Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Yellow Dog
This is a little ripper! Easy navigation, climbs, descents, varied trails, scenery and all just on the outskirts of town. It is a perfect ride to increase fitness and maintain bike skills and confidence. More experienced riders will also find much to enjoy. You can increase the ride to 11.5km by continuing on to Steavenson Falls from the 2.3km point, then returning and turning right onto Yellow Dog Road.
A gentle climb on the shared use trail continues from the start most of the way to the turn onto Yellow Dog Road at 2.3km. Turn left onto Yellow Dog Road (if you wish to extend your ride, continue straight ahead for 2km to Steavenson Falls, then return to this point and turn right). Scenery is strikingly beautiful along the shared-use trail, which has many tree ferns alongside. Their presence develops new prominence as the area recovers from the devastating bushfires of 2009. Views are now more open as the bush regenerates and the colours of new growth contrast with remains of burnt trees.
After the shared-use section, you enter a very different riding environment – the trail becomes more rugged and you turn onto an overgrown fire trail. This has a couple of boggy spots in winter and a brief rocky section. The course is rideable any time of year, however, expect cold conditions in winter due to Marysville’s location, close to the ski fields. A flowing descent on ungroomed dirt continues to Michaeldene Trail which takes you through to near the finish. Take care crossing Lake Mountain Road, and the final downhill as you suddenly emerge onto the trail you started on.
Take the Maroondah Highway from Melbourne to Marysville, approximately 95km to the North East of 52 53 54 55 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.
7.781 km / 4.835 mi
244 m / 799 ft
547 m / 1,794 ft