forest Park. The superb Double Dissolution trail drops you out near the Western Car ...