Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Marysville Loop
A short ride packed with contrasts in scenery and views, giving you a great introduction to Marysville. Like all good rides you start with a climb and finish with a really nice descent. Red Hill climb will have most riders using granny gear but the view from the top and the descent that follows is a just reward for the effort. If you prefer, the climb can be avoided by following the sign to Marysville at 10.8km.
From the start in the heart of town you have a short uphill section on the main road before you turn onto the formed dirt tracks. These were constructed as part of the bushfire recovery process. Signage throughout these trails is very clear and as a result, navigating your way around this ride is very easy. The location of Marysville township, in the foothills of mountain ranges, means that rides starting here will be hilly.
Soon after the start of Wilks Creek trail you have a number of very pleasant undulations and water run offs to roll over and for the remainder of the ride you are either going up or down. As you approach Taggerty River, the course flattens out and there is a very pretty scenic spot. A perfect place to stop and have a break. Crushed stone has been laid on the trail near here due to the potential for boggy conditions. A little further on is a solid climb up Red Hill followed by a fast downhill back to the outskirts of town
Take the Maroondah Highway from Melbourne to Marysville, approximately 95km to the North East of Melbourne (Melway Map X910 T11). The start of all our Marysville rides is at the information centre in Murchison Street, the main road through town.
Food and Drink
Plenty of options including cafés and bakery close to the start.
There is plenty to see and do in and around Marysville, and the information centre at the start of the ride has an excellent range of resources to help you plan other activities. Lake Mountain is easily accessible and has new mountain bike trails being constructed. On this ride you pass Bruno’s Sculpture Garden, well worth a visit after your excursion.
12.908 km / 8.021 mi
436 m / 1,432 ft
589 m / 1,931 ft