The Magoebaskloof area is fast becoming a mecca for mountain bikers. Various Mountain Biking events are hosted in the area and marked trails have been established by TMA. These link accommodation providers making them easily accessible. Permits are required to use these trails and are available at Cheerio Trout Lodge, and the Magoebaskloof Adventures. The cost is R40 per day and kids under 12 are free.
The Magoebaskloof Tourism Association in conjunction with various establishments have developed five mountain bike trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.
These trails can be accessed from the properties as indicated on the trail descriptions. The trails are well marked..
Please read and abide by The Rules of Use - these applies to all the routes.
Maps are available for the some routes. Profiles of the routes are available below.
Blue Route - Stanford Lake/ Ebenezer Dam
This 5.3km route is suitable for families with young children. It follows the edge of Stanford Lake and Ebenezer Dam on well used roads and is fairly flat. It can be extended by 3km by following the road along Ebenezer dam further and returning the same way. It can be accessed from Stanford Lake Lodge
Orange Route - Cheerio/Sequoia
This 5km route is suitable for families with lovely single track to test technical skills. Experienced riders can do several laps for training purposes. It passes through the pine plantations, avocado orchards and the beautiful gardens of Cheerio and Sequoia along grass paths and roads. The climb to the top of the hill is made worth the effort by the spectacular views of the Wolkberg and Cheerio Valley. It can be accessed from Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort, Sequoia and Cheerio Gardens.
Black - Magoebaskloof Adventures
This 10km route is for very experienced mountain bikers. 5km of technical single track hug the contours of the Letaba Gorge through riverine forest. A steep climb gives spectacular views of Georges Valley before a steep descent back to the start. It can be accessed from Magoebaskloof Adventures
Green - Cheerio/ Sequoia/Bramasole/ Stanford Lake College
This 20km route is suitable for experienced riders and weekend warriors who want to test their strength and stamina. It follows roads through plantations, gardens and natural forest, passed secluded dams and babbling streams. The climbs are steep and long but the views from the top over the Ebenezer dam towards the Wolkberg make it all worthwhile. It can be accessed from Stanford Lake College, Cheerio Gardens, Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort, Sequoia, Bramasole and Zwakala.
Yellow - Ebenezer/ Broederstroom
This 30 km route is suitable for most riders. It follows the Blue route along the edge of Stanford Lake and Ebenezer Dam before branching off up a long climb to cross the R71. It then follows the Broederstroom on flat but sometimes grassy roads towards Cheerio. The valley has abundant bird life and the constant babble of the river is energizing. A loop through Sequoia, Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort and Cheerio Gardens follows the green route to the L Road/ R71 intersection and through pine plantations before diverting to pass Stanford Lake College and cross the R71 again. It can be accessed from Stanford Lake Lodge, Stanford Lake College, Sequoia, Cheerio Trout Lode and Cheerio Gardens.
Yellow + Green
To ride a 50km route, start from Stanford Lake Lodge and follow the yellow route. At Cheerio the yellow and green routes link. Follow the Green route from here. Once you return to the link, follow the yellow route back to the start.
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