Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Triangle
This is a shortened version of a ride called Hamptons Hoot in my first MTB book (1998). It was 35km, in reality probably seldom ridden fully because of the effort involved. This version still packs a couple of big hits, particularly the Mount Gordon climb and descent. I’ve named it after the triangle of bush between Marysville, Buxton and Narbethong, and Triangle Track which runs along one side. At times during this ride it reminded me more of the triangle that convicts were chained to when being flogged!
The Mount Gordon climb is a middle ring slog on a dirt road with a bit of stone. It is a great way to get some serious height and outstanding views across to the Cathedral Range. The descent that follows has views down to Marysville but don’t look! The steep rocky track is a Telstra cable route and it takes a bit of skill to negotiate. As always, be sensible and walk this section if it compromises your safety. I recorded the ride in mid June and the combination of Mount Gordon, a near gale and sweaty lycra was not a pleasant mix.
The next day, snow fell and I was pleased not to be still exploring. In warmer weather the area is fantastic to explore with many great options to extend the ride, such as Worcesters Track and Peake Track. After the Mount Gordon descent there are some stunning sections of trail through tree ferns and forest with intense shades of green showing the emergence of new life after the 2009 fires. You have a series of short climbs and descents around the Mary Meadow area and some of these can be more challenging than they look when wet and traction becomes an issue.
There is one final adventure towards the end of the ride where we give you the option of crossing the river at a ford or making your way to a nearby pedestrian/ bike bridge. Sometime in the future a bridge will be constructed at the ford site. Alternatively, you can ride on about one kilometre and return via Link Track and retrace the way you started the ride.
Take the Maroondah Highway from Melbourne to Marysville, approximately 95km (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.
18.328 km / 11.388 mi
723 m / 2,370 ft
762 m / 2,500 ft