Australian Mountain Bike - - Places That Rock - WORDS AND PHO­TOS: BEN SYKES

PLACES THAT ROCK Knap­sack Re­serve is a spot that re­wards the ef­fort you put into know­ing it, with many op­tions through­out to put to­gether a ride that is as easy or chal­leng­ing as you want. With sev­eral kilo­me­tres of sin­gle­track in­clud­ing a black-di­a­mond down­hill trail, Knap­sack is soaked in his­tory of the Euro­pean devel­op­ment of the eastern es­carp­ment that forms the gate­way of the Blue Moun­tains. Trails have ex­isted there for a long time, for­mal­is­ing in the last decade with the ef­forts of lo­cal rid­ing groups and coun­cil, bring­ing Syn­ergy Trails in to build and man­age sus­tain­able trail devel­op­ment that hope­fully pro­vides a work­ing ex­am­ple of how trail devel­op­ment can ben­e­fit the area.


Knap­sack Re­serve is nes­tled in to the north­ern side of the Great Western High­way at Glen­brook. Carpark ac­cess is lim­ited, there is a small carpark right next to the park which is often full of walk­ers’ and riders’ cars or a lit­tle fur­ther down out­side Knap­sack Oval. How­ever a much larger car park ex­ists at the sport­ing fields / skate park com­plex on Hare St which is only a 5-10 minute ride away from the re­serve.

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