Experienced riders will like it, especially those who like and can climb rocks. I end up walking those parts. A couple of guys passed me going up there the other week and looked like they had motors. I really admire those climbers; one day maybe I'll get there. But, there are plenty of easier trails and overall a great place with lots of tracks and variety, and close to home!
There are some excellent technical single tracks that will keep even experienced riders enthralled. Very hard to explain how to find them but if you got to the nobmob site they have some good maps - shortcut and perimeter are two of the better ones. Enjoy !
I rode my bike down Grizzly's for a short time then turned on to another track. Wasn't sure where I was going so I turned around and took another wrong turn. Had to push my bike up the downhill track. The metal bridge looks very sketchy and as for the landing area, broken pallets say it all. Overall it's a great place to ride.
Rode red Hill today. Lots of riding variety with lots of sharp rocks and long downhills. This is a very good dirt bike area too. Be prepared to walk up some hills as the loose rocks makes it difficult to climb, but the views are worth it and there are trails leading everywhere. You could spend all day there and not ride the same trail twice. This means you could get lost. I took my GPS in case I got lost so at least I would find the nearest road and navigate back from there. All in all fantastic riding!!!!
The entrance to Red Hill Reserve is at the gate along Lady Penrhyn Dr. The area has a good mix of firetrail and singletrack, although a lot of it is very sandy.
Head up the hill past the gate and straight through the carpark at the top. Our route today went along the firetrail, left at the intersection (right goes to the picnic area) and then right past a house. At the 4 way intersection we went right and then right again to get to the jump area.
The jump area is really well made with lots of doubles, some smaller jumps, a wall ride, tabletop, berms a plenty and just lots of fun if you are inclined to do some jumping. Most were too big for me.
Leaving the jump spot the way we came we turned right at the next intersection and then right again to go down a bit and then climb back up the other side. A few rocky outcrops start popping up and it's a little tricky to get up the top and turn left over some rocks.
Continue along for a bit and where a series of rocks go up you can either ride the trail to the left or try to ride up the rocks. They both join a little while later. We kept following what looked like the main track until we hit "The Sandpit". Unsurprisingly, it's a large sandy area! Heading straight through The Sandpit you come across a 4 way intersection.
We went straight and this took us out to the end of the ridge where there are some excellent views across to Narrabeen Lakes and into more bushland. From here we could also see that there were more tracks below and to the west.
Returning to the 4 way intersection (which is what we should have done but we tried to bush bash down to the tracks until joining onto this trail anyhow!) turn right and continue to an area that looks like dirtbikes use it to turn around, making sure to take the right at the intersection on the way there.
Ride straight through this bit and turn right at the next intersection. From here it becomes singletrack and it is pretty technical with plenty of steps to negotiate both up and down. It's generally pretty flat once at the bottom with the climbing being very gradual. We followed the main track and it followed the valley around and ended up being the tracks we could see from the ridge earlier on.
Coming around the point the track starts climbing with some large roll overs/ups and steps before hitting another trail. Turn right and go up the hill and you'll be back at the 4 way intersection. From here we rode back to the car with only 2 real variations to the route heading out. At the top of what was the first downhill we went right instead of left and towards the end we rode through the picnic area before getting back on the tarseal and the cars.
Overall it was pretty good. It started off being a bit of a worry with all of the sand, but ended up being well worth the $30 in tolls to get out there and back home, and there are still a heap more trails to explore!
Red Hill is my back yard. Ride it most weekends. It's got a bit of everything, from rough as.... to long fire trails. Easy to get lost because there are so many tracks. The most amazing thing I've seen up there (other than myself!) is a family of yabbies crawling along the track up behind uncle Doug's house. You'll usually be sharing the tracks with family walkers and motor bikes, though. It's a challenge to do all the tracks without getting off your bike as some of the down hills are pretty rough.