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Talingbo - North Kosciusko Ride advice


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By Chris64 - Posted on 20 January 2010

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

Hi There,
I will be in Talingbo at the northern end of Kosciuszko national park next week ( about 1/2 an hour south of Tumut). Can any body recommand good XC trails in the area? I am planning to bring my bike. Many thanks- Chris

Rob's picture

You mean Talbingo?

Well, straight off I can see a 93km route anti-clockwise up Yellow Access Road, Snubba Road, Bago Forest Way, Hydes Old Road, Bullongra Road, Ash Creek Road and Powerline Road. Well, this is all firetrail marked on the topo anyhow, and you could probably cut the NW corner to shorten some. But even so, that probably isn't what you are looking for Eye-wink

Nah - aside from Thredbo and some stuff we know about at Lake Jindy not sure about an single track in he area. Loads of fire trail though, there must be some great country to explore.

Chris64's picture

Thank Rob, yeah I mean Talbingo in North KosciusZko park . By the way is there any alternative to Topo maps . I find they are bloody expensive here . Isn't there free legit version like in the US or Europe I could load on my Garmin.

jeremya's picture

Jim Trail, who often contributes to AMB ,voted Wild Horse Ridge which is just South of Talbingo, as his best ride ever in AMB a few years back. We tried it and it was good, but a long way short of best ride. Its a bugger to get back up the road to the car though .

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although i have not ridden the trails they recently hosted a MTB event which was run by Wildhorizons the same guys that do the Highland Fling. I did the XC trails at Thredbo the other weekend - just my opinion but i didnt find the trails very exciting and some areas were not well maintained or marked. but if you are in the area you may as well try them out.

Chris64's picture

Thanks Guys. Jeremy do you know where I could find the gpx file for Wild Horse Ridge- Thanks.

jeremya's picture

No but the ridge is very clear on the map(if you can afford it). I have the map at home and may be able to figure out how to attach a pdf of it tomorrow . It starts at a turnoff and gate about 15klm out of town at the top of the ridge and ends up near the dam on the road you drove up on

Rob's picture

You can view (NSW) topo maps online using Department of Lands SIX viewer:

https://six.lands.nsw.gov.au/

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Chris64's picture

Thanks for the tips. I have looked at the Topo map on the Dpt of Land website but could not locate the wild horse ridge. Is the start on the Snowy highway? Going south is it on the East or West?

jeremya's picture

I have 1:100000 Yarrangobilly map no 8526. The Ridge is right at the north of Talbingo Reservoir on the west side. You drive across the spillway across the bottom end of "Talbingo Fire Dam Trail" (which is the ride ) . You get to the other end of this trail at the top of the hill at a turnoff and gate. The Map shows "wild Horse Ridge"with "talbingo Fire Dam road " writte underneath.
Sorry I failed to attach a map to this post but can send it to you as a normal email . Its only a short ride- about 10k though

Chris64's picture

Thanks for the info on Wild horse ridge. We ended up doing a few 40 K + rides in the High Country plains near the Tanangara reservoir, and Mt Jagunal wilderness area. Fantastic landscape, mostly double tracks marked as management trail. They felt as good as single track in places because they are lightly used and sometime seriously over grown, sunny weather and 24 degrees. Nothing technical but good workout in terms of elevation. Definitely the best XC riding I have had in a long time. Too bad it is 6 hours drive from Sydney. I will put the links in another post.

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