Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Jerusalem

Named after Jerusalem Track, this ride starts close to the Kinglake Road which is a favoured training ride for road cyclists. Over the years I have taken many riders on the Jerusalem course and it is very popular. Nothing technical, beautiful scenery, grass trees, tall eucalyptus and firm based trails are some of the features that bring riders back. Some parts were damaged in the 2009 fires and since then grass trees have flourished and fresh green leaves on blackened trees are remarkably beautiful.

The ride starts with a fairly continuous climb into Kinglake National Park up Mount Everard Track. As this is also the return route, you finish with a fun descent. Towards the top of the Everard climb you pass Bundy Track then further on Jehoshaphat Gully Track. Both of these are closed to cycling so please do not ride on them.

At seven kilometres there is a short steep hill and if you really want to avoid it you can ride along the road to the 8.6km turn, which takes you onto Mount Jerusalem Track and a long, free-flowing descent. The track is not technical and if you have the skills you can ride it quite fast as long as you are prepared for the possibility of walkers or horses coming towards you.

The return ride is on a slightly wider trail, Old Kinglake Road, which is closed to traffic. This is a consistent four kilometres climb and never very demanding. It has plenty of shade, lovely views and you climb through an avenue of tall eucalypts.

At the top you turn left at the fire-fighting water tanks, then a steep little climb sets you up for an exhilarating downhill run to the finish.

Access

The ride begins near St Andrews, about 40km northeast of Melbourne at the base of the Kinglake Ranges. Take Heidelberg-Kinglake Road (C746) north from Hurstbridge, go through St Andrews and turn right on Buttermans Track at the edge of town. Pass Knobs Junction and turn left at Marshalls Road. The ride starts at the gate at the top of Marshalls Road (Melway map 395 K12).

Food and Drink

Nothing available at the start or on the ride. Closest shop is in St Andrews.

Side Trips

The ride passes several walking tracks that lead to very beautiful parts of the forest. St Andrews market is an eclectic mix of local produce and alternative lifestyle people. It runs every Saturday near the main road through town.

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Reset tripmeter at the top of Marshalls Rd, go around the gate and ride on the left hand trail (Mt Everard Track).
  • 3.6 Keep going straight ahead on Mt Everard Track. (Bundy Track, on your right, is closed for bikes.)
  • 7.4 Go around the gate, cross the sealed HeidelbergKinglake Rd and keep straight ahead on Cookson Hill Track. There is a short steep section ahead that can be avoided by going on the road to the 9.0km point.
  • 9.0 Go around the gate, cross Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd and go around a second gate. Keep going on Mt Jerusalem Track. You pass Shelley Harris Track (closed to bikes). Watch for horse riders as you enjoy the fast flowing descent.
  • 15.6 Cross Steels Creek, ride through the parking area and turn right onto Old Kinglake Rd. Ignore side tracks.
  • 16.8 Go around the gate and continue up a gentle 4.5km climb.
  • 21.3 Go around the gate, turn left onto Mt Everard Track passing the water tank, then up a short steep hill and return the way you came.
  • 28.8 Finish back at end of Marshalls Rd.
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    26.731 km / 16.61 mi

    Total Distance

    975 m / 3,198 ft

    Total Ascent

    975 m / 3,200 ft

    Total Descent

    526 m / 1,725 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: Medium
    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: 27.5
    Elevation Gain: 1093
    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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