The Glass House Mountains bike rides are becoming more popular as more people discover this area which was once just known to the locals.
A lot of mountain bikers come up from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coasters have found the area as well in recent years.
Sure, at some Glass House Mountains bike rides you will have to share with 4WD's and motorbikes, and yes there are some idiots amongst those two groups but if we all try real hard to share nicely and discourage those that are idiots in our chosen recreation activity from being so, everyone should be able to enjoy this beautiful natural area.
You will also encounter horse riders and walkers and even runners at different locations throughout the many trails and tracks, just remember.
Respect - Tolerance - Empathy
Many road cyclists travel from Landsborough train station and enjoy many of the quiet back roads in the area but it is the mountain bike riders that get to all of the interesting and special places using the many formed bike tracks in the area.
At present I have divided this bike rides page in to two sections:
Glass House Mountains Bike Rides - Road
Glass House Mountains Bike Rides - Off Road
Update July 2013
I just noticed a new set of signs on Old Gympie Road on the section that runs between Beerwah and Glasshouse Mountains.
Because of the many road cyclists that use this section of road for training, especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings, it has finally been recognised with a sign to remind motorists that they should be more aware of bikes.
If you love to punish yourself, when you start at Landsborough head straight towards Maleny, where just outside town you will find a steep 5km uphill section. It has been many years since I rode up this myself but not so long ago that I rode the 5km down hill.
Once you make it to the top of the range you have a few choices of beautiful scenic roads to follow, my pick, considering I am a lazy cyclist, would be Mountain View Road which hasen't as many hills as most other roads along the Blackall Range and has the benefit of a very nice cafe at Mary Cairncross Park and wonderful views of the Glass House Mountains.
Of course if your aim is to see the mountains close up you would choose the many back roads, see my Drives page. Unfortunately most of the local back roads are not very bike friendly (narrow with no shoulder) especially when many of the locals drive way to fast but if you are experienced with this type of situation you should have no problems, or get a MTB and don't mix with the traffic.
We have an almost unlimited amount of great bikes rides around here, where do I start.
You have a few tracks that are for use by mountain bikes, horses and walkers.
There are many dirt tracks beside the sealed roads and there are many dirt roads, forestry trails and other places you can legally and safely ride your mountain bike.
Is right near my home town of Landsborough. It has some good pretty easy bike trails which are ideal for a fun, not too difficult ride.
You can just do the Tunnel Track (3km) / Rail Trail (3.2km) between Mooloolah and Landsborough, following the old rail line and goes through an old rail tunnel.
This track is 6.2km in total.
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You can take the main 9.6km main track from the picnic area near the dam wall or shorter tracks. Just be aware there are some tracks that are signed for walking only.
Click Here To See My Story About Bike Riding At Ewen Maddock Dam
Link the two together and ride about 20.8km from Ewan Maddock Dam picnic area to Mooloolah, via Landsborough.
Note No.1 : If riding from dam to Landsborough you will get to Gympie Street North, follow this across the railway line and just past the school, turn right into Myla Road and follow that for about 1km (it becomes Cunningham Avenue). When you get to Beech Road turn right and you will see the car park for the national park.
Note No. 2 : If riding from Mooloolah to Landsborough when you get to the carpark exit onto Beech Road and immediately turn left into Cunningham Avenue follow this (it becomes Myla Road) to the school and turn left onto Gympie Street North, follow this until you reach the locked gate and info shelter, this is about 550m/2min from the Tunnel Ridge Road turnoff.
There are many more bike rides, tracks, paths and roads to tell you about when I get the time to write them, please come back another time to check out what I have been up to or even better subscribe to my RSS feed and get automatic updates without even having to give me your email address.
Even better again, is for you to tell everyone about your favourite ride in the Glass House Mountains area (or even other areas close by) using the form on this page.
I like to have a read of all the interesting blog post of Neil Ennis, click here to go to Neil's Blog
The map above is from Bikely
This is a link to the Sunshine Coast Council website's mountain biking guide and maps
This is a link to the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing page about Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests
Here you will find information about bike riding in state forests as well as plenty of other useful info such as details of the Coochin Creek camping area.
Have you ever heard of MTB Orienteering which combines riding and navigation, well I hadn't until I had a look at the website for MTBO.
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