Wow!! This is my personal favorite ride at Forrest. Mariners is sheer MTB pleasure for those with moderate to intermediate technical skills. We often talk about ‘flow’ to describe a great singletrack experience and this ride does that superbly. I found myself riding a lot of it about 20- 25kph without any great effort. With options to extend your ride, and suitability for less experienced friends as long as care is taken, Marriners Run is an exhilarating gem!
Mariners Run features many turns with well-designed berms reminiscent of a velodrome, giving an easy yet thrilling change of direction. There are a couple of short steep gullies just to add a bit more challenge and adventure. Plenty of logs and intermediate level technical features are perfect for developing skills. Nothing is extreme – just enough consistently challenging sections to add interest without detracting from the flow of the ride.
You don’t need super fitness for the hills and it is the sort of ride that invites you to return. It is easy to include additional loops before and after Marriners Run. For example, if a technical challenge is what you want, simply add the Grasstrees Loop when planning your ride (follow sign-post 8) for some more difficult conditions including log rides and drop-offs. Marriners has a very big grin rating!
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 ice cream 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 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 cycle-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.
0.0 From the Yaugher Trailhead, you access Marriners Run via the first part of Yaugher Loop (trail number 7). Approximately 3.2km along Yaugher Loop, the turnoff for Marriners is a left turn. After ~5.9km of pure riding pleasure (9km from start), you’ll reach a T-intersection (Foxtail, trail number 10). The choice is yours – turn left for a short return to the trailhead (~0.7km); or turn right to extend your trip along Foxtail then rejoin and complete the significantly longer Yaugher Loop.
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