Exploring Roseberg State Forest – A Family Loop

Time at Fox Hill Hollow is precious at the moment as there is just so much to do and so time riding is precious indeed!  After our last epic ride we fancied something a little more family friendly, a little loop that we could fit in before or after a day on the tools or whatever we happened to be doing.  Boy did we find it!

Fox Hill Hollow is situated at the bottom of a very large hill, you don’t realise how steep the hill is until you try, bleary eyed to power up it of a morning.  The hills do not stop for quite a while, around 7 Km in fact as that’s when you hit the forest.

Roseberg is our closest forest and it is a beauty with patches of Yellow and Red box gums, moss-covered rocky outcrops and precious water-filled creeks.  We entered this ride on Widow’s fire trail chosen as it skirted around the base of one of the 900 metre rocky peaks making it suitable for our whole family to ride.

me on my bike Roseberg easy trail

The trail was in great condition (well done forest rangers) and would be well suited to either cycle cross or mountain bike (we were on the latter) plus it was beautiful.  As is usual for me when I get out into the forest I was soon whisked away into my imagination, thanks to the beautiful array of natural aromas emanating from the native vegetation…..

Out West

I’ll ride out in the country

Through forests of tea

Race ‘roos startled by me

Watch lizards roam free

I’ll pack water

And sunscreen

And sweet juicy snacks

And disappear Westwards

With dreams on my back.

The track we took was around 13Km from the forest entrance and back to the car but door-to-door from Fox Hill Hollow would have been more like 27Km so a decent morning ride with plenty of challenging ups and downs.

Here are the strava stat for the ride out from the start of the track (we drove to here) and back to our home base (Aub rode, I drove and took pictures of him because I’m lazy).

Roseberg ride 25 Jan

  • Out of our property the gradient hits a maximum of 25%
  • The maximum gradient on our forest loop was 20% uphill and 24.1% downhill making this a great little cardio work out.
  • There is a lovely 3.8km downhill section in this loop down what looks like a dry water course.
  • Watch out for Kangaroos!
  • The ride cuts past many other different tracks which we will explore at a later date making it easy to up or down scale this loop to suit different riders.

We weren’t really pushing it this time as we wanted to record all of the trails we passed and get a feel for the terrain and that we did. Looking forward to our next outing as I for one need to get these lardy legs moving a bit faster 🙂

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