Denman Prospect and Stromlo West

Riding the western slopes of Mount Stromlo. 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 25.7 km, a 500 m rise, hilly, and with no locked gates. A mountain bike is recommended.

Denman Prospect Forest loop

Views of Denman Prospect and the Molonglo Valley. Gravel ride through the forest to a hilltop for great views and down to the Molonglo River again. The route starts and ends at the Denman Prospect R10 bus stop. Find at the shops a café, supermarket, and toilets. Ride in a clockwise direction for minimum gradients. Mountain bike recommended. Length 8 km and 180 m rise. Steep descent. The ride is very enjoyable.

Isaac Ridge peak from Woden Bus Station

Forest ride, 220m climb and 16km return for great views. Take the bus to Woden. Ride to the peak of Isaac Ridge ride and back. First a gentle climb along a good bike path to the southern end of the ridge before doubling back for the second half of the climb and the ascent to the ridge along The Spine singletrack. The ridge is then mostly flat until just before the peak.

Mount Majura: highest of the city peaks

Mount Majura Road is an interesting CAT 3 hill climb. Going up is a fitness challenge. Going down the Mineshaft Descent is a challenge for the nerves. If you like hills this is a good ride. Mount Majura is part of Canberra Nature Park.

Molonglo and Murrumbidgee views: Stockdill Drive

A sunset ride on Stockdill Drive is one of the best things you can do. The road suddenly ends, which discourages traffic. Apart from a farm or two, nobody lives there. You will pass the Woodstock Nature Reserve and Shepherd Lookout along the way – a lot to see in just 3.4 km.

West of Stromlo: ride on the far side

Riding on the west slopes of Mount Stromlo along a serpentine route with views of the Brindabella Ranges. Mount Stromlo Forest is a large reserve on the slopes of Mount Stromlo. West of the mountain, many creeks run off undulating hills into the Murrumbidgee River, and have cut into the clay to form deep creek beds.

Black Mountain: too big to miss

Black Mountain forest, close to Civic, is rarely explored. The north and west slopes of the mountain offer excellent cycling on formed vehicle trails. Beautiful walking trails crisscross the mountain.

Hall on the Canberra Centenary Trail

Hall and Tharwa stand out in the ACT as they were there before everything else. It is difficult to ride to Hall with the lack of a bike path and only one access road. Mountain bikers know it as the starting point of the 17 km long, ACT northern border Canberra Centenary Trail.

Bicentennial National Trail between Hawker and Strathnairn

The Bicentennial National Trail can be ridden with a mountain bike from Hawker to Strathnairn in Belconnen west. The Pinnacle Nature Reserve in Hawker is a gem. A photo essay of the ride.

Horse Park Drive Gungahlin

A ride from Belconnen to Thorsby, and then along Horse Park Drive in Gungahlin to Casey shops before returning via Gungahlin Pond. A ride from Belconnen to Thorsby, and then along Horse Park Drive in Gungahlin to Casey shops before returning via Gungahlin Pond.