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.
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.
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174 m / 572 ft
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