MTB Nerang State Forest

It has taken a while but I have finally started venturing into Nerang State Forest. There is a reported 50 km of single track scattered throughout the native forest, only about 20 km so far legal with the remainder still being mapped assessed and made legal. The Geology is predominantly sandstone with some metamorphic rocks on the peaks. It is steeply undulating country resulting in riding similar to Jerrabomberra. There is some smooth riding in the hollows, but much is rocky and over roots.Nerang SF 002

Riding starts from the Nerang velodrome and road crit. track. Rides so far have involved heading out on a well-used track then just taking the best looking turns until one realises they have no idea where they are. Then you ride for another 30-40min hoping that instinct and track alignments return you to some recognisable landmark or trail to get you back to the starting point. This was again my predicament yesterday when I ended up on an old track that descended into a steep bedrock creek…

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There are other freeride and XC areas close by and GCCC (Council) are starting on the 2018 Commonwealth Games XC course soon. So, if you are heading north to escape the harsh Canberra winter, throw in your mtb and take time to call by the Gold Coast hinterland.

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  1. Nice looking tracks…. is that a skiddy on the last photo 🙂

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