The Loop includes the wide, easy fire tracks many visitors will be familiar with but also takes in some lesser known single track which was previously off limits to mountain bikes. The single track sections range from easy through to challenging. Some segments of the fire trails are also challenging as they are extremely, (get off and walk if you don't hit it right), steep.
Developed as part of the DEWR People and Parks Strategy, the Loop gives riders the opportunity to visit difficult to reach areas of the park whilst giving the heart rate, and adrenaline levels a boost.
The Loop, marked yellow on the Trail Map, is very well signposted and easy to navigate. You can download a copy here . This updated trail map clearly denotes the shared use trail network and shows those tracks where bikes are allowed.
The official Loop, commences at the intersection of Queens Jubilee Drive and The Valley Road and is to be ridden in a clockwise direction. However, another option if you prefer to get in as much off bitumen riding as possible is to enter via the Sheoak Road shared use entrance and ride the The Lodge Track, then Echo Track to State Flora Nursery where you can then pick up the Loop. This route is around 16km. Allow up to three hours (2 hours ride time) including a few breaks to take in the scenery.
From State Flora, grit your teeth, tighten your shoes and start grinding as you need to climb to the top of the park along the Queens Jubilee Drive to Waverley Ridge Lodge. Come on, its good for you.
From there, let the fun commence, its mostly downhill, well, mostly. I should mention here that these are shared use trails so watch your speed and be vigilant for walkers. Just below the Waverly Lodge Entrance and Information Board, the loop takes in a brilliant little section of flowing single track complete with a few small jumps if you choose to hit them. I like this bit so much I often ride back up along Saddle Hill Road just to do it again.
The Loop then takes you to one of Belair's hidden treasures. A challenging section of single track in a hidden valley that brings you out in the Sequoia Plantation. Take care on this section as it is relatively remote and has a steep shoulder with blackberries below the track.
There are lovely prickly blackberries to break your fall along this section. Stay upright.
After that, give your legs a good talking to as the Loop climbs out of the valley and up to Eastern Lodge and the Park's southern boundary. Some of this is very steep and you may end up walking for some it. From the Eastern Lodge the Loop roughly follows the southern fence line. The first sections are fire tracks but then it goes back to some fun flowing single track. Eventually the track turns north and loops back to the bitumen (The Valley Road).