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.
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.
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.
26.731 km / 16.61 mi
1,025 m / 3,363 ft
526 m / 1,725 ft