25.2 miles
Distance
2,147 ft
Climb
-2,148 ft
Descent
644 ft
High Point

Out and back thru portions of Manly Dam and then on to Cascades and St Ives. Not technical but lots of hills.

Detailed Description
Cascades and St Ives is a 25 mile popular intermediate route located near Sydney. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 2,147 ft with a max elevation of 644 ft then descends -2,148 ft.
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15 Reviews & Comments

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GabrielSyler (Jan 16, 2022 at 0:28)
A lot of loose rocks. not so bad for the downhill ride but makes the ride back up a little more difficult.
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DemonicBurns (Dec 23, 2021 at 23:13)
Trail South Trail
Had great fun on ncm Moscow plus ebike ended up doing whole trial and I did skip some jumps and that but overall was great first ride at manly dam
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JackFolkes (Oct 30, 2021 at 23:47)
Trail Wildflower
Needs a lot of work. Very rutted and sandy.
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Pennoes (Apr 5, 2021 at 1:17)
Trail Wildflower
Best to ride this from Showground east. Fair bit of wash out has happened since the heavy rain and areas of mud bogs difficult to climb up but ok going down.
This track could be quite fun with a little bit of track care.
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Pennoes (Apr 5, 2021 at 1:16)
Great little fun track. A relatively easy blue except for the rock drops which as others have said generally can be rolled or avoided. I think this track is more fun than Muppet Show itself. Great for building skills.
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Pennoes (Apr 5, 2021 at 1:16)
Great little fun track. A relatively easy blue except for the rock drops which as others have said generally can be rolled or avoided. I think this track is more fun than Muppet Show itself. Great for building skills.
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bradmart (Oct 10, 2020 at 18:18)
Fun trail. A few rocks etc that are easy enough to rollover. Great to improve skills on.
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bradmart (Oct 10, 2020 at 18:18)
Fun trail. A few rocks etc that are easy enough to rollover. Great to improve skills on.
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Slats999 (May 18, 2020 at 16:34)
Has been graded recently so is nice to ride atm
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MTBLizard21 (May 3, 2020 at 0:56)
Best Start: St Ives. This trail is quite fun and possible for begginers to do. Rock Rolls and Drops are avoidable if needed and nothing is unrollable. The rock rolls and drops are fun though and good skills practice. Best to do a there and back.
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MTBLizard21 (May 3, 2020 at 0:56)
Best Start: St Ives. This trail is quite fun and possible for begginers to do. Rock Rolls and Drops are avoidable if needed and nothing is unrollable. The rock rolls and drops are fun though and good skills practice. Best to do a there and back.
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joshchalloner (Feb 5, 2020 at 23:58)
Trail Wildflower
Needs a service but still extremely fun. Love the rock berms
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joshchalloner (Dec 25, 2019 at 22:28)
Very nice trail but you should start from st Ives Showground coz that's the way you get all the good drops. Very good connector to muppet show east and the fire trails
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joshchalloner (Dec 25, 2019 at 22:28)
Very nice trail but you should start from st Ives Showground coz that's the way you get all the good drops. Very good connector to muppet show east and the fire trails
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jasonbaverstock (Mar 8, 2018 at 2:22)
This is trail is called Red Roads
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Cascades and St Ives mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    112 ft
  • Altitude start
    208 ft
  • Altitude end
    207 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -38.4%
  • Grade min
    43.6%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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