Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Andrew Hill
This is one of our favourite rides in the Kinglake area – lots of contrasts with a good section of singletrack. The route has a couple of tough climbs followed by fast, non-technical descents. After 1km of bitumen to warm up, this trip gets serious with a 3km climb to the top of Andrew Hill on a well-maintained fire trail with about 2km of singletrack before the fire trail resumes for the rest of the ride.
The length and the solid climbing make this a perfect ride for fitness. The scenic beauty of the area is another great attraction. Wildlife is often sighted and some lovely views unfold as you climb into the forest. You don’t need much in the way of technical skills to ride this with safety, but you will certainly feel that you have been mountain biking when you finish.
We would like to think you will spend half a day on this ride because it is a beauty, especially in spring and autumn, when it is neither too hot nor too chilly. The climb up Andrew Hill to the highest point in Kinglake National Park is a great warm up and the run around Mountain Creek Track that follows includes a nice downhill run. After the 2009 fires we saw a stag in here but we imagine he’s moved further from town now that the bush is growing back.
Once you emerge from Mountain Creek Track, you need to watch for the entrance to a singletrack section that takes you parallel to Eucalyptus Road before you cross it into Island Creek Track. Here a burnt bridge awaits replacement but can be crossed with care. After a short section on Captains Creek Road, you head northwest on Boggy Creek Road then this ride shares the last section of Kinglake Canter.
This ride is located in and around Kinglake National Park about 60km north east of Melbourne. Take the Melba Highway from Yarra Glen, past the Kinglake/ Toolangi crossroads. Turn left at Westbridge Road and follow for 3km to our start/finish point at the intersection of Eucalyptus and Captains Creek roads (Melway X910 Q10).
Food and Drink
This is strictly a BYO affair, although Eucalyptus Rd/ Glenburn Rd will take you the 10km into Kinglake if you need supplies or a caffeine fix.
Consider staying overnight at The Gums camping area, further along Eucalyptus Road on the right from our start point if you are doing this ride and Kinglake Canter (ride 37) over a weekend. The campground has been beautifully rebuilt since the 2009 bushfires and is right across the road from the climb to the top of Andrew Hill. This is a simple, bush camp with toilet facilities and very pleasant camp sites.
28.141 km / 17.486 mi
937 m / 3,074 ft
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