The Pinnacle behind Hawker on gravel

The Pinnacle Nature Reserve lies on the hill behind Hawker. It is part of the Canberra Nature Park. A ride around the edge of the reserves along the management trails is about 11 km in length. A good walk but only a short ride. However, other management trails wind across the hill and combined make for a relaxing sunset ride with great views over the Whitlam, Molonglo River and Brindabella Range in the distance.

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Hill climbs of interest in the suburbs

Some love hills. There is satisfaction found climbing a hill and the reward of a magnificent view at the top. The ride down is a real thrill. Here are suggested hill climbs that lie in the heart of the suburbs.

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Mount Stromlo to the Murrumbidgee River

A rideable corridor to the Murrumbidgee River came up again with the release of “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” report this week. Here is the proposed route. 

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West ACT: riding on gravel

It has been said there is good riding in the ACT. Namadgi National Park and behind that Brindabella National Park are close to Canberra. That makes them interesting, however, none of the rides are short. The ACT Environment website provides information about the management trails.

Update 24 April 2021 Namadgi National Park

Namadgi National Park has been closed for over a year and now some sections have opened again. The gravel section of Boboyan Road is in poor condition and a 4WD is recommended. Orroral Valley Road is closed leaving just Apollo Road open.

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Canberra Centenary Trail without the suburbs

The Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT) is a nice ride with the exception that so much is through the suburbs. Without directional signage through the suburbs, Komoot will be required to find our way. Canberra.bike suggests that we may as well stay on dirt roads.

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Denman Prospect and Stromlo West

A gravel ride from Denman Prospect shops, to Stromlo Forest and across its western slopes. The route winds its way over hills and across creeks, with uninterrupted views of the Murrumbidgee Valley and the Brindabella Range. The ride is 25.7km, a 500m rise, hilly, and with no locked gates. A mountain bike is recommended.

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Much to like about Stromlo

Mount Stromlo and Stromlo Forest Park are favourites for many Canberrans. Here are a few reasons to head that way soon. Stromlo Forest Park is an easy ride if you live in the Woden Valley and Weston Creek. For those in the north, surprisingly even Civic and Belconnen are surprisingly distant.

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