Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Yaugher Foxtail Loop

Yaugher Foxtail Loop is the best ride to see and feel what Forrest offers. You get a good idea of the trail network and other options to include in your next ride. Soon after leaving the trailhead there’s a section of double track then the fun begins! Yaugher is not technical; it flows around many twists and turns through beautiful vegetation. You can also take a less experienced rider with you on this trail; it’s a good one for building skills and confidence while having a whole lot of fun.

Look for the sign marked Trail 7 at the Yaugher Trailhead. Soon after the start you encounter one of the very few wet spots on the course. Generally, the rest of the trail is well drained and rideable throughout the year, although it always pays to check the Forrest Trails website for changed trail conditions, especially in wet weather.

A narrow twisty trail through stands of grass trees and eucalypts gives a sense of fun and beauty. The technical challenges throughout this ride are quite consistent. You can ride with confidence at a speed that suits your ability. If you do come across another rider, give plenty of warning in order to pass safely on these narrow trails.

By turning onto Foxtail (at the sign for Trail number 10) you extend your ride a little and get to experience a couple of introductory level technical sections before rejoining the loop. Further into the ride there are some gentle climbs and descents, but these are not significant and just add exhilaration. You are likely to feel quite disoriented first time on the trail, but in reality you are never very far from the trailhead, and all other trails are clearly marked so you really can’t go wrong. As you are riding through mature forest there is always plenty of shade and protection from wind. The nature of the soil and the trail design enables year round riding.

Access

The ride starts at the Yaugher Trailhead (which services the main network of trails). It is accessed from Boundary Road, a short distance north of Forrest, on the Forrest- Birregurra Road. Look for the sign marked Trail 7.

Food and Drink

You can get a small range of snacks from the general store in the main street of Forrest. Grocery shopping in the town of Forrest is limited so it pays to stock up before you come. The Forrest general store has a range of essentials but for supermarkets, stop at Colac on the way.

Side Trip

  • Drive down to the coast to Apollo Bay
  • Ride or drive to Lake Elizabeth car park, then enjoy a 20-30 minute walk down to the lake
  • Try the local beers at the brewery
  • Check out West Barwon Reservoir
  • Great road cycling opportunities. The annual Amy’s Gran Fondo ride travels through this area.
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    9.504 km / 5.906 mi

    Total Distance

    240 m / 788 ft

    Total Ascent

    262 m / 859 ft

    Total Descent

    248 m / 815 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Low
    MTB Segment: flow
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 11.7
    Elevation Gain: 205
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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