Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Yaugher Foxtail Loop
Yaugher Foxtail Loop is the best ride to see and feel what Forrest offers. You get a good idea of the trail network and other options to include in your next ride. Soon after leaving the trailhead there’s a section of double track then the fun begins! Yaugher is not technical; it flows around many twists and turns through beautiful vegetation. You can also take a less experienced rider with you on this trail; it’s a good one for building skills and confidence while having a whole lot of fun.
Look for the sign marked Trail 7 at the Yaugher Trailhead. Soon after the start you encounter one of the very few wet spots on the course. Generally, the rest of the trail is well drained and rideable throughout the year, although it always pays to check the Forrest Trails website for changed trail conditions, especially in wet weather.
A narrow twisty trail through stands of grass trees and eucalypts gives a sense of fun and beauty. The technical challenges throughout this ride are quite consistent. You can ride with confidence at a speed that suits your ability. If you do come across another rider, give plenty of warning in order to pass safely on these narrow trails.
By turning onto Foxtail (at the sign for Trail number 10) you extend your ride a little and get to experience a couple of introductory level technical sections before rejoining the loop. Further into the ride there are some gentle climbs and descents, but these are not significant and just add exhilaration. You are likely to feel quite disoriented first time on the trail, but in reality you are never very far from the trailhead, and all other trails are clearly marked so you really can’t go wrong. As you are riding through mature forest there is always plenty of shade and protection from wind. The nature of the soil and the trail design enables year round riding.
The ride starts at the Yaugher Trailhead (which services the main network of trails). It is accessed from Boundary Road, a short distance north of Forrest, on the Forrest- Birregurra Road. Look for the sign marked Trail 7.
Food and Drink
You can get coffee, breakfast, lunch, a range of snacks, gourmet meats and cheeses and icecream from the Forrest General Store in the main street between 8am - 5pm everyday. Playpi Chocolate, situated across the road from the Forrest trailhead, is the place to try a hot chocolate, fabulous coffee, a tasty cafe style lunch or jump straight into a delicious dessert or chocolate open 10am -5pm daily. For dinner check out the The Forrest Brewery in the main st for great beer and informal , locally sourced food paired with their craft beer, local wines and freshly roasted coffee, open Sunday- Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-9pm and Friday- Saturday 9am- 10pm. The Terminus Hotel in Station Street for a good pub feed and friendly atmosphere, open daily for lunch and dinner. Grocery shopping in the town of Forrest is limited so it pays to stock up before you come. The Forrest general store has a range of essentials but for super-
market shopping stop at Colac or Winchelsea on the way.
Plenty of rider friendly accommodation right in Forrest catering for campers, families, singles and groups. Check out Airb&b or Stayz. Camping available at The Wonly Stables Caravan Park.
Visit Forrest Hire Bikes in the main street next to The General Store for maps of the trail network, along with information on local tourist attractions.
Suggested side trips include:
* Join a Paddle with the Platypus tour with Otway Eco Tours at Lake Elizabeth
• Drive down to the coast to Apollo Bay
• Ride or drive to Lake Elizabeth car park, then enjoy
a 20-30 minute walk down to the lake
• Try the local beers at the brewery
• Check out West Barwon Reservoir
* Tree Tops Adventure
* Stevensons Falls located at the end of a gravel rd approx 6km from Barramunga which is about 15 minutes drive from Forrest towards the coast.
• Great road cycling opportunities. The annual Amy’s Gran Fondo ride travels through this area.
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