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      Bruce Ridge Nature Park is one of the of thirty three separate protected areas in and around Canberra that make up the Canberra Nature Park series in the Australian Capital Territory, ranging from bushland hills to lowland native grassland. Many of the areas have previously been cleared for grazing, but many are now returning to native bushland through re-vegetation and rehabilitation programs.

      Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve is a 94 hectare area of Canberra Nature Park, located less than five kilometers north-west of the Canberra Civic Centre. The reserve is bounded by O’Connor Ridge Nature Reserve to the east and Gossan Hill Nature Reserve to the west.

      Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve has significant natural values and preserves several threatened flora species and threatened vegetation communities. Despite the inevitable impacts of the reserve’s proximity to a substantial urban centre, it retains ecological integrity, the protection of which remains the management priority for the ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS).

      Bruce Ridge Nature Park is enclosed by simple wire fences with gates are provided for people to walk or run in the park. Motorbikes are excluded. Bruce Ridge Nature Park has two reservoirs, as part of ACT Electricity and Water’s supply network.

      Because of Bruce Ridge’s close proximity to residential areas, it has been subject to illicit mountain bike trail building that threatens wildlife habitat, a number of species of rare flora communities and some sensitive indigenous sites.

      An assessment of the ecological values of Bruce Ridge and a community consultation process identified that formalisation of some of the existing cycling trails would minimise the impact on flora and fauna of the reserve and have significant safety, environmental and social benefits.

      Early in 2011 the ACT Parks and Conservation Service sought to engage interested parties to discuss the issue and determine a process to formalise some of the cycling tracks in Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve. As a result, the Friends of Bruce Ridge (FoBR) Nature Park Group was established to support the excellent efforts of PCS staff to sustain the nature park.

      While trail restoration works are well underway, the full outcome of the collaboration will take years to be recognised. The project, with professional input from ACT Government ecologists and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), along with Parks and Conservation and FoBR will:

      protect and enhance the integrity of ecological values in the reserve;
      decrease the 20 kms of informal trail networks to 14 kms of formal trails over the 94 ha of Bruce Ridge;
      close and regenerate unsustainable trails and trails that have a high ecological impacts;
      design sustainable shared trails that provide a safe and sustainable trail network and considers recreational activities, in the reserve; and
      increase safety for all recreational users of the reserve.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: Crown Land
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      Region Status
      Open as of Feb 19, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      44
      Trails Mountain Bike
      44
      Trails E-Bike
      1
      Trails Hike
      44
      Trails Trail Running
      44
      Total Distance
      23 miles
      Total Descent
      2,943 ft
      Total Vertical
      745 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,647 ft
      Reports
      1,245
      Photos
      28
      Ridden Counter
      14,832

      Photos of Bruce Ridge Mountain Bike

      trail: Just in time
      34 |
      Nov 24, 2022 @ 11:18pm
      Nov 24, 2022
      31 |
      Jun 18, 2022 @ 10:49pm
      Jun 18, 2022
      trail: Log Run
      39 |
      Jun 18, 2022 @ 10:48pm
      Jun 18, 2022
      23 |
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 2:58am
      Mar 20, 2022
      trail: Heath Run
      28 |
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 2:58am
      Mar 20, 2022
      51 |
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 2:56am
      Mar 20, 2022
      trail: Just in time
      84 |
      Jun 15, 2021 @ 5:28am
      Jun 15, 2021
      49 |
      Jun 15, 2021 @ 5:26am
      Jun 15, 2021

      Videos of Bruce Ridge Mountain Bike

      Health Run @ Bruce Ridge, Full Trail Detail vid
      trail: Heath Run
      200 | Jun 1, 2021
      Daviesia of Bruce Ridge - Full Trail Detail vid
      326 | Jun 1, 2021
      Hidey Ho @ Bruce Ridge, FULL TRAIL Detail vid
      trail: Hidey Ho
      5:07 | 234 | Oct 26, 2022 , Canberra

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      Feb 12, 2024 @ 9:47pm
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      Nov 29, 2023 @ 4:14pm
      Nov 29, 2023

      Recent Comments

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      KilMeThrillMetrailRake HoeLarge tree down across trail
      Feb 20, 2022 @ 4:10pm
      Feb 20, 2022
      KrissykrissytrailBox Gum MarginBetter to be ridden from high to low...
      Jun 14, 2021 @ 8:31pm
      Jun 14, 2021
      Dic81htrailDaviesia DownThe best trail here
      Jan 5, 2021 @ 2:38am
      Jan 5, 2021
      Friendy31reportDaviesia DownStill closed
      Dec 28, 2020 @ 10:34pm
      Dec 28, 2020
      Siddharth08trailRake HoeIt’s the mini version of divesea down
      Jun 5, 2020 @ 11:39pm
      Jun 5, 2020

      Nearby Areas

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      Aranda Primary School1.3 km
      National Arboretum 192.9 km
      The Pinnacle Nature Reserve3.3 km
      Zoo Pines 143.8 km
      Molonglo Pines (Poo Pines) 6 12 5 14.4 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike4423 miles2,943 ft10 miles745 ft
      #563#48281,245818,392
      E-Bike12 miles745 ft
      1,1101722
      Hike4423 miles2,943 ft10 miles745 ft
      #379#181,245116
      Trail Running4423 miles2,943 ft10 miles745 ft
      #384#211,2451627
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